Ninth Street Espresso

Ninth Street Espresso
Lombardy Hotel
109 East 56th St
New York, NY  10022
646.559.4793
Mondays – Fridays, 7 AM – 7 PM
Saturdays & Sundays, 8 AM – 5PM
http://www.ninthstreetespresso.com/

The Ninth Street Espresso is considered the first quality-driven, specialty coffee bar in the city.  They are located between the Harlow and the Lombardy Hotel, and have a very small, but honest menu – since this is a coffee place, they offer what they are known for: coffee!  Brewed coffee, iced coffee, espresso, and espresso with milk (they also have tea, too).

Underneath the cash register, there is a little case of pastries from Balthazar’s: plain and almond croissants, danishes, and muffins.

I had the espresso with milk and an almond croissant.  The espresso came with a cute heart art on top – very strong, but very tasty, and probably one of the best espressos I’ve had!

The almond croissant was also nice, as it was pretty large, had a nice caramelized/crunchy crust with slivers of almond, and it was perfect with the cup of espresso.

The baristas here are friendly, professional, and really take care in making a perfect cup (you can see that in how they prepare the beverage for you!).  Definitely a cute place to stop by to get some caffeine!

+delicious espresso with milk
+Balthazar pastries (almond croissant)

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Savvy Treats

Savvy Treats
90 West Montgomery Avenue
Rockville, MD  20850
202.422.5173
Tuesdays – Saturdays, 11 AM – 7 PM
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
http://www.savvytreats.com/

Savvy Treats is a small little bakery in Rockville that offers cakes, cupcakes, mini cupcakes, and breads.  They recently added some pies (such as the pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and the apple) as well.

Owned by  Ms. Cheryl, who is the most personable individual ever, she was super sweet and made sure that we got everything we were looking for!

Ms. Cheryl mentioned that there were some fresh mini cannolis, so I had to get myself one of those!  I also got some of their cupcakes (Chocolate Peppermint Truffle, Red Velvet, Toffee Crunch, and Salty Caramel), as well as an assortment of their holiday sugar cookies (mitten-/candy cane-/gingerbread man-/star-shaped ones) and a slice of their pumpkin pie.  I liked the gingerbread man and the Chocolate Peppermint Truffle (super dense and decadent, I liked the peppermint touch).

Recently, I had a chance to try one of Ms. Cheryl’s breakfast breads – the Banana Nut is to DIE for!  It was so moist, filled with a great generous amount of nuts, had a lovely banana taste to it, and it was overall a wonderful bread to chow down on!  Make sure you get a chance to check those out!

They also have milk, coffee, tea, juice, soda, and water for beverages, some apparel wear, and Papyrus greeting cards (super convenient!).

This is more of a to-go bakery, but there are some stools where you can enjoy your treats before you go. Check this adorable and tasty bakery out!

+Banana Nut breakfast bread!
+cupcakes
+breads
+addition of pies!
+cannolis
+ask for Ms. Cheryl
+free parking in shared plaza lot