Every night, when Kat and I went back to our apartment, we would see people gathered around at the shop next door. One night, curiosity got hold of me and I decided to take a peek. And guess what? Its an ice cream shop! Lula’s Sweet Apothecary is an all vegan ice cream parlour offering sundaes, sodas, sweets – the place is decorated to remind you of old school soda shop (even the staff was dressed to the part).

Lula

Root beer ice cream (US$3.75)

Lula has conventional flavours like chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. On the night I was there, I decided to be adventurous and go for the root beer ice cream which tasted like … root beer but it was not as sweet as the drink. It was actually strangely nice. Slurp!

Abraco

Iced coffee (US$2.50)

As I walked to the train station in the morning, I would see bikers, office workers crowding around this tiny coffee shop. Since I needed a java jab, I sneaked in and took a look. Abraco is this small espresso bar that smelled delicious, not just from the coffee but from their amazing looking breakfast items. They have brioche, croissants, and muffins. If not, I was meeting a friend for breakfast, I will definitely bag one for the road. In the end, I ordered the simple iced coffee which was rich and bitter – the way I like my coffee. Sip!

Bouchon Bakery

The place for breakfast was Bouchon Bakery. Opened earlier this year, Bouchon Bakery took over the space from the iconic Dean and Deluca, serving breakfast treats, desserts and pastries. And yes Bouchon is the brainchild of Thomas Keller.

Ham and cheese croissant

For breakfast, I ordered the classic ham and cheese croissant. I wished they have toasted the croissant a bit more – the sandwich was bordering between lukewarm and cold (from the ham and cheese). I like my sandwich to be warm and toasty.

Chocolate eclair

The innard

Bouchon has this amazing desserts display case, showcasing all the sweet treats. And I cannot resist and order a chocolate éclair. I love the chocolate éclair – crunchy chocolate ganache on top, filled with a generous amount of chocolate cream. Sweet!

Lula’s Sweet Apothecary
516 East 6th Street
NY 10009
+1-646-4815852
Opening hours: 3.00pm–10.00pm (Tue, Wed, Sun), 3pm–1130pm (Thu-Sat)

Abraco Espresso
86 East 7th Street
NY 10003
Opening hours: 8.00am–4.00pm (Tue-Sat), 9.00am–4.00pm (Sun)

Bouchon Bakery (they also have another outlet at Time Warner Center)
One Rockefeller Center (facing the Today Show)
NY 10020
+1-212-7823890
Opening hours: 7.00am – 7.00pm (Mon-Fri), 8.00am– 8.00pm (Sat, Sun)