Patisserie Tomoko

Patisserie Tomoko

Remember that post we did about the strawberry shortcake from Ogawaken in Tokyo, Japan? Well, we’ve found our home away from home dessert spot right here in our stomping grounds, Williamsburg. Located on Union Avenue between Richardson and Frost street and next to Re.Union, this little gem takes a more contemporary approach to Euro-Japanese dessert making. Chef Tomoko, who has worked in well-established restaurants across New York like Bouley, Le Bernadin, and the Russian Tea Room, brings her expertise and knowledge to her patisserie.

Patisserie Tomoko has a distinct bar-like feel with its U-shaped counter and seats surrounding an open kitchen area. It’s the perfect quiet spot for some tea and cake. The menu offerings range from an array of sweets displayed in the counter’s glass casing to two prix fixe dessert choices, the Standard ($12) which comes with two courses and the Premium ($16) with three courses for those with an extra sweet tooth. We went with the Standard prix fixe, where we chose a Zuzu Cheesecake (pictured) as our “main course” and a separate order of Berry Tart and green tea. First came the cheesecake and tart. Both were refined to the right amount of sweetness, as most Japanese desserts are—not too overpowering and not too bland. Hints of citrus cut through the creamy cheese filling, bringing an overall zestiness to the dish. The blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries on the tart were extremely fresh, and a dollop of whipped cream along with the crust and custard filling created a scrumptious spoonful. Finally, a plate of rose macaroon, coconut crisp, and black sesame caramel sandwich completed our course.

Between the two of us, this meal satiated our sweet cravings but did not leave us with that heaviness that extra sweet cupcakes or double layered chocolate cakes so often do. Next time you get the craving for something sugary and light, stop by Patisserie Tomoko for a pot of tea and your choice of dessert!

Rings: Lips Piercing Ring by Delfina Delettrez and Smiley Pearl Ring by Nectar de Stagni. Featuring Shodo nails by the amazing Lady Fancy Nails.

Patisserie Tomoko
68 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
www.patisserietomoko.com

National Honey Month

To celebrate National Honey Month, We8that presents our top 3 favorite honey infused dishes and drinks from around the city.

EMILY (pictured above)
Pizza and honey might not be your typical combination, but somehow Emily makes it work like magic. This snug little pizzeria is steps away from the Clinton-Washington Avenues station, and offers delightful pies that will blow your mind. The Colony and Emily are two different takes on a honey pizza. While the Colony is a more savory pie with crispy pepperoni and spicy jalapeños, the Emily is a slightly sweeter vegetarian friendly pie, topped with mozzarella, truffle sottocenere, a sprinkle of crushed pistachios, and to finish, a drizzle of honey. The wait at Emily’s can be quite a long one during peak hours. But there is no need to fret, making a reservation on OpenTable will insure you a seat on arrival, or you can head over to Sisters, a bar across the street, where you can enjoy a delicious cocktail while killing time.

919 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 844-9588
www.pizzalovesemily.com

GREECOLOGIES
If you’re a yogurt lover and want to try some seriously delicious creations served with honey, swing by Greecologies in Little Italy. This beautiful “acropolistic” shop offers yogurt from grass fed cows–that means no GMOs, sweeteners, or thickeners. We recommend both the traditional and strained type topped with fresh blueberries, raspberries, and a dollop of their “luscious honey.” Along with their beautifully packaged jams and granola on sale, Greek mythology and history books are available for your reading pleasure.

379 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
(212) 941-0100
www.greecologies.com

JACOB’S PICKLES
Along with their delicious heart-warming comfort food, Jacob’s Pickles serves some exquisite drinks that will leave you happy and satisfied. Try the Honey Julep (pictured to the right), a concoction of four roses bourbon, muddle mint, and honey syrup – if you are a sweet tooth go for this one! Or, if you prefer your drinks on the more refreshing side, try the Tennessee Honey Suckle (pictured to the left), which includes Dickle #12, orange preserves, clover honey, and fresh squeezed lemonade.

509 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
(212) 470-5566
www.jacobspickles.com

Re.Union

Amongst the new luxury condos on Union Avenue in Williamsburg lies Re.union cafe. Re.union cafe believes in organic dining and supporting small businesses in the neighborhood. Read more about the owners and how it came about here.

I met my sister for brunch and some coffee on a Saturday afternoon. We ordered the Shakshouka, the one thing everybody on yelp was raving about. No surprise, it was delicious, a perfect combo of tomato, eggs, and a blend of seasonal vegetables. Along with the Shakshouka came slices of french bread. If you find yourself short of bread, don’t be shy to ask for some extra.

However, the true star of the show was the Nutella Panini. Naomi who normally has an almost non-existing craving for sweets was blown away by this sandwich. This is a sweet treat that comes with two slices of soft fluffy bread, and slathered between you’ll find nutella, sliced bananas, and fresh strawberries. It’s the thick slices of crisp, freshly toasted bread with a sprinkle of powdered sugar that sets it apart from any other Nutella sandwich out there. A perfect alternative to pancakes or french toast, if you are craving something sweet in the morning.

Re.Union
544 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
www.reunionyc.com

Dough

If you find yourself around Union Square or Flatiron District in New York, stop by Dough, the most recent doughnut sensation in town. Fany Gerson, owner and chef, opened her first store in the unassuming neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Soon after, word got around that there was a delicious doughnut shop that combined unexpected and unique flavors to create sweet delectable treats. Since then, Dough has been covered by the New York Times, the Gothamist, and many other renowned food networks, and has now opened a new store on 19th Street off Fifth Avenue.

From when I was little, I’ve always loved pink donuts (Naomi always got the chocolate). Whenever we went to Dunkin’ Donuts as kids I would always get a doughnut with pink icing and sprinkles. 20 years later, that craving has not gone anywhere. The first thing I ordered when I got to Dough was their, needless to say, pink hibiscus donut. It’s a shiny magenta pink, with tiny bits of dried hibiscus on the side. The tangy but sweet glaze goes perfectly with the dense chewy dough, and their coffee is just the perfect beverage to sip in between bites. We also recommend their Earl Grey donut, which is only available during certain days, so if you spot one, make sure to grab it!

Dough
14 W 19th St New York, NY 10011
www.doughbrooklyn.com/

Le Barricou

Our grandmother from Oregon once shared her experience with “the grapefruit diet.” This lifestyle consisted of eating grapefruit for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It didn’t last for long, all that acidity couldn’t be good for the stomach.

If you chance to walk past Le Barricou on a hot Sunday morning, you are sure to catch happy brunchers scooping mouthfuls of the “half grapefruit.” It is all you could ever wish for, and more. This juicy citrus is topped with fennel pollen, maldon sea salt, and sugar sprinkle. It’s unique mixture somehow fully counteracts any bitterness of the fruit, and brings out its hidden sweetness. My grandma would have surely succeeded with her diet if she had known about this recipe.

Also, if you wish to go on a more traditional sweet tooth route, their pancakes are fluffy and possibly the biggest you will ever set eyes on!

Le Barricou
533 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 782-7372
www.lebarricouny.com/