A little while back Jim Lahey sold his interest in the Sullivan St. Bakery in Soho to focus his attention on the branch in Hell’s Kitchen (47th between 10th and 11th). It’s where everything is made (and transported around the city)- PLUS there’s a small counter where those of us unlucky enough to live West of 10th Avenue, can pick up their delicious pizza, bread and now sandwiches to-go. The sandwiches were introduced a few months ago replacing a lot of the baked sweets.
Well it looks like the real change is coming now… Walking by the Sullivan St. Bakery today, I saw a public notice in the window… an application for a liquor license. Apparently they are going to be breaking down a wall and turning the whole front of the operation into a place for more then just take-out bread and pizza. Right now the right side and left side are seperated by a wall, with the left side used to store the bread before it’s loaded onto the delivery trucks to make it’s way around the city.
Who knows how long it will take… but it will certainly be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. I’m sure the amazing pizzas they have will be delicious with a nice microbrew, or glass of wine. After yesterday’s NY Post Hooker article, it seems like there’s some folks in the neighborhood who could use a little drink!
A funny side note… there was a cooking camp for kids getting a tour of the bakery while I was there, and I got to snap this photo. Looks like Mario Batali fans might skew a little younger then we thought!
Sullivan Street Bakery, 533 W. 47th St. (btw. 10th & 11th), 212-265-5580
Before heading to Trader Joe’s I stopped in to Vanessa’s Dumplings for a little lunch the other day… Only a block away, it’s a great, cheap stop in the East Village if you’re looking for some dumplings. YOu can get a four or five pieces order of dumplings for $1.99, or and 8 pieces order for $3.49 to $4.49 depending on the type of dumpling.
I went for the four piece Chive and Pork Dumplings (show below). They might not have been the best dumpling I’ve ever had… but for the price they are a great option if you’re in that neighborhood.
I also decided to try the Sesame Pancake Sandwich with roast pork… a sandwich made from chopped roast pork, lettuce, carrots and cilantro all stuffed between two pieces of this fluffy scallion bread/pancake kind of thing. It was very tasty… but also pretty greasy. Definetely a bargain at $2.99.
They also have frozen dumplings in packs of 30… a great option if you are every throwing a party. $7.00 to $11.00 depending on the dumpling.
THE + (what people who like this place would say)
- Super good dumplings in the East Village
- Quick and easy and really cheap
- Great lunch option if you work in the area
THE – (what people who don’t like this place would say)
- There are much better and cheaper dumplings to be had in NYC (most them in Chinatown)
- Too Greasy
- Decor is really dingy
Vanessa’s Dumplings, 220 E. 14th St. btw. 2nd & 3rd Ave., 212-529-1329