For Jodi's Birthday, we went to Sugar and Plumm's location on the Upper West Side, the reason being that the last time we passed by that place, Jodi immediately noticed their coconut cake!!! So, it was Her day!
The place is fun because it mainly caters to families and it definitely is not where one should go for a romantic dinner! If you really want to go there, but would like to avoid family crowds, it is better that you go after 2pm if not 3pm.
When you enter Sugar and Plum, you will notice three areas:
The candy area on the right that is amazing!
Not because if the regular candies by the pound they sell, that are pretty standard.
But because of the ones made of chocolate, some if them being spectacular, like this red shoe (Jodi loved it!):
or a bottle of champagne:
In the center, various items:
Croissants, pains au chocolat or cookies
Pastries, cakes and cupcakes:
or ice cream and sorbet:
Last, on the left, the dining room with its colorful mosaic on the wall, accentuating how fun this place is.
We started our lunch with the following. For Jodi, the ham and cheese crepe.
The darker color of the crepe was a clear indication that it was made with buckwheat. There was a nice amount if cheese, however, for $12, I would have expected a salad on the side. Besides being pricey, it was very good and similar to a crepe I would have eaten in Paris.
So, as there was no salad, Jodi ordered one!
Let's face it: it was just a salad. Nothing to dream about.
I decided to order the chicken and waffles. I love this Southern concept and it is the perfect example of how sweet and savory can be successfully combined together!
I immediately saw that the chicken was not fried, but probably baked. I did not like it: fry with a weird taste and with the skin missing some crispness. For sure healthier, but who cares!
The waffle however was delicious! Dense but not too much, with a fantastic taste enhanced by vanilla.
To go with the chicken and waffles, I went for a vanilla milkshake:
It was very good: tasty, it had the perfect consistency which is that I did not have to struggle to get it through the straw, even if that straw was a bigger one.
Then was time for the long awaited dessert!!! The coconut cake:
It was quite appetizing and we liked it although it does not measure up with the one at Balthazar or the coconut cream pie at Billy's.
I think that if you like waffles or have kids, Sugar and Plum is the place for you. For instance, we witnessed the patience of the staff and their kindness toward children (also the adults!). Otherwise, I thought that some items were overpriced.
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