243 Bleecker Street
(between Carmine St and Leroy St)
New York, NY 10014
Monday through Sunday (opens at 7:30 a.m. daily; closes at 12:00 a.m. on Monday-Thursday and Sunday, 1:00 a.m. on Friday, and 1:30 a.m. on Saturday)
We stumbled upon this place by accident as we were traipsing our way from the Lower East Side to the West Village to shop at one of our favorite hat stores. And what a wonderful accident it was! They have an assortment of gigantic cookies displayed in the window of the store, which was enough to catch my attention. But what drew us in was the masses of people lined up for their bakery goods. So we squeezed our way through and made it to the other side for “dining.” I use “dining” loosely because they have tables alongside the bakery where you may sit, but casually waited on.
The menu is overwhelming with sweets and treats. The options all sound tasty, so it was hard for us to choose. So we each went with a cannoli… no frills, no thrills. Just one regular cannoli. Each cannoli is filled with pastry to order, which is what it should be! Ours came with topped with pistachio, chocolate chips, and dusted with powdered sugar.
The cannoli, crisp, breaks apart with every bite shell, a light and creamy pastry filling that oozed out of the each end of the cannoli, was everything I expected from a cannoli in New York. Paired with a Cafe Americano, it was spectacular. The service, not so much, but I wasn’t there for the service.
I don’t know if these are the best cannolis in NYC, but they were damn good to me!