From an evolutionary standpoint, we are designed to crave sweets and fats. Giving into our indulgences, though, can get pricey. Luckily, we have risked sugar highs and the resulting crashes to bring you three budget-friendly treats easily found near campus.
Raspberry Almond Crumble Muffin at Tu Lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery
In the midst of sugary sweetness and carbohydrate consumption, it is easy to forget about those who cannot eat gluten. However, a short walk to Tu Lu’s will surprise even the most devout gluten lovers. The raspberry almond crumble muffin ($2.75) is a popular treat and it is easy to see why. The crumbly top adorned with sliced almonds provides a slight crunch to give way to a subtly sweet interior that is perfectly complimented by bursts of raspberry
Location: 338 E. 11th St. New York, NY 10003
Hours of Operation: Sunday-Thursday 10:30am – 10pm , Friday and Saturday 10:30am-10:30pm
Chocolate Croissant at Patisserie Claude
Just a short walk from campus wafts the tantalizing smells of freshly baked heaven at Patisseri Claude. Comprised of layers upon layers of buttery, flakey goodness and filled with rich, quality chocolate, the chocolate croissants ($2.65) are a must-try. Unlike most chocolate croissants with a short hard log of chocolate in the middle, those at Patisserie Claude ensure optimal chocolate to croissant ratio.
Location: 187 W. 4th St. New York, NY 10014
Hours of Operation: 8am-8pm all week
Apple Cider Doughnut at Francesca’s Bakery (Union Square Greenmarket)
Under the popup tent of Francesca’s Bakery, glistening in a fine coating of cinnamon sugar lies a pile of the quintessential fall treat: apple cider doughnuts (75¢). Somehow managing to be simultaneously dense but light and fluffy in texture, the doughnut is well spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon. Just remember, the cinnamon sugar residue all over your fingers, plate and probably neighbor is all part of the experience.
Note: While the Union Square Greenmarket operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Francesca’s Bakery is only present on Fridays.
Location: E. 17th St. New York, NY 10003
Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 8am-6pm