Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lazy Latte Log: Financier Patisserie

TL;DR: ★★★★☆

My God, it's been a while. But in my defense, I had all sorts of crazy things going on, including moving apartments, which is always a huge pain in the rear.

All excuses and whining aside, I'm back with yet another Lazy Latte Log — this time, featuring Financier Patisserie. This guy (the Greenwich Village location, among several) was on my radar for quite some time as it is pretty close to my old apartment, but funnily enough, I finally gave it a try after I moved about 120 blocks up. Either way, this French-themed cafe actually exceeded my expectations.

Iced Americano ($2.75) and mini financier
(Astor Pl. & Broadway)

The very bright florescent lighting and clean, minimalistic decor gave the cafe a Pret-like feel to it, which kind of made me expect a not-too-great-but-still-better-than-Starbucks cup of coffee. Much to my surprise though, the iced Americano I got was delicious — I know, don't judge a book by its cover, right? It was stronger and bolder than I thought it'd be, which I appreciated, but slightly more bitter than I would've liked.

Another thing I really appreciated about this place is that every drink purchase comes with a mini financier, a small, French version of the pound cake. It's their specialty, obviously, given the name of the cafe, so it was nice to be able to sample some of it.

Last thing to note: They also have great macarons, some of which they had out as samples! And their pastries looked beautiful — I'll definitely check some out next time.

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