The Fat Man strikes again!
After dinner not too long ago on the LES we decided to take a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood. My girl’s family actually grew up in this hood so we like to wander around and check out their old haunts. All of a sudden The Fat Man taps on my shoulder and points me in the direction of Veniero’s. Yes, I can’t resist so we decide to head on in.
Just had to wait on line for a few minutes for a table. When is there never a line here? At least you get to view the gigantic pastry counter with all its wonderful sugary offerings. All types of pastries, cookies, and gelato flavors. We were seated pretty quickly and handed the menus. There is so much stuff packed onto it that the actual letter size is super small to fit it all on the pages! Went with a regular coffee and trio of miniature pastries each. Hey, I’m trying to watch my figure as summer is just around the corner! I’m not fat – I’m just a bit oversized!
Mini cannolis, eclairs, napoleons, baba rum – all wonderful and tasty. OMG – the cream they use is amazing! Soft, rich, and light at the same time. The cannoli is the standard bearer and is perfectly made. A must when coming here. Also, the trio only costs $4.50 so it won’t make a big dent in your wallet, and offers a tasting of a few different things here. I did see many trays of normal sized desserts going by and they don’t skimp here – the slices of cakes, gelatos, and others treats were huge! The Fat Man approves!
My only knock on the place is that the seating is kind of cramped and you can basically lean over and start eating your neighbor’s desserts. ( I did actually start to do this in a moment of sugar insanity but a well placed fork stabbed into my hand halted that and jolted me out of my trance! ) The waitress service is kind of spotty. I could have used a refill on the coffee but no biggie. It was a perfect little dessert stop after a nice dinner, and I did not feel like a big fattie! Definitely a must visit if in the area. They have been around for over 100 years so this is a testament to their quality and loyal following.
Fat Man, sometimes I hate you. I’ll give you a pass tonight as this was a good call.
A few final points –
My fat ass had to be pushed out the door or I would have bought a ton of stuff to take home for breakfast time!
Had a view of a large picture of the former owner with Frank Sinatra hanging on the wall. Very cool when ol’ blue eyes is in the room.
Veniero’s Pastry Shop – http://www.venierospastry.com/