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West Village welcomes delicious French bistro

Posted on April 17, 2013 | by Helen Owolabi

The Upper West Side’s little, whimsical bistro Sugar and Plumm has become a destination renowned for its delectable French sweets, pastries and chocolates. Now their treat are more convenient  for Downtown residents thanks to their location in the West Village, which opened March 28.

Situated on the corner of Bleecker and Cornelia streets, Sugar and Plumm offers a quirky, French cafe-like atmosphere. There is only a small seating area — with large windows looking out onto the charming neighborhood — and is better suited to takeout.

This neighborhood is home to myriad shops and restaurants, including popular bakeries and dessert shops, such as Amy’s Bread and Molly’s Cupcakes. But Sugar and Plumm’s fun ambience sets it apart from other treat stops.

Sales associate Erose Aziza loves working at the Sugar and Plumm in the West Village.

“The main thing [that makes us different] is how much effort we put into our bakery,” Aziza said. “We get the best ingredients and some of the best chefs, who are all from France.”

And the effort shows. Sugar and Plumm’s menu includes delicious, high-quality, French-inspired desserts at reasonable prices. Their popular French macarons ($2.25) come in flavors such as pistachio, rosewater, banana-chocolate and passion fruit. Their breakfast pastries include scrumptious varieties of scones, muffins and their famed almond croissants ($3-4). For the chocolate lover, the bistro also serves amazing homemade confections and boasts some of the world’s best raw ingredients for their chocolates. And you cannot forget the tasty cookies. All priced at $2.50, flavors range from classic chocolate to a mouth-watering  creme brulee.

The bakery also has great gluten-free cookies in a variety of flavors, freshly brewed coffee and cute bags of candies and chocolates that make perfect small gifts.

CAS sophomore Manuela Gil-Cupello tried the cookies and was far from disappointed.

“The creme brulee cookie was unique to me because I had never heard of that flavor before,” she said. “It was cakey and light, not too sweet and not too heavy. I also sampled the gingersnap cookies, which were a perfect blend of spicy and sweet.”

Sugar and Plumm is a great option either for satisfying a sugar craving with some delicious, high-quality sweets or for finding a charming gift for a friend.

Sugar and Plumm is located at 257 Bleecker St.


A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, April 17 print edition. Helen Owolabi is a contributing writer. Email her at


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