Uptown Caffeine and Sweets

We decided to go do some shopping the other day at the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle.

Mr T needed some new work clothes and I was in desperate need of a new pair of shoes. Trekking around the city so much really puts a toll on your feet. My current pair of shoes actually has holes in the bottom from walking so much!

I almost always head to Fika when I'm uptown but I felt like I needed to try someplace new so we stopped into Zibetto, about a block away.

Zibetto was very tiny inside with a long skinny counter and standing room only. Everyone in the place from baristas to patrons were European. That's a good sign I believe. Europeans know their coffee.

I ordered up a cappuccino and Mr T got a macchiato. My cappuccino came out smooth and creamy.

I usually ask for a little sugar but this drink didn't need it at all. If I worked up in midtown I would have a hard time choosing between Zibetto's and Fika's coffee every day!

After our drinks we walked over and did about 10 minutes of shopping. Apparently we thought the Time Warner Center had more stores inside than it did! It really doesn't have much at all and we were left with tons of time before we wanted to go to dinner at Bar Masa.

So I suggested filling up on some treats at Bouchon Bakery! The first dessert we got was their Chocolate Chip Cookie.

I was a little disappointed in this overall. The first couple bites I had were of the outside edges. These were wonderful, crisp, chewy and buttery.

As I got towards the center though, the middle tasted kind of greasy. I think it was a little too thick and undercooked.

The other treat was much better- the Vanilla Macaron.

This was about as close to perfection as it gets. The outside was light and airy and the inside was sweet and chewy. The vanilla also tasted really natural. Sometimes when I get vanilla desserts they taste artificial. Here I felt like I was biting into a fresh vanilla bean.

So although shopping was a bust we enjoyed some good caffeine and sugar. We actually ended up doing an early dinner at Bar Masa since we were bored but that's a post for another day when I'm not so sleepy :)