Cafe: Pan de Sal

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Pan de Sal



The other day, I was walking around Gramercy with a few eating buddies when we happened upon a quaint and cozy cafe called Pan de Sal.  A quick glimpse through the picture windows revealed brightly colored walls and the thing that was a dealmaker for me – an extensive cupcake and dessert spread!  In the name of research, of course, I had to stop in and see what all this dessert was about….

Our little peek in was worth it, as we were rewarded with a plethora of mini cupcakes:

– as well as macarons, cakes, tarts and croissants.  I decided to go with a mini red velvet, a popular choice at Pan de Sal:

This bite size morsel hit the spot – moist and flavorful, and topped with a dense and tart cream cheese frosting. My only regret was that I didn’t order two!

My eating buddy treated himself to a heartier meal – a coffee and chocolate croissant:

I snuck a taste of the croissant, which was flaky and fresh.  The chocolate filling was generous – oftentimes skimpy filling is a big issue (in my opinion) for chocolate croissants; no such worries here!

The decor was very bright and cheery, with this extensive mural adorning the walls:

…and the owner came by to take our order personally and provide recommendations.   Love the personal touch!

I especially liked these super-cute wedding cakes on display – especially the pink one!

Overall, the dining experience at Pan De Sal was warm and cozy – a perfect place to stop by for a quick bite on a weekend! If you’re in the neighborhood, stop in for a dessert or beverage!

Super cute cafe with friendly service.

Pan De Sal

245 East 21st St. (@2nd Ave)


What’s your favorite cupcake flavor?

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    March 5, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Such a cute little cafe! I love mini-anything, especially cupcakes. I used to be red velvet’s number one fan, but lately I’m loving carrot cake cupcakes with orange zest cream cheese frosting!

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    March 5, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I can see this place being extremely inviting for a tasty sweet! Those cakes look divine! Too bad there are no sweets for me this month…

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    March 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I must check this out on my next trip to NYC, which is soon. Thanks for your blog I will use it as a guide!

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    Chic 'n Cheap Living
    March 5, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Mmmm I’ll take mini red velvet any time!

    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

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    Dawn {The Alternative Wife}
    March 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Why do I not know of this place? I literally live a few blocks away…. Thanks for enlightening me. Will definitely check it out. 🙂 xoxo

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    March 5, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Those mini cupcakes look so good! I would love one right now. 🙂

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    March 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Oh, those wedding cakes are so pretty! And as for cupcakes, I think I have to run up to the workplace cafeteria for a poor substitute right now.

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    March 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    i love the first photo of the display and by love i mean want to eat all of it!

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