DISATER STRIKES THE EAST VILLAGE

23 01 2009

Businesses are closing left and right in my hood. But with the economy as it is, c’est la vie. I mean seriously, did you really think a high-end lingerie store on Avenue B was viable? Your bad. When I saw Around the Clock on 3rd avenue with a sign out that said “last day” I was a little surprised. I haven’t been there in years but it’s a good place for college students to get their cheap grub on & I’ve never turned my nose up at a cheap restaurant with a full bar (although their bloody mary’s were lacking if I remember correctly). However, when I walked by Panya this morning and saw its shuttered doors, I had to muffle a cry.

WHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY????

Say it ain't so!

Say it ain't so!

This little Japanese bakery was the jam! It had unique reasonably priced goods most of which I had tried and loved. Fresh red bean buns with black sesame on top (chunky & smooth varieties). All kinds of croissants in both whole wheat and regular including chocolate, spinach and cheese, chocolate and banana, almond . . . ok, I’ll stop. But what about the green tea biscotti? Or the green tea tiramisu even? The seasonal favorites filled with pumpkin cream? This is just too much for me in the morning.

Then I came across this which confirmed my greatest fears.

Their coffee wasn’t great but it was cheap. And the BAKED GOODS! Man. If there’s one thing I hate it’s sub-par baked goods. You will never catch me munching on some week-old blueberry muffin at a catered meeting. There’s really nothing worse. And let me tell ya, if the coffee shop you’re going to doesn’t have a bakery, that’s probably what you’re eating. I used to work at one! We’d keep stuff out for weeks! Some are, of course, worse than others but it’s often surprising who the offenders are. Those cute little places with great coffee and friendly servers . . . just use your eyes, if it looks old it prob is. I went to a place I like for coffee, sat at the bar and noticed that fruit flies were swarming under the glass lid that had been put over a plate of brownies. Glad I never ate there. Word to the wise, you’re often better off going to a place like Au Bon Pan for baked goods since at least you know they were made that day. That’s why when a great, independent bakery like Panya goes down, it’s a real tragedy.

Panya, I will dump my latte on the office carpet in your memory.

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13 10 2009
New York Giveth and New York Taketh « ROM (Restaurant of the Month)

[…] a happy note, my beloved bakery Panya that closed down bringing me close to tears is RE-OPENING! Oh, happy day. It looks like the […]

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