Chocolatier/dessert shop: Stick With Me Sweets
- Cuisine: Handmade chocolate, high-end sweets
- Pricing: $-$$
- What's delicious: Bonbons, caramels
- Perfect for: Dessert takeaway (single-serve or for groups/events), foodies, art buffs, gifts for the girl/guy who "has everything"
- Menu: Click here
En route to meet my cousins for brunch a few Sunday's ago, I happened upon a very curious shop on Mott Street. I say "curious," because its signage was in the shape of a candy wrapper! And we all know what a sugar whore I am, no matter if the time of day is early afternoon or, in this case, 10:30AM.
The wording on the 'candy wrapper sign' read "Stick With Me," so I just assumed it was a shop that sold Venus flytraps or the like. Just kidding...
Needless to say, I was shocked to see that a specialty candy shop was already open at 10AM - on a Sunday - until I remembered that "I wasn't in Kansas Los Angeles anymore." Just another reason why I love NYC so goddamn much. Upon peering in the window, I was hesitant to enter as there was a live photo-shoot. However, after having locked eyes with one of the employees, she smiled and mouthed, "Come in!"
Inside the small shop, white-washed exposed brick walls anchored metal shelves that were lined with handmade, decoratively-wrapped delectables in the form of: Flavored marshmallows, chocolate bark, nougat, truffles, and nut butters.
Just beyond the treat-lined wall was an L-shaped glass case filled with gorgeous bonbons, flavored caramels, and petit-fours. "We were founded by Susanna Yoon, the former chocolatier at Per Se," employee, Nina, mentioned. "We've only been open since December 2014, but business has been really great!" From the moment I stepped foot within the shop, I knew I was going to be in for something special; but it wasn't until Nina mentioned "Per Se" that I was confident this experience would be transcendent. "Since we're almost done with the photo shoot," she advised, "many of the bonbons are already cut in to halves. Feel free to sample them and take as many photos as you'd like!" Wow, was she serious? Talk about amazing timing on my part!
Of the plethora that I sampled, the "P.B. & Jelly" bonbon was my favorite. It was so exquisite, in fact, that I purchased a box of 6 as a hostess gift for my upcoming stay with my sister at her new home in Miami.
FYI: Stick With Me carries 24 (bonbon) flavor varieties!
And then there were those gooey, uniquely-flavored caramels! 'Yuzu & Salt,' anybody? Yes, please! Actually, make that a 'hell yes!'
Being the world's biggest fan of southern-style petit-fours (in essence, bite-sized cake drowned in a tooth achingly-sweet icing), I simply could not keep my eyes off of the mini "birthday cakes" displayed in the cake/dessert case adjacent to the bonbons. "Oh my gosh, Nina," I exclaimed, "I simply must have one of the pink cakes to-go! That is the cutest thing I've ever seen!!"
Although I wouldn't sample the cake until later that evening, I will say that, while the interior "cake" portion was scrumptious, the icing was gummy and a bit flavorless.
Despite being a bit full when I arrived at brunch, I could not have been happier! Not only had I crossed a task off of my "to do" list (buy sister a hostess gift), but I found a unique - even by NYC standards - dessert shop that is, truly, one of a kind! To be honest, I hesitated posting this recap because, selfishly, I don't want to worry about any of you *also* bringing bonbons to the next party we're at together!
For a full list of menu items, click here.
Until we eat again,
The Lunch Belle