Part 2: A sweet bite of the Big Apple: Sunburst Espresso Bar, NYC

Inside Sunburst

I’d frequent this cute little cafe on 18th and 3rd practically every day after work. A warm mug of cappuccino pairs wonderfully with their crumb cakes – both the gooey chocolate one (warmed up to make the chocolate cake even more melty and gooey than it already is) as well as their raspberry one (my personal favourite, because the vanilla cake layer is so perfectly dense and buttery that throwing chocolate in would just distract from the simplicity of this impeccably-baked cake).

My favorite raspberry crumble...moist slab of vanilla cake coated with sticky sweet raspberry glaze, and topped off with densely packed streusel nuggets laced with icing and raspberry glaze drizzle
The chocolate version of the crumb cake, like a brownie on steroids.

Great loose leaf tea selection too – they have this yummy ginger peach tea that I’d discovered in Austin and have loved ever since. 

Worth mentioning that I often ate dinner here on weeknights, with my usual picks either being one of their hearty soups served up with homemade buttery biscuits, or their spicy grilled chicken and raisin-sprinkled couscous wrap. Nothing too fancy, but was right for a fast and no-fuss dinner. Yep, die-hard foodies enjoy ordinary food from their neighbourhood cafe too. I even ordered a lettuce-tomato-and-turkey sandwich from the deli across the street at the other day. It happens, more often than you’d think. 

Also check out Part 1: A sweet bite of the Big Apple: Financier Patisserie, NYC

Sunburst Espresso Bar
206 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10003
Phone: +1 (212) 674-1702

Author: InaFryingPan

With a family legacy of ingenious cooks, a nutritionist and chef-extraordinaire mother, and a father who introduced me to steak and caviar when I could barely reach the table, I had no choice but to acquire a keen awareness of food during my childhood years in Dubai. But it was only after I found myself on a college campus in Philadelphia – far away from home, too cheap as a student to spend on anything other than pizza, and with dorm rooms that had little rat-holes of kitchens if they even had them at all – when I developed a heightened appreciation of food. An appreciation of food that I once ate every night at the dinner table in Dubai, but that was now an entire ocean away. I lusted for the culinary treasures that lay outside the stale walls of my college dining hall, hijacked friends’ kitchens to try my hand at something, anything , remotely edible, and greedily raided different websites in search of highly-rated restaurants. With my move to New York to work for a consulting firm that secretly harbored self-professed foodies, my appreciation transformed into a passion, an addicition. I felt like everyone around me in New York was talking about food: where to get the best cupcakes, pizza slices, banh mi, kati rolls, pho, fried chicken, and every other food item out there that is just a plain old dish in some part of the world, but that’s become hyped to unforeseen proportions in New York. What fuelled my addiction over time was travel to different cities, both for work and play, which gave me unfettered access to the culinary havens of not only New York, but also of DC, Virginia, Chicago, Houston, Vegas, Austin, Seattle and even a little city called Bentonville (Arkansas!). After 9 years away from home, I’ve finally taken the leap to come back to Dubai – with not just an awareness, but genuine appreciation and passionate addiction for what I’d taken for granted as a child. Mom, I’m back to reclaim my seat at your dinner table, and to rediscover this city with its ever-expanding menu of international flavors.

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