After a whirlwind Memorial Day weekend spent driving up to and staying in Santa Cruz, CA for my cousin’s wedding, my brother and I were off on a red-eye flight to New York, where his girlfriend was completing law school.
Luckily, I have no trouble falling asleep anywhere, anytime, so after landing, taking a taxi to my brother’s girlfriend’s apartment, walking up and down five flights of stairs, we had our first meal in New York at Petite Abeille.
The interior was small and a bit cluttered, which added a homey charm to the restaurant. The tables were clothed in blue and white anchor checkers (as seen on their website and in the picture below).
Although I am not usually a fan of sweet breakfasts, I ordered the Gaufre aux Fraises which was described as a “waffle with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.”
This simple breakfast dish of a single, fluffy waffle with a crisp exterior and topped with fresh, juicy strawberries changed my mind about “sweet” breakfast dishes. In fact, the Belgian waffle wasn’t particularly sweet, but hidden beneath the waffle was a fresh and delicious strawberry puree that added just a hint of sweetness. Topped with whipped cream and a mist of powdered sugar, I was impressed that the dish, while small and simple, left me wholly satisfied.
(since I visited this restaurant back in May 2009, I don’t remember which location this particular meal was from)
401 East 20th St.
466 Hudson St.
44 West 17th St.
134 West Broadway
New York, NY