Bee’s Knees Baking Company, known for their delicious cake cups, just opened the doors to its new location in Kips Bay. The space is a sultry addition to the block and I’m predicting, a new favorite date spot for many. Which is why I asked my friend Mahvesh to join me and check it out before she moved back to Ohio (side note: comebackalreadyplease).
I was excited to check out their new expanded menu from their flagship store in the West Village. It’s still going to be a spot for dessert and drinks, but they’re expanding their menu to include light, savory bites. I quickly got comfortable in the cozy space — I felt it could easily transition from a communal dinner to a more intimate setting. When I got there, there was an older couple on a date, a group of friends gabbing away, and even a few people were even working on their laptops in different corners (free WiFi is so key in this city…it almost made me wish I was a student again. Wait, blogger. Duh.).
Founder Billy Mayer — easily one of THE nicest people I’ve ever met — was working behind the counter and gave us a sampling of their menu which was every bit as delicious as I’d hoped for, starting with their maple siracha spiced nuts.
We moved on to coffee made with Counter Culture coffee beans (amazing), black toasted coconut tea, and a gluten-free blueberry lemon muffin. The muffin was not overly sweet, super soft, and you could taste hints of both the blueberry and lemon:
We moved on to a cheese plate, which included two step goat cheese (soft, and crumbly like brie), sheepsmilk cheese from Vermont, Danish blue cheese, and a side of housemade olive oil, herb crackers, and spicy mustard. Later, Billy brought out a white bean and sundried tomato spread with focacia bread. The variety was on point for savory bites.
Just when we thought we couldn’t have any more, we are offered dessert. We get little cake balls, but not the usual kind — these are red velvet with toasted pecan, chocolate, and graham crackers.
We’re then treated to salted caramel brownies (perfect for chocolate lovers), chocolate cherry oat bar (which tastes like a luxe granola bar), and a peanut butter and jelly brownie bar (I’m not a big peanut butter consumer, but if you are, this one should be your pick). The extra chocolatey salted caramel took my heart.
Billy threw in their famous cake cups in a to go box. Their espresso mousse with white chocolate is like eating delicious clouds made of coffee. If you’re a java lover and going to try one dessert, it’s this one!
Can’t wait to go back. I was wanting to find more coffee places with WiFi and a nice ambiance to get work done, and the opening of Bee’s Knees gives me one more option. Thanks so much to Billy for his hospitality!
Meal: After work bites
Occasion: Last meal with my Mahvvvvy!
(Out of three stars)
Would I go back?: Yes!
Bee’s Knees Baking Company
27 3rd Ave
between 25th and 26th street
New York, NY 10003
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