1872 Lexington Ave
NY. NY 10029
Welcome to East Harlem Spaha Cafe!!! Finally, I can walk out my door and grab a latte and croissant and pretend that I am in Paris! After many visits to Spaha, I am ready to write about the delicious treats I tried. Not only can you find some serious sweets here, Tika also serves sandwiches, soups, breads, croissants, and coffee. Every morning all the goodies are delivered fresh to the store. Some of the venders for Spaha Cafe are: Antopolis, Yummy Treat Bakery, La Tropezienne, and Balthazar. Tika told me today that she supports local bakeries and is always looking to sell new baked goods.
The unusually long cookies at Spaha come in Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Chip, and Chocolate with white chocolate chips. I tried the white chocolate chip today and loved every bite. The cookie is about 1/4 inch thick and 10 inches long! I have never seen a cookie this shape, but I liked it! Very crispy, both inside and out, the white chocolate chips added a creamy soft texture to every bite. I enjoyed a cup of coffee with mine, which I thought was the perfect pairing.
A cupcake to good to be true…MORE FROSTING THAN CAKE!!!! For all you frosting lovers out there (myself included) here is a cupcake for you! This cream cheese frosting is different than most. It has an essence of a whip cream frosting, yet also a cream cheese buttercream. It is like a cross between the two. I am not usually a fan of whip cream frosting, but the mix of both was intriguing and unique. I liked it! The cake is very dense, and a deep red color. With a strong cocoa taste, it is not the typical southern red velvet you may find in other bakeries. Keep in mind red velvet cake is a chocolate cake mix (plus vinegar and buttermilk) with red food coloring to make the red color. I find in eating many red velvet cakes/cupcakes that you either get the very red, southern style cake or the more gourmet chocolate, deep red cake. I appreciate both.
Dusted with cocoa on top, this gourmet cupcake is one to be reckoned with!
One of my favorite treats I had in Paris were the delicate fruit tarts. These fruit tarts are so beautiful to look at and sweet to eat! The crust is buttery and crunchy serving as a base for the vanilla creamy custard that is inside. It has a creme brulee thickness to it. On top is a variety of goreous fresh fruit decorated to catch your eye. With such a topping, you almost fool yourself into thinking it’s not a dessert!
Spaha Cafe has so much to offer! So jump on the 6 train and head uptown to 116th Street. I hope this is a sign of more things to come to East Harlem, but for now Spaha Cafe will rule the roost!