In the cool weather, the temptation of a warm, gooey pastry for breakfast is tough to beat. Sticky buns and cinnamon rolls are the perfect comfort food breakfast choices for a sweet meal on the go or to leisurely enjoy during a lazy weekend brunch. By Sarah Shaker.
Available in regular or mini sized, the Raisin Swirl at the recently opened Croissanteria in the East Village is a freshly baked cinnamon bun to grab on the go. Don’t forget to order a coffee or espresso drink to enjoy with your bun for the perfect wake-me-up combination. And stop by Croissanteria for a sandwich on a crispy croissant, like the Prosciutto di Parma (Buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto, tomato, basil, extra virgin olive oil and cracked pepper) or Nutella and Banana.
Chelsea Bun, Allswell
A sticky sugar glaze coats Spotted Pig veteran Nate Smith’s Chelsea Bun at Allswell. This Williamsburg restaurant’s menu changes daily depending on what’s available at local markets, making for fresh and interesting meals. Start your brunch off with one of their sweet Chelsea buns for a fresh pastry indulgence priced at only $2.
Pecan Sticky Bun, The Queens Kickshaw
Known in the neighborhood for their fancy grilled cheese sandwiches, The Queens Kickshaw is a local favorite for delicious, relaxed comfort food fare and serious coffee. Next time you’re in Astoria, stop by for a Pecan Sticky Bun, a sweet morning pastry topped in crispy pecans delivered fresh from Balthazar Bakery. Or stay a while longer on the weekends for their brunch menu and potent cocktails.
Swirled with cinnamon and slathered with sweetened mascarpone, the Monkey Bread at Peels on Bowery begs you to pull it apart. This breakfast bread uses the same brioche dough in their popular St. Louis Sticky Gooey Cake, is topped with a slightly chewy crumb and a caramelized crust on the bottom then cut into thick slices when ordered.
Hot Cross Bun, The Breslin
If you’re not munching on the fried peanut butter and banana sandwich for breakfast at this Midtown hotel restaurant, you can’t go wrong with the indulgent hot cross bun. Pastry chef Katzie Guy-Hamilton bakes the dough with butter and sea salt, sultanas, tea-soaked currants and candied orange peel and crosses the top with a sweet orange glaze. These buns are savory and mildly sweet for a wonderful addition to your brunch as The Breslin in the always-trendy Ace Hotel.
Cinnamon Rolls, Clementine Bakery
Between Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy, you’ll find the sweetest vegan and organic shop – the home to Clementine Bakery. Take the G train to try their gooey, fluffy Cinnamon Rolls. For those with an allergy or on a special diet, Clementine’s is the perfect spot in Brooklyn to enjoy gluten-free treats without any worry. From muffins to cakes, enjoy all of their baked goods with Kitten Coffee.
Brioche Cinnamon Roll, 'wichcraft
Baked fresh daily for all ‘wichcraft locations throughout the city, the Brioche Cinnamon Rolls are not only delicious, but under 300 calories! Who knew you could pack so much flavor into a lower calorie breakfast pastry? Say goodbye to Cinnabon in the suburbs and hello to ‘wichcraft’s lower calorie city version.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.