I travel a lot with my kids and one thing I always look for is a restaurant that they will enjoy with edible food for me. While in NYC with my son Will, I was really excited to take him to Sugar and Plumm located in the Upper West Side of New York City.
We took a cab from Times Square which cost us about $10 but brought us to a part of the city he had never experienced. Away from Times Square and the more touristy spots, Sugar and Plumm is equally a great escape from the lights and noise and an entry into an almost Willy Wonka-esque world.
The restaurant is part café, bakery, sweet shoppe and ice cream store. When you walk through the front door, you are greeted by a hostess who leads you past the candy shoppe and into the restaurant area. Will loved the brightly coloured murals on the walls and the smell of candy and chocolate that wafted through the room.
Will began lunch with The Candy Shop milkshake which contained mainly vanilla ice cream, sprinkles and candy. The children’s menu offered a good selection including a great homemade mac and cheese and the adult food I ordered was quite good. The restaurant menu offers a range of items from brunch staples and soups and salads to organic salmon and free-range chicken breast dinner plates. Most items were priced between $12 and $20 a plate.
I would recommend deciding if you want to go for lunch or simply dessert because once we were done lunch we were too full to indulge in the incredible dessert menu. I would love to return just to try the specialty ice cream sundaes we simply didn’t have room for.
On the way out, we hit the sweet shoppe and picked up some incredible macaroons and chocolates all made in-house which we ate as dessert that night. Seeing the restaurant was so close to Central Park, we worked off our meal climbing rocks and playing in the playground. A definite not miss, for the sweetie in your life.
The Sugar and Plumm flagship store and restaurant is located at 377 Amsterdam Avenue and a second store has now opened in the West Village at 257 Bleecker Street.