My friend Patty joined me in midtown for a quick coffee break while we waited for LiL Sis to finish getting a haircut. Right next door to the salon was Shelly's La Tradizonale on 57th. It was a bit brisk outside, but there was still outdoor seating. We grabbed a pastry and some hot coffee and decided to people watch while we waited.
I grabbed the cinnamon-dusted donut on looks alone. Doesn't it look scrumptious? Yeah, well, it wasn't. Bland, chewy, dry. Pass on this.
Patty got the chocolate babka. THIS was noteably good. We kept picking at it as we chatted--I think it had raisins or currants in it but I kept eating it anyway. An excellent companion to the dark, finely-crafted latte.
While the donut was disappointing, the service was excellent. Even though we were the only table sitting outside, our friendly, cheerful server never forgot on us and checked in on us frequently and brought us another round of lovely lattes.
If you're looking for a non-Starbucks option for coffee in midtown, especially with spacious outdoor people-watching abilities, pop over to Shelley Tradizionale! They have a wide menu of food options, but this is all I know of it so far--enough to go back for another visit!
Shelley's La Tradizonale
41 West 57th Street
New York, NY