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Chiffon Doughnuts at BESFREN

BY TARA BURKE

We’ve been on a matcha/green tea kick lately so when we heard of the Jasmine Green Tea Chiffon Doughtnut at BESFREN we had to try it. BESFREN is located on 5th Ave. in Koreatown right by the Empire State Building. It is a cute space with all their fabulous desserts on display, housing about five small tables. If you haven’t been to BESFREN before it may be safer to look for the Cafe & Ginseng sign since the company, Korean Red Ginseng, renovated their location to collaborate with BESFREN just last year. In fact, the other side of the cafe still sells red ginseng extracts and powders. Once you see Cafe & Ginseng you know you’re in the right place and you’ll soon see BESFREN’s rabbit logo.

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Levain Bakery

BY TARA BURKE

Who doesn’t dream of chocolate chip cookies with crispy outsides, warm ooey gooey centers, melt in your mouth rich chocolate chips and crunchy walnuts? If I made anyone hungry just then,  you’ll need to head over to Levain Bakery! Levain Bakery in the Upper West Side is known for their world famous cookies and for good reason. They’re definitely the best cookies I’ve had outside my own kitchen. I’m partial to the just out of the oven slightly under cooked cookies, which is often hard to replicate in stores. However, Levain churns out freshly baked cookies throughout the day and keeps them warm, so they maintain that gooey middle. They also weigh in at six ounces so you are getting one big cookie!

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