These days, a visit to the Rue de Rivoli across from the Tuileries Gardens in Paris is but a dream, a wish. In the meantime, Angelina — a famous Paris tearoom known for hot chocolate, and an attraction at No. 226 for more than 100 years — has come to New York, with the company’s first American branch. (There are already locations throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.) At the entrance to the pale, lightly gilded space, there’s a broad counter for coffee, chocolate and pastries, including the store’s Mont Blanc chestnut confection. Noémie Tessier, a pastry chef from Paris, is now in New York, where she has created a creamy Paris-New York pecan pastry. Sandwiches and packaged goods are sold for take away, and many Angelina products like chocolates, cookies and teas are also available. Some day, the dining room, where breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner will be served at marble tables, will seat 60. For now, it’s about 15. Throughout, the rooms are decorated with Cezanne-esque murals of the South of France.
Angelina Paris, 1050 Avenue of the Americas (40th Street), 585-438-5347, angelina-paris.fr.
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