Om Nomz Hero Note to Self: Eating sticky buns in Thompson Park while getting accosted by Amish trying to convert you is just a hazard of good food
St. Marks Place is an eccentric street that is filled with food from all around and on the street, decked out in hot pink, is one of the newest additions, Jane’s Sweet Buns. Jane’s Sweet Buns makes well, buns specifically cinnamon buns. Opened by Jane Danger, which by the way, is such a badass name is a mixologist/really good bartender at Cienfuego is baking up some delicious buns and other cakes. The bakery is a quaint and has a few stools for eating at, but with Thompson Square Park within a few feet, her treats are perfect for eating outside in the park, just now by the crazy dude prediction the end of the world @FatherCamping. Sweets after the jump!
The whole shop has homey 50s housewife deco with pop art colors and the cakes and buns are piled onto glass cake stand which I 100% approve. A place called “sweet buns” I figure that I go with the Old Fashioned, sticky bun with pecans, bourbon, vanilla sugar and Angostura Bitters. Although not all, many of the creations here have are liquored inspired or infused. The Old Fashioned passed the test, even on a hot summer day where eating a doughy bun is not screaming a perfect summer treat, this bun is good anytime, and with being open till 11 or midnight some nights you can! I can see those NYU kiddies eating these up and gaining their proverbial “Freshman 15” within a week. Each bite is a welcomed balanced sweetness and the bun itself is far from being dry. Even after a quick reheat, the bun was still chewy and moist and topped with crunchy candied pecans on top, makes me wish that I had these for breakfast when I was growing up, instead of a cold pop tart at the bus stop. Only criticism is the booziness of buns did not really come through and I would only get wisps of the smokiness of added bourbon but this could go either way depending on your taste, but it was good regardless.
I also tried a non boozy bun which was a cinnamon coconut bun, topped with blueberries and peanut butter frosting. Another winner, the berry, peanut butter and the hint of coconut worked well together. I can go either way when it comes to coconut and the list of ingredients seem a bit much but in the end it comes together in yet another tasty bun. The coconut was not overpowering and added that extra element of sweetness to the bun.
Jane’s Sweet Buns also has other things such as cakes and tarts and I sampled on of the daily specials that day, the strawberry lemonade Bundt cake. Bundt cakes are underappreciated and have been abused by way too many old lady Book Clubs and Church groups but Bundt cakes are in a word, awesome the ringed cake is perfect for serving. The cake is explodes with strawberries sweetness on first bite and lingering lemon tartness. The addition of a glaze is welcoming and it is like, drinking a refreshing glass of strawberry lemonade.
Jane’s Sweet Buns is a great addition to the East Village and although has her Old Fashioned Buns on the daily, she rotates through different buns, cakes and other treats which keeps it exciting. When describing her daily buns, she got excited about using berries and keeping up with the seasons showing the care and passion she has for everything she makes (plus the 3 times I have been there, I have seen her there actually working) and something that I love to see when someone is talking about food. Word of warning, these buns hit the spot. They are filling, I came by here to get a quick snack (I can eat a lot) before meeting up for brunch with a few friends and after eating one and a half buns, I questioned my ability to eat a brunch and weighing my options of going home for a siesta. The buns are also a bit messy and she does think ahead and throw in a few wet naps but she sums it up best, “I feel buns are like good barbeque, it’s going to be messy”. Enough said.
Jane's Sweet Buns
102 St. Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009
New York, NY 10009