EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan – Even though Elissa Lyew now resides in East Village, she surrounds herself every day with her Panamanian culture – the driving force behind her quaint but vibrant bakery “Elissa’s Love Bites”.
It is one of the only places in the city where you will find coffee imported from the ecological farms of Panama. This also makes the boutique a unique place in the neighborhood: it takes a health-conscious approach to sweet treats.
“We don’t use white sugar, we don’t use food coloring, we are gluten-free, we use organic products,” Lyew explained. “We try to keep everything as clean as possible but still tasty.”
Her chocolate chip cookie – which is the most popular item on the menu – was even named one of the Big Apple’s best cookies by Time Out magazine.
His path to become a pastry chef was not necessarily traced. A Fordham graduate, Lyew first pursued a career in public relations, then fell in love with the kitchen – inadvertently following in the footsteps of her great-grandfather who ran one of the world’s most famous restaurants. popular from Panama.
“To a small extent I follow in his footsteps and that of course makes me proud,” she said.
Like many, Lyew took a hit during the height of the pandemic.
The store, which opened in Brooklyn in 2016 and then moved to the East Village in March 2020, has encountered many obstacles, but the entrepreneur is keeping an eye on the ball.
“I feel like there are parts of the city where people would enjoy what we’re doing and it would be really great to connect with them.”
ELISA’S PIECES OF LOVE
441 East 9th Street, East Village, NY 10009
Open Wed – Sun. 11a-7p
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