Zucker, a home-style, small-batch bakery, is as cozy and inviting as your favorite grandmother’s living room. The care and attention to detail – the vintage wooden furniture, the little bouquets of flowers on each table, the delicate crystal serving platters – reflects the loving atmosphere of the cafe.
Beautiful decor aside, the menu, which highlights traditional Eastern European and Jewish desserts, is just as wonderful. From honey almond fingers to lemon bars to rugelach to challah bread, Zucker Bakery will satisfy any taste. The little pastries are mildly sweet, allowing spices, such as clove and cinnamon, to play the leading role.
My dessert of choice is the Alfajores, a dreamy dulce de leche-filled cookie sandwich gently rolled in dulce de leche and coconut. Absolutely divine.
Zucker also offers Stumptown coffee, hot chocolate, teas and chai to complement the sweets. Soups, avocado toast, and other non-dessert foods are also on the menu.
Even more pleasing than the cozy space and delicious menu is the fact that most of the times I have been to Zucker, the owner, Zohar Zohar, has always been there, either cooking in the back or serving customers at the register. The loving and supporting character of this small shop, among others in the area, is what makes the East Village the unique community that it is.
*Good news for non-New Yorkers: Zucker has an online shop where you can order goodies for delivery!
**Zucker now serves beer and wine and is open until 10pm Thursday-Saturday!