Zucker Bakery Fulfills Your Jewish and South American Cookie Needs
Lauren Shockey Some sweet treats for sampling
The promise of a bakery that sold both alfajores (the South American sweet filled with dulce de leche) and fruity-nutty Jewish staple rugelach sounded too good to be true. So we recently stopped by Zucker Bakery (433 East 9th Street, 646-559-8425), which opened a few weeks ago. Needless to say, we got our cookie on.
The bakery, which is kosher, takes up a small storefront in the East Village, with a couple of chairs and small tables for a country-living-room vibe (similar to the nearby Podunk). A counter overlooking the kitchen in the back displays the cookies available for purchase. Never one to shy away from cookie options, we went for a sampling of the goods.
Lauren Shockey Rugelach
Up first was the rugelach. Filled with dates and nuts and lightly sprinkled with sugar, this cookie was good, if slightly less sweet than the rugelach we're used to -- not that that's a bad thing. Nicely spiced; we could see this accompanying a warm cuppa tea (or Stumptown coffee, which Zucker sells).
Lauren Shockey Chocolate bun
Also on the lower end of the sweetness scale was the chocolate bun. Soft and squishy with just a touch of sugar coating on top, this is sort of like a mini babka.
Lauren Shockey Love cake
We also tried the "love cake," which was chock-full of dried apricots, hazelnuts, and almonds. It was probably our least favorite, but if you like fruitcake, you might be into it.