Started in 2005 in Brooklyn, Baked opened its first Manhattan outpost in Tribeca last November. And you know what? I am glad they did! Let's talk about the space first. It used to be a burlesque club, so no wonder why you have a pole at the entrance, except that this one is a cake pole...
In the back, is the medium size room where one can enjoy a quiet time or watch what is going on in the small kitchen.
We went there quite few times, for breakfast, but also in the afternoon, never for lunch. I of course got a double espresso (a bit bitter) and Jodi some tea.
But if I were to go back to Baked, it would not be for that! Their viennoiseries and cookies are awesome. For instance, they have an almond croissant that is to die for and I do not care if, traditionally, almond croissants are day old croissants. This one was flakey, buttery, crispy, with a nice amount of almond paste inside.
Even better is their cinnamon roll, one of the best I ever had: light, with a perfect glazing and just enough cinnamon to make it stand out. My only regret: it was too small...
Another good treat is their banana bread that has chocolate chips in it. Very good, with a nice banana taste, but not enough chocolate...
If you have a sweet tooth, they have interesting cookies. First is the traditional chocolate chunk cookie, that, although does not beat City Bakery, was delicious, chewy, buttery and with a generous amount of chocolate.
This is for sure not original, compared to the Brooksters, a brownie baked tart, filled with chocolate chunk cookie batter.
I mean, look at all this chocolate! You just need to pop that for few seconds in the microwave to make it even more decadent.
I also tried their whoopie pie that is a dark chocolate cookie sandwich with a vanilla buttercream filling. It was just ok for me; I guess I did not find yet a whoopie pie that sweeps me off my feet. But Jodi and her cousin Rebecca loved it (just saying).
Now, one of their best bar is for me the twix bar or The salted caramel, made of a thick shortbread base, a rich salted caramel center and topped with dark chocolate ganache and fleur de sel.
I love twix and their rendition of the delicious chocolate bar is phenomenal: very addictive, they were able to make it their own by using salted caramel and added fleur de sel. This is definitely a bar I recommend.
Baked is definitely a bakery to know and I am glad that I do not have to go to Brooklyn to enjoy it. So, I guess that after reading this post you understand that will surely be back there...I will!
Enjoy (I did)!
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