Shokolad Pastry & Cafe | Ukrainian Village/East Village | Bakery, Breakfast | Restaurant

Shokolad Pastry & Cafe Recommended

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9 AM-6 PM, Saturday 9 AM-5 PM, Sunday 10 AM-4 PM
Closed Monday

Price: $

Ukrainian Village bakery offering breakfast, sandwiches, and panini as well as seriously decadent cakes, pastries, and pies.

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I defy anyone to walk past the pastry case at Shokolad Pastry & Cafe without stopping to gaze longingly at the torte slices, tarts, and dainty cookies. But they’re just the start—or, if you prefer, the close—of a delightful breakfast, lunch, or early dinner at the spiffy corner cafe from Ukrainian pastry chef Haluna Fedus and her family. Marble tile floors and handsome black tables set a stylish tone for remarkably affordable meals that should begin with soup—especially warm Ukrainian borscht loaded with julienned beets and other root vegetables and enriched by sour cream. Often it has beef, but mine was vegetarian. Plump pierogi with potato and cheese, meat, or cherries come glossed with butter and accompanied by more sour cream; you also can request bacon and/or caramelized onions. I loved the savory crepe of the day—actually a trio of crepes, each folded over spinach and mushrooms with a hint of melted feta and garnished with a piquant grated-carrot salad. There are also sandwiches such as a roast beef panini, which got a boost from caramelized onions, Gruyere, and horseradish cream. Four kinds of dessert crepes include banana-chocolate and sweet cheese with blueberry sauce; however, it’s impossible to resist the multilayered opera cake and Fedus’s impromptu creations such as a light-as-air "chocolate fantasia" of sponge cake, snowy-white pastry cream, and dark chocolate. Finish with potent Umbria espresso or Russian black tea.

Anne Spiselman

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Price: $

Payment Type: MasterCard, Visa

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