Inside Zucker Bakery in the East Village, where Zohar Zohar, the owner and head baker, creates cookies and pastries that incorporate the flavors of Israel and other countries.
“Our cookie selection is different. I didn’t grow up in the United States, so, I didn’t grow up on chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies. I don’t connect to them like others do. I just bake what I’ve known all my life.”
Meet Zohar Zohar, the owner and head baker behind Zucker Bakery, a specialty, small-batch bakery cafe in the heart of New York City’s East Village. Here, you’ll find uniquely spiced cookies that just might surprise you; cookies that make you feel like you’ve traveled – with flavors and spices that hint of other countries, other walks of life. It’s a tiny, homey space – just the way Zohar imagined it – with a curated collection of family and friends of family cookie recipes very close to Zohar’s heart.
Zohar comes from a small community in Israel, where baking was a big part of life. She moved to New York City to work as a professional chef in restaurant kitchens, and only re-discovered baking when she left the trade to raise her own kids. During the past 10 years, she’s been perfecting classic cookie and pastry recipes in her kitchen at home, sharing what she loved solely with family and friends. It was just supposed to be a hobby, a personal act of passion, until her husband convinced her to open her own bake shop.
The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. The cookies are always fresh. Stop by or click here to order online. To me, the discovery of this little bakery is what makes New York so much fun.
Liza de Guia is a video journalist whose blog, Food. Curated., profiles people who produce interesting food in New York and beyond. Click here to learn more and connect with Liza de Guia.