Monday, March 9, 2015

Monaco's Bakery & Cafe | Bay Ridge

Rainbow Cake

Monaco's Bakery, opened in 2011, lauded for their wonderful cakes, attentive customer service, and delectable desserts warrant multiple mentions in Time Out NY, CBS, and NY Daily News deserves to be in the conversation of one of the top bakeries in NYC. They're really a five star bakery and here's why.
Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake (NY Daily News)
Joseph Monaco, ‘Baker To The Stars' is primarily the reason.  A famed veteran of Veniero's of 37 years, and baking for over 45 years, his past clients included Frank Sinatra, John Belushi, and Elizabeth Taylor. You can catch him in the mornings through the glass windows churning out pastries and cakes.

Monaco's Bakery 8511 3rd Ave Brooklyn, NY 11209
8511 3rd Ave Brooklyn, NY 11209
Practically everything I've tried here is nothing short of fantastic.  From the espresso-based drinks, the cookies/pastries, you name it.  They are all fresh, and you never have to worry about being handed anything stale.  They check for quality and they bake all their cakes/pastries from this facility every day.  (Don't ask me about the cookies, though.)

Cappuccino, rainbow cookie, Sfogliatella (lobster tail)
Cappuccino, rainbow cookie, Sfogliatella (lobster tail)
Never-mind that Italian bakeries are disappearing left and right (it grieves me to no end), but the pastries most of us have grown up with can only be found here, in this cute/quaint store/bakery if you're in this part of the neighborhood.

Assorted Minis
Assorted Minis
There are at least three such bakeries (Italian) I fancy in this neck of the woods (Bay Ridge) and they're Monaco's, Jean Danet, and Rocco's.  I'd visit them all everyday if I could but I only have two feet and one stomach, so there's that.

Pastries
Consistent experience aside though, overall, it's a 4.25/5.0

Monaco's Bakery & CafeMonaco's Bakery & Cafe
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