Not many of these old school family style bakeries are left in NYC so when I happened upon this one in the neighborhood that I work in I had to drop by for some cookies. Maybe it was the large bakery chef statue standing outside the entrance that drew me in. That, or all the delicious looking stuff in the windows. La Delice Pastry Shop has been doing it right since 1935 and is a long-time mainstay in this part of town, Kips Bay. In an era where it seems that the city is getting rid of and losing many of its old-school, iconic, and cultural mainstays it’s always reassuring to discover a few of these places still surviving. To me, there is nothing like real bakery style cookies made the old-fashioned way, and not just pumped out by a factory pre-packaged and mass-produced.
Why are we in such a rush to destroy our history?
I love the worn look of this place – as if stepping back in time to the 1950’s. From what I heard this place has been around since 1935 so they must be doing something right. The large glass counters contain and show off all types of goodies – cookies, cakes, cupcakes, assorted pastries, etc. When you walk in you are surrounded by buttery baked goodness – walls of butter cookies to the left, all types of pastries straight ahead, cakes and other treats such as rugulach, fun cupcakes and brownies on the right. They also make custom cakes and many design samples can be found showcased along the wall behind the counters.
You gain two pounds just standing there and inhaling the bakery air!
The butter cookies here are some of the best. I picked up a half pound for $6 and they were devoured last night over coffee. Light, crunchy, airy, chewy, buttery goodness all rolled into one. Some dipped in chocolate, some filled with raspberry, some plain, all yummy. Just a note – this place is cash only! Also, I did not experience any of the gruff service by the people behind the counter as other reviewers have noted of which I have read. Just be friendly, say hello, be nice and people will usually reciprocate in kind.
Yeah, I really need to go back on a diet soon. Start my running and cardio. Until then, I am going to enjoy stuffing my fat face with this buttery goodness!
La Delice – http://www.ladelicepastry.com/