Zaro’s Bakery

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I recently saw this Thrillist article for “The 10 Things You Didn’t Know” about the Black and White Cookie. First being, it’s not actually a cookie, it’s a “drop cake”. Mind. Blown. Then it got me thinking, “man, I haven’t had a Black and White Cookie Drop Cake in a while”. So, I headed to Zaro’s Bakery, famous for their B&Ws and also a part of my Grand Central Tour.

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For decades, Zaro’s has been making baked goods like cookies, pastries, and of course, their famous Black and Whites. Now with a number of NYC locations, people can get their fix in just about any part of town.

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And so, I tried one of their Black and White Cookies for the first time (how disappointed would you be if that’s not even what I got?). I feel like, similar to an Oreo or Reese’s, people have their own way of eating this cookie. For me, I split it in half, and eat the chocolate side first, then the vanilla. Any way you eat it, it’s delicious. It’s sweet and cakey, the chocolate is rich and creamy, and the vanilla is sugary sweet and slightly crunchy like glaze. 

The Shorts:
Name: Zaro’s Bakery
Location: Main Concourse, Grand Central Terminal, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? The answer’s black and white (ba-doom-chi!), yes. 
Would I recommend it? For sure, and if B&Ws aren’t your thing, they have plenty of other baked goods to choose from. 

Black Gold Records

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I love coffee. But what’s cooler than just another coffee shop, is a coffee shop that’s also a record and antique store. Well, that would be Black Gold Records in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. 

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Housing vinyls of different genres, you can come and dig through crates to find a record (they’re a dying breed), or, check out some of their less than average antiques like taxidermy or a torso statue of organs.

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Whether you’re into all that other stuff or not, there’s also coffee. And good coffee at that. They also have a selection of delicious treats, like cookies from The Good Batch.

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I got their own Black Gold Cold Brew. Refreshing and with a great, rich flavor, this cup was just what I needed. Shout out to Zagat for featuring this photo in their favorite Coffee Week photos

The Shorts:
Name: Black Gold Records
Location: 461 Court Street, Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, the vibe of this place is really fun and relaxed and the coffee is great. 
Would I recommend it? Totally. Coffee, cookies, tunes, you can’t lose.