Abigail’s Bakeshop

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Baked goods and I are pretty much best friends. So, when Abigail’s Bakeshop, a new American Bakery, opened up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, I had to check it out. On a block where things all pretty much look the same, this bright, adorably retro shop stands out, calling you to take a step inside. Did you take a step inside? Good, you made the right decision.
Now a brick and mortar home for Jam Jar Bakery, the original company of deliciously precious jars and cakes baked in the jars, you can find all of the jars there for purchase, along with a variety of freshly baked goods, and other treats from local vendors. It’s extremely difficult to just walk away with one thing, so, of course I got a number of goods to try out.

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Let’s talk about this Pecan Bar. Dear lord, thank you. It’s the size of a baby’s head (ok, not the most pleasant comparison, especially when you’re about to eat it, but, you know, for scale), but I still could have eaten a couple in one sitting. It’s buttery, a little flakey, and gooey all at the same time.

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A signature item here is also the Pink Velvet, which comes in a cake-by-the-slice (or full cake) version, as well as full sized and mini cupcakes. Even if cupcakes aren’t your thing, this one is so delightful to even look at, that it’s hard not to be happy eating it too.

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Who doesn’t love Cheesecake? Do they exist? If you’re lactose-intolerant, I’ll give you a pass. These little guys are so cute and equally delicious. The cheesecake itself is rich and creamy, but still light and velvety. Then, the graham cracker crust compliments it perfectly, adding a bit more of that buttery quality, and sweetness. Zero complaints here.

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And then, back to the jar pies. I got the Gimme S’More, a seasonal pie right now, in collaboration with Squish Marshmallows (wink wink). It’s insanely delicious, and makes you want to retire those ridiculous camp fire store-bought s’mores forever. Just hand me a spoon and I’m good to go with this one.

The Shorts:
Name: Abigail’s Bakeshop
Location: 1413 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, there are new, freshly baked treats popping up all the time, so there’s loads for me to catch up on.
Would I recommend it? Definitely. Whether it’s just a little treat, or ordering a cake for an event, they’ve got you covered. 

BESFREN

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Pastries. I love em. Like, a lot. I’ve tried them from lots of different countries and cultures. However, when it comes to Korean pastries, I really can’t say that I’ve had any. Korean savory food, of course, yes, and, I love it, but was unfamiliar with the Korean world of pastry. So, I needed to check out BESFREN in K-Town, NYC

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Along with their own in-house made classic Korean pastries, with a modern twist, you’ll find some classic pastry items like chocolate chip cookies, and items from local vendors.

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Now, these guys have been getting a lot of Insta-love for their Triple Chocolate Cookie, so, I had to see what all the hype was about. First off, it’s large and in charge, pretty much the only way I like my cookies. There are three variations of chocolate chunks, hence, the triple part. Now, the cookie is super delicious, but, I wouldn’t go so far to say it’s anything ground breaking, it tastes like a good chocolate chip cookie. What they got really right is the great consistency, the edges are slightly crisp, the center is soft and chewy, and the chocolate chunks are rich and melty. So, while it’s not the most unique thing there, for it’s size, at only $2.50, it’s certainly worth getting. 

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Then, I went with something more unique to the shop, I got their Jasmine Green Tea Roll Cake. Visually, it’s really pretty and definitely photogenic (because, in this age, if you didn’t take a picture of it, it never happened). The cake is super moist (terrible word) and somewhat spongy, with a light green tea flavor. The center is where you’ll get a much more rich and strong green tea flavor, with the consistency of a buttercream. All together, it’s lovely and delicious, and has a feeling of decadence, yet still light enough so that you can scarf down that mega cookie. 

The Shorts:
Name: BESFREN
Location: 315 5th Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes. It’s a great little spot to grab a coffee and pastry, with a hand full of cafe tables along floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Sweet treats and a view.
Would I recommend it? Yes. The items and flavors are unique, yet still very accessible, so it’s definitely worth a try.