La Nueva Bakery

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The next stop on my 12 Best Bakeries In NYC Challenge off of Gothamist’s list brought me to La Nueva Bakery in Jackson Heights, Queens. 

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This no-frills South American bakery is making a variety of authentic pastries and cookies to savory empanadas and Columbian sandwiches. Since I’m obsessed with baked goods and love dulce de leche, I decided to go on a bit of a dulce de leche spree. And, since it’s a Latin American confection, it only seemed right. 

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The first item that I got was a cone shaped pastry filled with dulce de leche (which I’ll refer to as DDL from here on out) and topped with powdered sugar. The cone was crunchy and light with a savory, buttery quality. The DDL was rich, creamy and sweet, which balanced out the savoriness of the pastry. Then, when you add on the powdered sugar, you really appreciate the pastry. 

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Next, I got an alfajor, a sandwich cookie with DDL filling and rolled in coconut. Now, I recently had an alfajor for the first time at another bakery, but, the two were quite different. First off, this one was about 2 or 3 times the size of the other. This one also had a much more generous amount of DDL, and the cookie itself was chewy and coconutty (a new word). It was delicious, but, a bit intense with all sweetness since it was such a large cookie. 

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Lastly, I had…well, it didn’t have a proper name in the store, so, I’ll awkwardly attempt to give it a name. Let’s call it a DDL filled coconut pie. This thing was unreal, unlike anything I’ve ever had, and, a bit intimidating. First off, it’s a beast. It’s meant to be more of an individual portion, but the size of my hand (disclaimer: I have kind of small hands) and weighs…a pound? It’s heavy. The pie crust is delicious and flakey. Then, there’s a generous layer of DDL at the bottom of the pie. And then, there’s a dense, thick layer of the coconut that I would compare to the taste and texture of a macaroon (not to be confused with a French macaron).

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Check. This. Guy. Out. 

The Shorts:
Name: La Nueva Bakery
Location: 86-10 37th Avenue, Queens
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Now, to be honest, I’m really never in this area. But, these baked goods were worth the trip! Would I recommend it? Yes. Go get that DDL filled coconut pie thing. And then go find about 3 other people to share it with. 

Big Booty Bread Co.

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If you’re in the mood for fresh baked goods, made from local ingredients, with a Latin flare, head to Big Booty Bread Co. in Chelsea. 

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This former Wall Street trader comes from baking roots and decided to follow his passion and open up a bakery. Serving items from cupcakes and cookies, to empanadas, many of the items have a Latin influence to set them apart. 

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Now, I’ve had their cupcakes before and really enjoy those, so, I went for something different. First, I got their Booty Bun (which, is just fun to say anyway). They have a few varieties to choose from (filled with chocolate, guava, or strawberry/cream cheese), but I went for the dulce de leche. The bun is eggy in flavor and pillowy soft.

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Inside you have the dulce de leche, sweet and creamy. My only wish is that there was more inside.

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Then, because who doesn’t love a brownie, I got their Cheesecake Brownie. Rich and chocolatey, and almost fudge-like. 

The Shorts:
Name: Big Booty Bread Co. 
Location: 261 West 23rd Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, an empanada is calling my name.
Would I recommend it? Yes, get your hands on their buns without anyone complaining.