Hungry Ghost

image_1

Hungry Ghost coffee bar and cafe has three locations in Brooklyn, and I went to go visit their newest shop in Fort Greene. 

image

The vibe here is very relaxed and invites you to sit and spend time inside, or, enjoy your beverage on the go. They serve Stumptown coffee here, one of my favorites, in addition to a variety of specialty teas, handmade Italian sodas and even Kombucha on tap. They also have a lunch menu and some pretty amazing looking baked goods (which I definitely need to try next time). 

image_2

I got a cappuccino, one of my favorite coffee drinks, complete with it’s little Florette.

The Shorts:
Name: Hungry Ghost
Location: 781 Fulton Street, Brooklyn 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, love me some Stumptown coffee. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, and next time I’ll certainly need to grab a baked good…and I’ll probably recommend that too. 

Zucker Bakery

image_6

In the midst of my 12 Best Bakeries In NYC Challenge off of Gothamist’s list, I wanted to take a break and visit…another bakery. Whatever, I’m not ashamed of how bakery obsessed I am. So, I headed over to Zucker Bakery in the East Village. 

image_5

Walking in, you feel like you’re walking into a cute and cozy NYC apartment. Little cafe tables and couch seating invite you to eat baked goods and drink some Stumptown coffee. 

image_4

This small batch bakery is making its unique cookies and “Roses” (similar to a sticky bun) by hand.

image_7

Their packaging is pretty adorable. 

image_8

I first tried their Alfajhores (Dulce De Leche filled cookie sandwich rolled in coconut flakes). It was so good. The cookie was soft and had a shortbread flavor. Inside, is the soft and sweet carmel flavor of the Dulce De Leche. And bringing both together, are the coconut flakes around the cookie. 

image_9

Then, I also got one of their Roses. They have a couple different flavors, but I chose the cinnamon and raisin. It was soft and doughy with a great cinnamon flavor and sweetness from the raisins and delicate glaze on top. What’s great about this version of the sticky bun, is that they’re not too big (they’re about the size of a regular sized cupcake) and not too sweet, so you can eat them at just about any time.

The Shorts:
Name: Zucker Bakery
Location: 433 East 9th Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, it’s a great little spot to sit and have a coffee and cookie.
Would I recommend it? Yes.