Astoria, Dessert
Feb 13, 2014

Ekmek Kataifi from New York Bakery

On my way home from our WHA staff meeting the other night, I stopped in at the New York Bakery on 30th Ave and 32nd Street. I am fond of (…)

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On my way home from our WHA staff meeting the other night, I stopped in at the New York Bakery on 30th Ave and 32nd Street. I am fond of their small phyllo triangles that are filled with custard (creamy, sweet, and salty all at once), and planned to get a couple, but as I was looking at all the pretty baked goods, I noticed that there was a case of mostly Greek sweets—baklava in various shapes, and syrup soaked cakes—my eyes rested on a pan of something that I hadn’t seen before.

From the top it looked like a pan of whipped cream, but I looked further and saw that there was both syrup-soaked kataifi (shredded phyllo) and custard involved, all topped with toasted sliced almonds. I asked what it was and was told it’s called Ekmek Kataifi.

I bought a slice and tried it next morning—I thought it was delicious. I loved the different textures—light whipped cream, creamy and slightly heavier custard, and the soaked kataifi; in between the custard and kataifi were pieces of nuts that added an additional pleasant texture.

I like how that while the kataifi was definitely softened by the sugar syrup, the whole thing wasn’t cloyingly sweet. It was sweet enough to be well-balanced by the cappuccino I had with it, though (a perfect accompaniment).

I’m sure this is something that can be found at other bakeries in the area, and I’ll definitely keep an eye out for it.

32-06 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11102, (718) 267-1010, newyorkbakeryastoria.com

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

5 Comments

Nate Ralston

If you want a good bakery on 30th avenue, you gotta try Il Fornaio at 29th street. It’s on the “other” side of the subway, and doesn’t have much room to sit, but every morsel there is baked to perfection. I love how even though it is an Italian bakery, they also feature French pastries (croissants, eclaires, etc) and even coconut macaroons (the Jewish kind, not French macarons). The staff there is entirely friendly and really makes it feel like a neighborhood place. My favorites: Nutella croissant; Cheese danish; chocolate dipped macaroons (gluten-free, for those wondering)

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