BROOKLYN — Some places just hit the sweet spot.
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BAKED — 359 Van Brunt St. Red Hook's Baked is one of the neighborhood's go-to dessert shops, with brownies, whoopie pies and decadent layered and bundt cakes. The bakery has since expanded to TriBeCa, and owners Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito have launched their own cookbooks, granola and baking mixes. The Van Brunt Street space is also a great place to kick back with a cup of coffee and something sweet.
ONE GIRL COOKIES — 68 Dean St. and 33 Main St. One Girl Cookies, with locations in Cobble Hill and DUMBO, is known for its whoopie pies, shortbread cookies and cupcakes. The bakery focuses on aesthetic as much as flavor with delicately decorated treats that sometimes look too pretty to eat. In the short time One Girl Cookies has been around, it has become a go-to destination for locals and tourists.
BROOKLYN KOLACHE — 520 Dekalb Ave. Get your fix of Texas-style Czech pastries at Brooklyn Kolache Co., which serves treats with house-made sweet fillings like strawberry, sweet cheese, apricot, and peanut butter and jelly. The Bed-Stuy bakery and coffee shop also offers savory kolaches, cinnamon rolls and vegan and gluten-free energy cookies.
LE PARIS DAKAR — 518 Nostrand Ave. If the tubs of Nutella on display aren’t enough to draw you in to Le Paris Dakar, the endless selection of crepes might convince you. Sweet selections include apple, Brie and honey, and strawberry and banana, as well as a variety of savory items to choose from. The Bed-Stuy bakery also serves up an array of pastries, macarons, and tiramisu.
Reporting by Serena Dai, Janet Upadhye, Camille Bautista, Nikhita Venugopal, Rachel Holliday Smith, Leslie Albrecht. Graphic by Nigel Chiwaya.