Sunday, November 21, 2010
Astor Bake Shop
An oasis in the middle of the desert, this expansive corner spot with high ceilings showcases the baked goods of it's expert owner/baker. Having been a pastry chef at some of Manhattan's top restaurants- he opened his own joint in the lovely Astoria 'hood. Delectable baked goods, and smells abound here. I found Astor while chowing down at the Foundry event for Queens Harvest(the first Queens food co-op). Pumpkin eclairs, apples covered in chocolate and pecans, coconut cake, the lovely rustic apple pie(pictured) I particularly enjoyed the red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting to which the baker adds granualated sugar on top for some flavor and "textural contrast". Their are some savories on the menu including a burger and chicken sandwich. The space and relaxed vibe lends itself to some major sweet tooth satisfisfaction. If I lived nearby, I would live in here. 12-23 Astoria Blvd.