Zaro's, the fourth-generation bakery known for its quintessentially New York goodies–everything from bagels to black and white cookies to cheesecake–just opened its first shop in Harlem.
Like most of its other locations, this newest one on East 125th Street (1825 Park Avenue to be exact) is mere steps from a big commuter hub: the Harlem-125th Street Station on the Metro-North train line.
The twelve varieties of made-fresh-in-the-Bronx bagels (in standard flavors like sesame, poppy, salt and pumpernickel, plus a few special ones like everything honey honey whole wheat) can be toasted and paired with cream cheese, butter, vegan spread, plus smoked salmon from Samaki Smoked Fish in Port Jervis, NY.
The pastry counter is overflowing with Jewish baked treats like challah and rugelach, plus muffins, donuts, croissants, as well as Zaro's famous black and white cookies (there are also red and white ones for the holidays).
Wash it down with coffee in any variety–from regular to cold brew.