Babka: Zucker Bakery

Date: 1/21/2017

Borough: Manhattan

Address: 433 East 9th Street


What we ordered: 

  • Chocolate Babka
  • Chocolate Rugelach cookie
  • Alfajore cookie (would recommend)

Cost (post-tax, pre-tip): $19.50

The scores: (note: for Babka only)

Ratings (1-10) Rob Missy
Taste 6.25 6.25
Presentation 8.5 8.5
Setting 7 7.5
Value 6 6.5
Overall 6.5 6.5

Ryan comments:

It was tough to navigate the stroller into the shop, but once we got in Ryan slept the whole time.

Ryan’s Report Card (1-10): 9


General comments:

In their own words, Zucker Bakery is a unique, small-batch bakery in the East Village, specializing in handmade cookies, baked goods, Jewish pastries, unique gifts, and more. The bakery/cafe is adorable inside, but it was tough to navigate the stroller into. We had to leave the stroller abandoned for a minute to get to the counter since we couldn’t fit past the tables. There were a few people hanging out inside with their laptops, working and hanging out.


The guy working at the counter was funny and friendly, and when he saw us snapping pics he joked that he would pose for photos since he used to be a babka model.


Zucker has nice branding with their logo printed on their bags and boxes and even on some tins to hold cookies.


They offer a large selection of cookies and other baked goodies in addition to a savory menu and a coffee menu.



Their babka seems to be popular and we got what appeared to be the last one. We also picked out a couple of cookies and got everything to go, to try later at home.


Their Babka is $15 for the loaf and it looks very nice, with a unique braided look and what looked like plenty of chocolate. Please excuse the baby thighs in the first pic.


Let’s look at that chocolate detail a little closer.


The babka looked really appetizing, but didn’t live up to its lovely chocolate braiding. It looked better than it tasted but it was still babka, so it can’t be bad. It wasn’t nearly as sweet as the others we’ve tried which was surprising since it looks so chocolaty. After some reading it appears that the owner intentionally makes her baked goods not as sweet as traditional versions so that other spices can shine through. Odd choice.


We also bought a chocolate rugelach and an Alfajore, which is a South American cookie usually made with dulce de leche.


Melissa was not a fan of the chocolate rugelach. It looked really nice but it didn’t really taste like chocolate…maybe it wasn’t? Whatever it was, it was unexpected and disappointing.


The alfajore, one of their specialties, was quite tasty and made up for the rugelach. The cookie had a good coconut aftertaste & essence to it. Zucker’s take on the alfajore was two buttery cookies sandwiched together, filled with dulce de leche and rolled in shredded coconut. Yum!

Overall, the babka was just eh and the sweets just weren’t sweet enough, but if you’re looking for a unique-tasting dessert, maybe this is your place!


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