Duane Park Patisserie
179 Duane St.
between Greenwich/Hudson Sts.
A neighborhood bakery that sells pastry, cakes and cookies. Seasonal and holiday specialties and birthday and wedding cakes made to order.
In a neighborhood that can be a bit glitzy, this splendid and authentic bakery has a welcoming and easy feel. Then there's the pastry -- eclectic, beautiful, fragrant and full of great flavor. There are old fashioned and modern cookies, tiny fruit tarts, heavenly fruit turnovers with a butter pastry that is both tender and shattering at the same time, gorgeous pies and cakes.
What to know:
The shop has a couple of 50's-style kitchen tables where you can linger with coffee or a cold drink and something wonderful to eat. The bakery knows its regulars and visa versa: when I was last there a customer walked in and asked, "do you have those peanut butter things?" and the counter person knew exactly what he meant.