I love when I come across a blog whose authors are as enamored with dessert as I am. What’s even better is when those authors regularly share gorgeous photos of their snacks and recommend quality establishments. One blog that exemplifies this is Lunch Studio. Architects in New York, authors M and Y post photos of their lunch and dessert every day. Many of their favorite establishments pop up on the blog frequently. One place that caught my eye several months ago was Oro Bakery and Bar. Owner Dorina Yuen has an impressive background in pastry, with time spent at Bouley and Fauchon as well as bakeries in Paris.
On one of the unseasonably warm days last week, my mom and I took a walk to check it out. The space is tiny with an unassuming exterior. Inside is a stainless steel counter with a dozen or so pastries out on display. There are a few tables and a bar at which to stand and enjoy a coffee drink. We surveyed the pastry offerings and picked out a few to try.
I am always game for an almond croissant and Oro’s was highly attractive. It was flaky around the edges with a glossy, golden finish. The almond mixture soaked into the croissant dough and made for a tender, almost cakey interior. There was also a nice contrast between the crunchy toasted almonds on top and the moist, sweet almond mixture inside.
The chocolate chip scone was buttery and tender. The broad chocolate feves were a nice alternative to smaller chocolate chips and augmented the chocolate factor. It was good and would satisfy a scone craving any day.
Our favorite selection by far ended up being the miniature cookies. I suspect that they are frequently overlooked by patrons. Displayed in small glass jars, the cookies do not immediately scream for your attention like the large square of banana bread with sour cream chocolate frosting, the brown sugar pecan sticky bun or the golden croissants. It is easy to assume they are just filler and the price probably does not help this misconception. Two for $1?! How good could they be? The answer is, very good. It would be a grave mistake to visit Oro and not get some of the cookies.
Firstly, there is the Whole Grain Chocolate Chip. This is no run-of-the-mill chocolate chip cookie. It is made with ground oats which give it a wonderfully hearty texture. It has a nice, crisp outside, finished with a sprinkling of coarse sugar. The Chocolate Dots, small chocolate truffle cookies, were very moist and fudgey and had a delightful but not overly intense chocolate flavor. Lastly, we had the peanut butter cookie sandwich with chocolate ganache. This was good, but not as outstanding as the first two. The cookie had a good flavor but was a touch dry on that day and could have used more chocolate ganache. We ate the cookies on a bench right outside the cafe and before we left, we stopped inside to stock up on more of the chocolate chip and chocolate dot cookies. They were just too good, and too great a bargain, not to get more. I am eternally grateful to the Lunch Studio ladies for introducing me to Oro, which will certainly be added to my repertoire of regularly visited bakeries.
375 Broome Street
New York, NY