It may be the dead of Winter, but there’s always a way to create that sunny and warm feeling of Summer. One of the greatest ways to transport yourself around the world without moving an inch is through the magic of cuisine. And one culinary creator is looking to bring the sunshine and warmth of Cuba all the way to New York City. Ricardo Barreras is no stranger to bringing his winning Cuban flair to the streets of New York. After opening his Cuban cuisine-themed restaurant, Pilar Cuban Eatery, in 2010, Barreras is ready to make his menu a bit sweeter by opening up a bakery right next door.
New York City has always been a melting pot of culture, featuring a bevy of cuisines from a variety of cultures and ethnicities. And this Cuban bakery will be a much-welcomed addition to the lively neighborhood of Bed-Stuy. In Cuban culture, it’s very common to simply dine at your local restaurant, and then visit the next-door bakery for some delicious coffee and pastries. This is the exact same experience that Barreras is looking to bring to New Yorkers; which is precisely the reason why he decided to attach his bakery to his already-established restaurant.
Just like the diner, the bakery is designed to offer a Cuban flair that is sure to stick out against the gray and monotone colors of New York’s streets. With its pink walls and patterned floor, this is one bakery that you won’t be able to miss. While there will be a few seats available, the overall theme of the bakery is geared towards the “grab and go” style.
So, what can you expect to eat at Barreras’ Cuban bakery? Obviously, you can expect some of the Cuban staples; dishes like chicken empanadas and guava and cream cheese pastelitos are sure to draw in large crowds. However, while Barreras is keen on bringing a sense of nostalgia to his bakery with these classic Cuban dishes, he is also focused on taking these dishes and putting a contemporary spin on all of them. Primarily, he is looking to incorporate high-quality ingredients in all of these dishes, but Barreras is also flexing his creativity with some of these dishes. The red velvet cake with a cream cheese flan sounds absolutely delicious.
If you’re in the neighborhood and are looking for some authentic Cuban food, stop by Barreras’ restaurant and bakery, and you’ll be yearning for a trip to Cuba in no time.