Sook wanted to open a pastry shop. But where? The question haunted her and her husband as they undertook a six month search. It was a chance meeting at a gym, with Dennis, the iconic downtown Ridgewood mailman, who described the village to them as a “cozy town where people walk, and families stroll with kids in hand,” that made them choose Ridgewood.
Located on South Broad Street, the old site of Natalie's Cafe, Sook’s delightful Pastry Shop is filled with delicious pieces of art named for areas of Ridgewood. The Heights is a dark chocolate pastry with almond hazelnut, The Linwood is a beautiful madeleine sponge cake with cream cheese and cranberry filling, and the rest are equally tantalizing.
In the morning it is hard to choose between the light airy croissant, the perfect scone or the almond brioche, each baked fresh throughout the day in the sparkling new kitchen. “Pastry tastes best when it is fresh, right out of the oven” says Sook.
The atmospheric café opened on March 14, employing eight people who work in harmony to make this new pastry shop the most inviting place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sook, a graduate of the French Culinary School in SoHo, perfected her pastry making at the noted Payard Patisserie in NYC, and runs the place with charm. Lorenzo, her chef, shows his deftness and pride in crafting the croissants through the big glass window at the back of the shop. It is a “cool” room. The stone counter, on top of the refrigerators, keeps the dough cold, as needed, to produce “just right” croissants.
“Crepes,” Sook says, “are better than sandwiches.” Two crepe making burners were her inspiration. The menu lists savory crepes with mushroom, goat cheese, tomato and basil, or smoked salmon, cream cheese, spinach and capers, among other combinations. Dessert crepes are filled with chocolate, apple cinnamon, or cream cheese and topped with fruit. Savory, sweet and omelette crepes offer a wide variety of choices for day-long, wonderfully satisfying dining.
Bernard, the front end manager, makes great coffee and welcomes everyone, as do all members of the staff. It’s especially nice to be greeted so cheerfully at 7 a.m.
Open Monday through Saturday, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m on 24 S. Broad St, Sook is a delightful place to enjoy a delicious pastry, crepe, cookie or just coffee. Ice cream is made on premises too. Sook takes orders for custom cakes and offers catering. You will not want to walk out without a taste.