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Sook Pastry Shop: A New Taste in Town

Sook Pastry Shop opened in Ridgewood in mid-March and features a very Ridgewood menu, all because of a chance encounter with the village mailman.

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.

Anonymous Guy April 04, 2011 at 03:59 PM
If you havent stopped in, your missing out. This is a great new place in Ridgewood with a nice choice of breakfast crepes that finally brings something other than the usual BEC on a bagel to the market. Also the pastries are better than the new one in wilsey Square. The Illy Coffee is great and they have many flavors PS: Wifi too!
Dorothy April 06, 2011 at 08:11 PM
Anonymous Girl Did not know what to expect in atmosphere, so did not know this is not a "sit down" dining restaurant though there are 5 or 6 tables in front of the counter, therefore I cannot make a judgement on this except to say the bench seat is extremely uncomfortable. We were 2 for lunch, ordered 1 of the 4 soups offered on the menu only to find out there was only 1 choice available and not the one we wanted. When asked the staff person to explain a sandwich she had difficulty telling how the ingredient was prepared. The crepe order was forgotten about until the sandwich arrived at the counter. The filling was tasty enough. The crepe itself was too thick and too eggy, not delicate and flavorful that I would expect from a restaurant whose specialty is crepes. There was a child roaming around the restaurant, which was cute for about 15 minutes but after that quite annoying especially as he indicated (too young to talk) he wanted some of our lunch, then our water as well as started out the door with mom out of sight. Needless to say, I did not come to lunch with a friend and to watch and entertain a child. The pastries looked wonderful. I intend to sample one next time I am downtown -- most likely take it home to eat. I wished this could have been a rave review though there is potential.
Anonymous Guy April 07, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Never had those issues. Haven't tried the soup yet, I will keep an eye on it. Thanks. Hope the next time will be better. I usually stop once to twice a week and havent experienced the issues you raise. The great thing is we can all share and enjoy
bogey April 07, 2011 at 09:21 PM
Excited to try the place! The town is so lucky to have such a great addition where people can hang out and relax. Especially for a pastry gourmande like me, it would save me a trip to the city if these pastries really taste as good as they look in the photos! My expectations are high due to the chef's impressive background. I will definitely check it out, and post my review. I wish her all the best with her new store!
Anonymous Guy April 18, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Ok, still havent seen the elusive wild child wandering around... Did however have the moroccan chicken soup. It was awesome!
James Kleimann April 18, 2011 at 06:25 PM
I haven't seen any children either but I tried the apple tart a few days ago and it was phenomenal.
Hilary Jones April 18, 2011 at 08:16 PM
Ate there twice last week! Once with my teenaged daughter for crepes--very delicious--just like on the streets of Paris! Also had cappucino and pastry--a wonderful addition to the neighborhood!
Anonymous Guy May 11, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Ok, So I moved on from crepes into the realm of her Cakes and had a Ridgewood and a Linwood ( I believe) that I brought for a meeting. They were amazing! everyone raved about them. Especially the sugared rose petal decorations!
jane wagner May 18, 2011 at 11:22 PM
We stopped by Easter to try the brioche and the macaroons -- absolutely delicious. Today stopped by with a friend to try lunch -- she ordered a croque monsieur (ham & cheese w/ mornay sauce, topped with gruyere and grilled) and I one of the "savory crepes". Within 5 minutes my friend was served her sandwich; within the next 30 minutes, I was asked three more times what crepe I ordered. By then my friend's sandwich was eaten, and I then told our waitress to just please bring me a croque monsieur and to forget about the crepe. It took about 10 more minutes for me to get this sandwich. They seemed surprisde when we left that I actually asked for the $2.25 owed me for the difference in lunches. To have offered the sandwich gratis (as most responsible places would have) never even occurred to the gentlemen who seemed annoyed to repay me my owed balance! The staff needs better English skills overall, but restaurant service skills are the same in any language. I shall not return.
Izzy May 19, 2011 at 01:44 PM
Izzy here, Sook pastry. I will verify what happened yesterday exactly, and why you were treated in such a manner. Here at 'Sook', we try to be as swift, efficent and pleasant as possible. Obviously we failed in this case. Please come back. If possible, introduce yourself to me. I'll be more than glad to treat you a meal. Anytime. I am deeply sorry. I' am taking youe comments very seriously. Please accept my apology. Hope to see you soon.
Olga May 20, 2011 at 11:41 AM
I am so grateful for Sook, this is a place that Ridgewood lacked for a long time. Sook brought Payard’s taste and pastry craftsmanship (greatly missed after we moved from the city). Try almond croissants, they are out of sight! Sook’s cakes are beyond beautiful, taste like heaven and totally affordable, just order them a few days in advance! We love you, Sook!

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