Sweet Treats: The Best of NYC Bakeries

by Julie Besonen, 12/18/2013

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  • Court Pastry Shop 
    298 Court St., 718-875-4820, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
    There's a certain wistfulness about Court Pastry Shop, whose décor looks as though little has changed since it opened in 1948. Glass display cases are filled with traditional Italian pastries and biscotti and the walls are adorned with innumerable wedding photos and family portraits, harking back to a time when Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill were yet to be gentrified. The bakery is still run by a pair of brothers, Gasper and Vincent Zerilli, whose father, Salvatore, developed the recipes. The 7-inch cheesecake is ridiculously light and fluffy and only $6.75. Another big draw are the lobster tails—luscious, cream-filled pastries sold Friday to Sunday. Other throwbacks include a cash-only policy and no website.

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