Our Contributor, Helenita Salom, shares with us a delightful place to visit in DUMBO, which we love! We’ve written about it in the past and this is a fresh update!
DUMBO, which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, is a wonderful, constantly evolving neighborhood in Brooklyn. Very easily accessible by the “F” train if you are coming from Manhattan, it is one of my favorite neighborhood for its charm, unique stores, beautiful views of Lower Manhattan, and extremely friendly walkable streets. It has also been, for a number of years now, a growing tech start up scene -- but more about this, as well as the other charms of DUMBO, in another post perhaps!
What drew me to DUMBO for this visit was none other than Burrow - a French pastry shop with Japanese influences owned by Ayako Kurokawa.
“Ayako Kurokawa is a patissier, a pastry sculptor, and a food stylist in NYC. She picks her inspirations from her restaurant experiences, Brooklyn life, and day dreaming in the subway. Her pastry recipes are based on classic French recipes, but are developed with the Japanese and American influences she had growing up. She developed the portrait and sculpture cakes from her love for stone carving and clay sculpting.”
I first came across Burrow on Instagram about one year ago. I saw a picture Burrow had posted of a Mer-man. That's right, a fully iced sugar cookie shaped and decorated like a male mermaid. Immediately I knew I had to make a trip out to DUMBO and visit this bakery for myself and check out this superbly made portrait cookie of a mer-man.
Located on Jay Street inside the lobby of an old standard industrial looking building, is Burrow. I almost completely missed it on my first visit down there. Once inside Burrow though you immediately feast your eyes on beautiful seasonal cakes, cookies and many more treats (which span far beyond just portrait cookies which, from what I understand, you order in bulk in advance and aren’t sold in the store). I must say the charm of Burrow did not disappoint.
I have been numerous times since my first visit last year, and among my favorite is the Strawberry Short Cake. Light, creamy and just enough sugar to leave you satisfied yet not in a food coma, this is a must have, if its available.
If you are a fan of different textures in your dessert you will enjoy this too, as it has a few different layers to it which all complement each other perfectly.
I will most definitely be returning soon.
Location: 68 Jay Street, #119
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 6pm; Saturday 1pm - 5pm; closed Sundays
Text: Info on Ayako Kurokawa extracted from venue’s website
Photo Credit: Helenita Salom and Courtesy of Burr0w