Rudy's Bakery and Café is the oldest German bakery in Ridgewood and, to commemorate its upcoming 80th birthday, the Queens landmark will be hawking pastries at 1934 prices (much like Veselka’s hit ‘50s celebration) during the Seneca Avenue Oktoberfest Stroll on October 25 from noon to 5pm. That means you can gorge on miniature versions of the bakery’s best—including jelly doughnuts, Linzer tarts, Black Forest chocolate cake and cherry-cheese strudels—for 80 cents each.
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There will also be complimentary tastings of each sweet treat on the hour, so you can sample before you buy at the bargain price. The bakery's full menu will be on offer, including former MoMA café pastry chef Cristina Nastasi’s trademark marshmallow-filled oatmeal cookie sandwiches and salted caramel cake, plus gelato and homemade dark hot chocolate.
When you're through filling up on desserts, check out the rest of the Deutschland-inspired street fair taking over Seneca Avenue, where you'll find stalls hosting cheese tastings, a beer tent pouring Finback brews, a kiosk doling out German pretzels, a pop-up library and a pumpkin-painting station. Take a break from your feasting to watch German bands and dancers putting on live performances throughout the nabe and, thus, stretch your Oktoberfest fun through the end of the month.
Rudy's Bakery and Café, 905 Seneca Ave between Catalpa and Myrtle Aves, Ridgewood, Queens (718-821-5890, rudysbakeryandcafe.com)