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Montego Bay Bars at Ovenly
Photograph: Jolie RubenMontego Bay Bars at Ovenly

Best new bakery: Ovenly


RECOMMENDED: Food & Drink Awards 2013

Other Nominees: Beurre & Sel, Hot Bread Almacen, the Treats Truck Stop

This year, Erin Patinkin and Agatha Kulaga’s savory-sweet goodies had you downright smitten, edging out oven-whiz challengers such as petite cookie powerhouse Beurre & Sel and the retro Treats Truck Stop. After meeting at a book club in 2010, Patinkin and Kulaga gained word-of-mouth fame hawking their sublimely offbeat wares to neighborhood stalwarts, producing spicy bacon caramel corn for Brooklyn Brewery, and sea salt-flecked chocolate truffle cookies for Joe coffee shops. The buzz secured the sugar-dusted duo a small storefront off the East River, where lines wind out the door for skillfully balanced bites like fudgy date-cocoa Montego Bay bars and a killer chocolate-chip cookie teeming with gooey nubs. For sweet-and-salty snackage, consider the market cornered. Ovenly, 31 Greenpoint Ave at West St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (347-689-3608,

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