Since 2014, beloved pastry chef Umber Ahmad—along with pastry-partner Shelly Barbera (Brooklyn Fare, Aldea)—has been running her wholesale operation online, cranking out her famous cheesecakes and brioche doughnuts from a Harlem kitchen, much to the delight of her devoted customers. (Oprah and Tom Colicchio are notable fans.) After two years of construction, Ahmad’s bakery gets a West Village brick-and-mortar location, which has enough room to host baking classes and events. For the first time ever, savory goods will have their place on the menu, as well as new brioche morning buns and fresh tarts, alongside longtime favorites (dark-chocolate brownies) and a full-service coffee-and-espresso bar to boot. The 30-seat, blue-hued café is lined with gray banquettes and round tables facing the glass-encased treats on display, warmly lit by drop-down globe lights.
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