Is "Sweet Melissa" in Brooklyn worth the trip??
I would like to try the peanut butter mud pie that I've heard about at "Sweet Melissa",
but trekking out to Brooklyn from Manhattan is not easy for me.
Has anyone had it? Is it worth the trip?
Thanks so much!!
No, that outpost recently closed.
Melissa's is a nice bakery, a bit pricey for our nabe, but they have some nice stuff. However, is it worth a special trip, a difficult one at that? Not really. But if you want to combine it with an exploration of the neighborhood, it's very nice out here.
In a word...NO!
We stopped in there a couple of months ago and I've been meaning to post about it.
While we were checking out the case the mgr was on the phone. Presumably with Melissa. It was a conversation that shouldn't have taken place in front of customers.
Another employee arrives with a handful of Bic pens. She had apparently been sent out to buy some pens to take orders with. Instead of buying a box in the drug store she had paid almost $1 each at the bodega on the corner. The mgr quickly sends her to the back while rolling his eyes.
Meanwhile we're still waiting for him to get off the phone so we can order.
In the end we took home a large chocolate cherry cookie, a few chocolate grahams and a passion fruit tart.
When we went to eat the cookie my BF commented that it seemed burnt. It ended up being charred on the bottom and to top it off there were no cherries. Not a one. The passion fruit tart tasted okay but was very mushy. And the grahams were just grahams. Decent but really nothing special.
We probably should have just walked out when we realized the service was so poor but after reading so many good things we decided to stick it out. I believe someone recently posted that the on on Houston has already closed down. I'm not surprised.
I enjoy Sweet Melissa's, and haven't had a bad experience there in several years of going there. However, I wouldn't bother coming out from Manhattan -- there are similarly good bakeries in Manhattan that wouldn't require a trek for you. A solid neighborhood place, but not unique.
I greatly prefer Tazza (on Henry St. just north of Atlantic). Their cake selection varies, but the last time I was there I had a peanut butter fudge cake that was wonderful.
I don't know that Tazza is worth coming in from the city for though, especially since they get their cakes from one of the well known (though I can't remember right now) places in the city.