Chocolate "Cigar" Pastries-Where to Find
Need help finding a bakery that sells Chocolate Cigars (chocolate and nuts rolled up in buttery phyllo) that are fresh and crispy. The ones I see at delis are usually days old- very dry. Loved the ones that they sold at Regina's Bakery in Park Slope but 2 locations have closed in recent years. I've tried Moishe's on 2nd Ave in Manhattan but they were a bit dry too. Any other places I should check in Manhattan or Brooklyn?
Not sure what area you'd be willing to go for those CIGARS, but there's a very good bakery in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, called YOUR BAKER that makes those Cigars fresh every single day. They're located on 86th Street between 5th Avenue and Gelston Avenue. I'm sure they're in the yellow pages - YOUR BAKER...
Would you try making your own? I'm a former baker (profession) and current baker (hobby) and could tell you how to make them - they're not very difficult if you have some skills - the secret is in the 'schmear' - the chocolate filling they use. The 'dough' part is puff pastry.
Let me know if you'd like to try to make them yourself. firstname.lastname@example.org
Actually, this isn't a bakery. It's sort of a deli, but highly recommended. The chocolate cigars at New Star Cafe are so delicious. You don't have to worry about whether it's dry or not. They're just sweet delicacies. They're always fresh, but the thing is there are only one or two when I get there. I don't work nor live in Manhattan, but I certainly get out of my way for these cigars. If you're interested, the New Star Cafe is located at 552 Fashion Avenue (or 7th Ave) in Manhattan. It's between 39th and 40th Street.
You MUST try Barney Greengrass! I'm not just saying this but the chocolate cigars there is the best food I've ever had. That's the reason I came across this discussion in the first place. Barney Greengrass is located on Amersdam between 86th and 87th.