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Jul 2, 2010 12:35 PM

Enrico's Pastry Shop of Hartsdale to move and expand

Will be moving down the street closer to the train station AND will be expanding by carrying some of the old Chessery's smoked fish's etc.
Said to open by the end of July

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  1. this is good news, i wish them well, i like what they do, how they do it

    1. Fish and cake?

      Hmmmm. I can't think of the last time I went to Kneaded Bread and thought, darn, if this place had my smoked fish I wouldn't have to go to La Maree.


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        1. re: intrepid

          I have to admit I thought the same thing when I read this yesterday. It is odd that a bakery will branch out and sell smoked fish of all things. Maybe Nutella, some jams, coffe beans & tea but lox? It is a bit odd but hey look at Zabars. For that matter in its hay-day the chessery was a great food shop So I guess it all depends on how its sold and presented. I just envisioned a typical "hot" bakery that off to the side has a smoked fish counter. Now that I'm thinking about it though I know some good bagel shopd that sell smoked long as the items are good and the staff is knowIedgable I guess it doesn't matter!

          1. re: cubanat

            yep youre right it doesnt matter, as long as the foods good, whos to say who should sell what...ive got no issue buying good nova from abakery..but who knows maybe enrico is going outside the box of a bakery..omg...think of the shock and mayhem it could bring to westchester ololool

            1. re: cubanat

              Enrico's ain't Zabar's, cubanat. It is a very small bakery doing what they do very well. Branching out is not always a great idea, and for a bakery to branch out to ........... cheese? Ick.

              Think cheese and most likely you'll go to Auray in Larchmont for high end cheese. Will you think, hmmmm, Enrico has some good cheese today, I'll go there. But hey, if they'll be coming up with a provolone and chocolate meltaway cake, more power to them.

              They should stick to what they do best.

              1. re: anonymouse1935

                did you also tell zabars, not to open up a hardware divsion? lololol enjoy buy what you want where you want up the view finder

                1. re: intrepid

                  I for one am thrilled that Enrico's is expanding. They do many different things very well-- including a far better challah than the "established" Jewish bakeries in the area (and the challah bread pudding is glorious!). Some of their other Jewish specialties are equally amazing -- such as the potato latkes they make for Chanukah -- and they started out as an Italian bakery! I tried Joe's recent foray into bagel making and it brought tears to my eyes -- it was the old-fashioned taste and texture of my childhood. So I trust him to sell me novy that lives up to his bagels. And it's not a big leap from bagels to cream cheese to cheese. If he offers the caviar/scallion cream cheese that the Hartsdale Cheesery used to sell, I will be a very happy camper.

                    1. re: VFresser

                      And don't forget about Enrico's potato's fantastic. Not sure if they have it all the time, or just around holidays, but it's great.

                    2. re: intrepid

                      I second that Intrepid!

                      Anonymouse open up your mind dude! Where do you think Zabars started? You think Zingermans began as a mid-western mecca for all things tasty? Open up and you may just find some great food in this area that you insist has nothing great to offer...

            2. Joe and his family are not good people. Avoid supporting them if you can.

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                1. re: eatermom

                  I'd also like to know why... did you have a service issue at their store or is it personal?

                  1. re: eatermom

                    I've been there many times and have had nothing but pleasant experiences.

                    As for the smoked fish & cheese, the woman who used to work at the Cheesery is now working at Enrico's. There is a real niche market for the smoked fish and cheese: unless one goes to a large market, there's no place else convenient to get that stuff. I admit I haven't ventured much to Michael's in Scarsdale Vill (is that even still the name?) but I have never gotten anything at Balducci's I'm happy with, and none of the other area markets really carry a complete selection of what one might want. So I think the plan for Enrico's is great. Hartsdale Vill benefits from having both a bakery and a cheese shop. I live walking distance to the village and I am happy to support local businesses.

                    1. re: doc_k55

                      Michaels is out of business.

                      I am delighted that Enrico's is expanding. The cakes and pastries are excellent. Love the challah and breads. If they can combine the best of Hartsdale Cheesery, we have a mini Zabars which I welcome!

                    2. re: eatermom

                      I'm sorry but I have to agree with eatermom. Having 1st hand experience with a child who worked for them it's safe to say they are just not nice people. They are completely disorganized and leave managing staff to 17 year olds, who relay threats by the owner of being fired, if you can't make it in to handle a shift on minutes notice. On numerous occasions Joe's wife (Michelle) has texted my kid while at school to come into work. NOT COOL. Ultimately, my kid was fired by another teen for not taking a shift she told the owners she could not make. Now they won't pay her for the hours she did work. WTH? She's 15! She has chalked it up to a life lesson learned.

                      I've heard numerous tales of horrendous treatment of employees, particularly the minority bakers, and rude treatment by Joe to customers as well. I think these people are going to put themselves out of business over the bad rap they are deservingly getting, because their product is just not good enough to put up with the bad attitude. It's a shame.

                      Aside from that I've sampled almost all of their goods. The jelly donuts are fab and I could eat a dozen at a time, the cannolis are sub-par and inconsistent, the cookies are MEH, they do not bake their own bread (shipped in from another bakery) the cakes are average, the pies are good but if you're looking for banana cream, go to Galloway's in Eastchester. During the Summer months the ices are delicious but they are shipped in. Pat (from the Cheesery) is a doll and all of her goods, cheese, smoked fish, are terrific and I wish her good luck in the store.

                        1. re: tootired

                          Add me to the list of haters. I gave them more chances then they deserved. Not impressed with anything I have tried there and not impressed with the nasty treatment I received every single time I went in there. To be clear it was not the kids with the attitude.

                          1. re: chowdom

                            Glad to hear I'm not alone. Lots of places have good eats, but good people should be rewarded and lousy people should try to be nicer.

                            1. re: eatermom

                              I totally agree. One more thing; the Sfogliatelle is as hard as a hockey puck. Blasphemy!

                              1. re: tootired

                                Great! Let's keep up the bashing the same way Joe does to his customers and staff!

                                1. re: eatermom

                                  Honestly, I went their a few times and thought it was ok and would deffinately frequent the place, but after experiencing for myself how nasty these people are I just will NEVER go back. I will travel anywhere if I know the staff and owners are nice. They need some serious intervention. They think they are the best but in truth they are lesser quality than your averge supermarket.