I Think I Found My Dream Home (…Bakery, actually)
Being a huge sugar/pastry/chocolate addict of sorts I think I have found the bakery of my dreams. The place I’m talking about is Silver Moon Bakery located at 2740 Broadway. Yeah, it’s waay up there in the Upper West Side. I went there once a few years ago before I reached my epiphany with food and underestimated the quality and goodness this establishment has. All I remembered that it was good but I didn’t remembered how good it was.
Since I was doing research for fabulously great muffins from a suggestion from one of the commenters, I wracked my brains and remembered I went to Silver Moon and try out their stuff again. I got there pretty much at opening time at 7:40 AM on Thursday morning. It took me a good 3-5 minutes to make up my mind what the heck I wanna eat! There’s so many good looking pastries, bread, etc. that I was undecisive! Eventually, I settled for a blueberry scone ($2.40), a chocolate chip brioche ($2.45) and a small coffee (forgot how much) with tax comes out $6.55.
The bakery itself is large but the seating area is very small, only two tables with chairs and a high table next to the bread racks that has no chairs whatsoever. Only during the sunny, warm days they have tables outside but that Thursday morning, it was raining. So, I parked myself and my food on the high table. So, here’s the food porn:
That’s for my breakfast and lunch, ok? So it’s arguably calorically reasonable. Just forget the fat content thing so my conscience won’t get the best of me.
The blueberry scone was still warm when I actually start breaking it apart for photos. It had a crisp exterior and a soft, flaky crumb interior. It bordered between moist and dry for the interior and the flavor of the scone had a small amount of blueberry and there’s actually visible specks of orange zest in them, which was a nice surprise. It’s not bad but it’s not the best scone. Eh, I’m still searching for the best scone.
The coffee was good and strong. But it’s more like a bright, acidic flavor than dark, bold and robust.
The chocolate chip brioche is very soft and buttery from the feel of it, when I broke it apart. It’s sandwiched a good bittersweet (70%) chocolate. It’s not very sweet. The only sweetness it has is lended from the sugar crystals on the top, as well as the crunch. It’s pretty damn good.
Ooh, I should mention this. After I took pics of the food and started to nibble my scone and scribble down my notes about this scone, an older local woman (possibly in her 40s) wanted to take a small share of my table and I let her do so. She had a fruit yogurt and coffee. I felt kind of guilty from eating all that is buttery and sweet, while she has something modestly healthy.
Anyways, she saw my snapping photos and she asked me, “Are you a tourist?”
I replied to her softly, “Not really.” (I’m a tourist to the Upper West Side but not a tourist to NYC) “I just write a food blog.”
She said, “You write a what?”
I said, “A food blog.”
She said, “Oh.”
A few silent moments passed while we’re both eating our breakfast items when she started to talk to me again. This time she commented about my scone. She said the apricot scone is a lot more moist than the blueberry, which she finds it dry. Then she started to suggest me things that she claims that are fabulously delicious and good.
She recommended the:
- Parisian bread that has apricots in them. She raved about this bread a lot that when she can’t recall the name, she tried searching for them on the bread racks and then start asking one of the employees what’s the name of that bread. (They didn’t have it during the time I was there, darn! They said it won’t be out until later.)
- Seeded ficelle that is out only on Fridays; it’s one of their specialties.
- She also praised their foccacia. She’s Italian and she said that once she ate it, “it feels like your transported to Rome.”
When I asked her what would she recommend on the muffins (I’m doing research on that item), she said, “They have a great pumpkin chocolate chip muffin. And it’s seasonal.”
I replied to her, “I love seasonal foods.” I tend to eat seasonal anyways.
Also when I asked about their croissants since I saw there were trays on display of them, she replied that “they’re (the croissants) are very dense and buttery, very Parisian type of croissants; not very flaky. I’ve tried almost everything in this bakery and they’re really good.”
So, with that in mind (and in my book) I will try their stuff whenever I’m in their neighborhood or whenever I’m having a huge carbohydrate, baked good craving. I truly think I have found my new favorite bakery, I think it would be almost the same passion as the woman I spoke to has. The major problem is that I have to trek uptown to get some of their bread and pastries. Well I can’t always have everything, and I can’t afford to live uptown so I’ll journey up there if I have to. Probably the staff of Silver Moon will recognize me as the weeks goes on…