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These Are the Seven Best New Bakeries in New York City

The city's sweet tooth has never been better served, with display cases of buttery Swedish cardamom buns and glorious Korean-accented cakes.

The picture-perfect sweets at Lysée. 

The picture-perfect sweets at Lysée. 

Photographer: Dan Ahn

The frenzy of baking that saw flour and butter flying around home kitchens during the pandemic is now a memory for most New Yorkers. But for some intrepid locals, a pastry-making hobby and short-term Instagram business has turned into something more long-lasting: a batch of new brick-and-mortar bake shops around the city. They’re easily identifiable by the lines of sweets-obsessed fans that spill down the block.

Take for instance, computer engineer Gautier Coiffard and his wife, Ashley. They turned their Instagram baking outfit into the cult croissant storefront L’Appartement 4F in Brooklyn Heights; the display case is invariably empty by 11 a.m. Nearby, Otway owner Samantha Safer and head baker Nathan Uren sold baklava croissants and savory mushroom cheese buns out of the Cobble Hill restaurant’s dining room window to stay afloat; this past spring they opened Otway Bakery a few doors down.