Brazil is taking over the Upper East Side in the form of delicious pastries, and we couldn’t be more excited. We celebrated the opening of Padoca, a friendly nickname for a bakery in Brazil and now a new creative bakery by owner Marina Halpern and pastry chef Rachel Binder.
Together, with inspiration taken from Halpern’s native country of Brazil and Binder’s talent, where she was formerly at Maialino, Tabla, and Savoy, the bakery serves up traditional homemade treats with an artistic twist.
For more traditional pastry desserts, they have cookies ranging from chocolate chip, Rocky Road, almond butter, and peanut butter, as well as pastry bars in red velvet and lemon meringue. We also loved the black and white brownie, a different take on the traditional cookie.
One of the signature dishes is the bolo de coco coconut cake, the coconut flakes taking you away to a tropical escape. The Padoca Swirls are another fantastic option that come in array of delicious flavors. You can’t go wrong with the Nutella, the dulche de leche, and PB&J. We tried the more unique pairing of cheese with a guava paste, which was an unexpectedly delicious combo!
In additional to sweet, Padoca has savory options which are ideal for snacking on. We tried the steaming hot empadinha with a mushroom filling, akin to a mini pot pie. They also have versions with chicken, hearts of palm, and spinach with feta.
You really can’t be called a Brazilian food establishment without some pao de queijo (or “PDQ”) cheese bread. The Padoca version is much larger than any I’ve ever had from any restaurant, and they are so soft and fluffy. It was difficult to restrain myself from eating the whole tower.
To wash it all down, they proudly serve Nobletree Coffee. Order it hot and straight from the counter, or pick up an adorable bottle of cold brew to take for the road. They also use the Modbar espresso system,house an extensive tea program by Palais de Thes, and will have fresh made green juices.
In addition to their amazing pastries, Padoca will also serve nutritious salads, sandwiches and soups. Some lunchtime favorites include the Waldorf Salad with fennel, apple, pomegranate seeds, pecans, honey mustard vinaigrette, the Tunisian Tuna Sandwich, and their array of seasonal soups such as Red Lentil.
You can grab any of their delicious eats to go, or you can dine in and snag one of the coveted 16 seats and enjoy the whimsical decor.
Corner of 1st Avenue