Friday, May 16, 2008

Review: Palisades Park Bakery

Restaurant Bakery Name: Palisades Park Bakery
Cuisine: Desserts, baked goods
Location: Palisades Park, NJ
Price Range: $0.25 - $25
325 Broad Ave
Palisades Park, NJ 07650
(201) 944-3192

Living in Palisades Park, a town highly populated by Koreans and Korean businesses, I kind of forgot the concept of a small-town bakery. It wasn't until I went to the long-standing Palisades Park Bakery that I saw how much I had really been missing.

While Korean bakeries are fine, they have two major differences compared to American bakeries -- they are generally expensive ($3 for a small pastry) and their pastry style is a Korean/European hybrid.

The Palisades Park Bakery is the exact opposite. They offer cheap, Italian/American style baked goods that are delicious....

The first thing that stood out to me about Palisades Park Bakery was their amazing cakes. Their chocolate cake is the epitome of classic chocolate cake. It consists of 4 layers of yellow cake with chocolate pudding frosting between, all wrapped up in a chocolate outside. It is seriously one of the best chocolate cakes I've ever had. And at $8 for a small cake, it's an unbelievably good deal.

Their cupcakes are good too. They tend to pile on their very sweet frosting -- which is too much for me -- but the cake part is sweet and decently moist. Oh, and at less than a dollar a cupcake, it's hard to not like it.

Along with these two bakery staples, the Palisades Park Bakery has a wide range of other desserts. Everything from cookies, cannoli, eclairs, and apple turnovers (Julia's favorite) can be had there. They even make a pretty decent flan for $9.50. It isn't as sweet and creamy as Latin flan, but it's better than many others I've tasted.

There is very little to complain about the Palisades Park Bakery and I would say it's one of the best bakeries that I've ever gone to.

Palisades Park Bakery has been around for a very long time. And for good reason too -- they continuously make delicious desserts for delicious prices. I haven't tried everything they have to offer, but considering the experience I've had with them so far, you can bet I will.

Atmosphere: NA
Food: A
Service: B+
Overall Rating: A


Jen Shin said...

Their walnut topped, custard-filled pies are DELISH. it's what my parents always get.

Julia Park said...

Apple turnovers = YUMMERIFFIC!

Anonymous said...

Every time I visit family in NYC for some eating get-together, I'm obligated to bring over that walnut custard thing.

I keep forgetting the actual name of it, because my siblings always call it one thing (some sort of danish?)and the official name is something completely different.

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