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Despite its pastries, for which pastry chef and owner Margaret Tokarski cites a French influence, Café Riviera is the watercooler of Polish Brooklyn, where locals stopping in for a deliciously flaky chocolate croissant shriek in recognition of a neighbor or relative, and cram another chair up to their table. Open since 1993, the café has perfected the art of the chocolate croissant and Black Forest pastry. Cheese Danishes are buttery, if a little light on the cheese, but ask politely and Tokarski is happy to warm it up to delightful gooiness. Apple turnovers use organic apples, and the not-too-sweet crust manages to stay flaky and crisp, despite its juicy filling, and a plethora of by-the-pound cookies are visible in bins under the counter. Coffee service is good—not great—but any cup of joe is perfect with these sweet treats.Wedding cakes
Café Riviera caters wedding cakes for $3 per slice.
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