Mon-Fri, 7:30am-2pm; Sat-Sun, 8:30am-2pm
2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q at Atlantic Ave.-Barclays Center; 2, 3 at Bergen St.; D, N, R at Atlantic Ave.-Barclays Center
The turnaround of Fifth Avenue is exemplified in miniature by Blue Sky Bakery, a charming, tiny shop, thriving in the North Slope since 2003. Owner Erik Goetze, a former design student with experience in advertising, pays attention to the comforts of good, clean design, with the space’s whitewashed walls, lemon-yellow woodwork and black Turkish marble tile, as well as a glass showcase of vintage housewares for sale. The sunny décor sets the mood for the bakery’s main attraction—muffins—which Blue Sky sells wholesale to restaurants and cafes in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, and retail at a quick pace to local commuters who breakfast on the $3 weekday muffin-and-coffee special. Moist, dense bran muffins loaded with fruit and nuts lead the trade, followed closely by sugar-dusted wild blueberry muffins and pita-sized chocolate chunk cookies. The store even makes its own doggy treats. A half-dozen café-tables invite lingering over sweets, espresso or iced coffee, brewed double strength and packing a caffeine punch.Extra
Frequent muffin fanciers rack up stamps on their Blue Sky muffin cards—buy eleven muffins and get the twelfth one free with a cup of American coffee or hot tea.