359 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231
nr. Dikeman St.
By ooskral on 5/5/2007
Baked's chocolate cloud cookie is at once smooshy and puffy--like undercooked brownies packed into a light meringue shell--and it beats anything out of Manhattan, even Petrossian's comparable but drier double-chocolate pecan. (And though the cloud is worth the trip, you needn't bus it to Red Hook: Park Slope's Cafe Regular and Blue Apron Foods stock it as well.) Even if you're not a cloud cookie cultster, a Baked pilgrimage will likely satisfy. The carrot ginger muffins are the right balance of spicy and sweet, and the sour cherry tart is eminently scarfable. Neither can you go wrong with a slice of the diner double dark chocolate cake: it's rich without being cloying, unlike the sticky, heavy buttercreams made ubiquitous by Manhattan's warring cupcake houses. If you're lucky, you'll get there when the chocolate-chip cookies come out of the oven. A bakerista once gave me one straight from the cooling rack, and I ate it on the spot, right off my hands. Coffee's good, too.