New Cuban bakery brings a bit of Miami to Bed-Stuy

January 29, 2019 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Cuban restaurants have been a part of the culinary scene in New York City for many years. Now, Ricardo Barreras, owner of Pilar Cuban Eatery in Bedford-Stuyvesant, seeks to further expand the Cuban experience into Brooklyn by opening Pilar Cuban Bakery next door at 397 Greene Ave.

With Pilar Cuban Bakery, Barreras is seeking inspiration from the many Cuban cafes in Miami, which concentrate on sugary pastries and strong coffee, according to Eater. In Miami, many such cafes are attached to Cuban restaurants, and a dinner at one of these restaurants is traditionally followed up with coffee and dessert at the bakery next door.

The new bakery will serve both sweet and savory pastries such as chicken empanadas, ham croquettes, guava-and-cream cheese pastelitos (similar to turnovers) and Cuban bread baked on the spot, Eater reported.

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In addition to strong Cuban coffee and bakery items, Pilar will offer sandwiches, tamales and “a Spanish-inspired pot pie stuffed with cod or chorizo,” Eater said. There will also be Cuban sodas, fresh juices and tropical fruit shakes.

Barreras, who wants to make Pilar the most Cuban corner in New York City, lived in south Florida before moving to New York. The bakery is set to open on Thursday.

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