We love our KitchenAid stand mixer as much as the next girl, but isn’t it nice sometimes to just swing by a trusty neighborhood spot for a batch of brownies? We found two new bakeries on the Upper East Side that make it harder than ever to break out the rolling pin.
Maison Kayser For its stateside debut, this famed Parisian bakery (with multiple international locations) chose Manhattan, naturally. Eric Kayser’s slow-rise methods are evident as the bakers--who are trained in the original shop on Rue Monge--whip up classic baguettes ($2.75) and flaky croissants ($2.50). In the mood for more than just bread to go? Take a seat at the café to dive into a buttery croque-monsieur ($15). 1294 Third Ave. (between 74th and 75th sts.); 212-744-3100 or maison-kayser-usa.com
Vegan Divas Sure, the French have the patisserie market cornered, but the Brazilian duo behind Vegan Divas grabbed our attention with their selection of vegan and kosher desserts (previously packaged and sold only at specialty markets and online). But now you can get a single-serving fix at their new freestanding bakery. The rich gluten-free mousse ($5) and toasted-coconut doughnuts ($3 each) are so awesome, you’ll forget they’re actually healthy. 1437 First Ave. (between 74th and 75th sts.); 646-499-4843 or vegandivasnyc.com