9th Street Bakery Cafe
Walking into the 9th Street Bakery brought me back to my trips with my grandfather to the local bakery growing up. My niece and I marveled at the classic-looking black and white cookies, linzer tarts, babka, rye breads (both with seeds and without), and the adorable small challahs. Once I lifted my head up from the glass case of baked goods, I truly became excited as I spotted a displayed copy of a book entitled Dough. Written by Mort Zachter, the grandson and nephew of the original owners of the bakery from 1926 – 1986, Dough tells how, unbeknownst to him, his uncles had amassed a fortune over the years by investing in stocks and bonds and living incredibly frugal lives. At age thirty-six, Zachter found out that he was the heir to five million dollars! This was the perfect read for me, as I was only a few weeks into my walks, and the history of the east village that was revealed in these pages gave me a real sense of what this neighborhood was like. Although the family does not own the bakery anymore, the present owners seem to be doing a nice job of trying to keep the character of this old world favorite the same.