Chocolate Babka Image courtesy of New York Natives, photographer Anjali Mansukhani
By New York Natives Staff

We’re eating…

Chocolate Babka from Breads Bakery

Forget the croissant/doughnut hybrid, the “cronut,” and meet the croissant/cake hybrid, Chocolate Babka (the “croke”?). With “Chocolate” in the name, it should come as no surprise that this delicious pastry is so highly sought after. Similar to a Krantz cake, Chocolate Babka is filled with chocolate sauce, pecans, and sugar, then rolled in a braid shape.

Owner Uri Scheft opened his first bakery in Tel Aviv, and fortunately, his next (and only other) outpost, Breads Bakery, in NYC at Union Square. Here, he adds Nutella and Belgian dark chocolate chips to the original recipe, and he can’t seem to keep the queuing New Yorkers at bay. Loaves are now baked at least three times a day to keep up with demand.

Chocolate Babka remains fresh and moist for days, but frankly, we’d be surprised if it lasted that long.

A photo posted by Breads Bakery (@breadsbakery) on


We’re going to…

The Lion

Benjamin Scheuer has a story to tell, and he uses six guitars to do it. The Lion is a coming-of-age tale, and chronicles the ups and downs of a boy becoming a man with wit, emotion, and rock n’ roll. If it’s true that “life is about the journey,” then what an incredible journey this is.

Something truly amazing happens when live music meets great storytelling, and what better backdrop than that of New York City as seen by a native like Scheuer. The Lion will leave you thinking the whole subway ride home, and feeling like you’ve just experienced something you’ll never forget. 


Staff Pick: I’m watching…

March Madness

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March Madness is in full effect. Every year, I fill out a bracket for different friends’ pools and national brackets, hoping to be in the top 1 percentile and win $20,000. While I’ve never won the big bucks, I have won a few of those pools with friends, which makes the $20 buy in worth it.

The only thing about this year is that there is the University of Kentucky, and then there’s everyone else. I’m going to roll the dice with a few upsets! Hey it’s worth the gamble, right?




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