La Cabra is a Denmark-based coffee shop that recently opened a NYC outpost in the East Village. It has all the credentials of a proper coffee shop – a commitment to sourcing the best beans, refining its roasting technique to maximize the beans, being mindful of the seasonality of the beans, etc. But what really brings me back repeatedly to La Cabra are the baked goods. I always look inside the display case, intending on buying just one pastry to bring back home, but then I end up buying two or three. The pastries are that good. There is a very minimalist Nordic aspect to them. They’re not cute sweet buns with smiley faces or beautiful cakes with meticulously pipetted icing. They’re straightforward in their visual presentation but there are subtle layers to the flavors and textures that make them very memorable. La Cabra is a coffeeshop first and foremost, but in my opinion, it is one of the best bakeries in New York City.
Jared Sexton is the head baker at La Cabra, and he had previous stints at Bien Cuit and Pain D’Avignon. I’ve tried nearly everything on the pastry menu. The signature rye tart is for sure a crowd pleaser. I absolutely loved the panna cotta on top. It’s infused with roasted rye and white chocolate mousse and lemon, making this cream much livelier than your typical dollop. I also loved the apple tart, which is subverted a bit here in that the filling is placed on top as opposed to being in the core of the crust. The crust, by the way, on both tarts is impressive. I liked the cardamom bun as well, the cardamom spice is prominent without being too overbearing, and I do think it tastes better than the one at Fabrique. The apple danish was the only pastry I was a bit indifferent too. Surprisingly my favorite baked good was the simple croissant. I ordered one and ate it straight out of the bag, without heating it up or anything, and I was amazed by how good it was. The outer crust was flaky and had still a bit of a crunch to it, and the interior was perfectly chewy.
I’m glad I have something each week in the area that gives me an excuse to drop by. I’ve been here on the weekends and it is out of control. The word is out about La Cabra and all the hip Gen Z / Millennials are on to this place. Be sure to go earlier in the day, otherwise something will sell out, especially that rye tart.
152 2nd Ave (between 9th and 10th St)
New York, NY 10003