Stopped by this small, old-fashioned bakery after brunch at Vinateria.
Apparently the bake shop is known for its Rugelach, a traditional Jewish pastry. The story is (I googled this after I got home), the owner/baker, Mr Alvin Lee Smalls first came across a rugelach recipe on a newspaper over four decades ago. After making the rugelach per the recipe, he decided he didn't like the recipe. He then tinkered with the recipe for about six month and created his own version of the traditional Jewish treat! How cool is that?!
I have to say, his version tastes amazing! I got the traditional ones to go because I was simply too stuffed from brunch. But... when I realized that the rugelachs were still warm, I magically found room in my stomach. Nothing like freshly baked treats! I loved the touch of cinnamon and raisins in this "traditional" version. Now that I know how amazing Mr. Lee's rugelach are, I will go back and try the other flavors.
These round treats covered in a dusting of white powdered sugar are Sandies. At this shop, they are affectionately called Sandie Tots by the owner. One of the patrons called them Mexican Wedding Cookies. Whatever you want to call them, they are absolutely delicious! I'm usually not a fan of these types of densely packed cookies. These Sandie Tots somehow managed to be crunchy, but light, with a slight nutty flavor. I can easily inhale a couple of these.
I am never one to pass up on cinnamon rolls, especially since I have such a hard time finding good ones these days. This cinnamon rolls are a bit thinner than most cinnamon rolls. I was worried that they would be a bit dry, since I didn't get a chance to eat them on the day I bought them. To my surprise, these cinnamon rolls were perfectly yummy when I had them for breakfast the next day.
Verdict: AA+; This unassuming bakery is a great find. It is definitely worth trekking uptown for these special treats.
Lee Lee's Baked Goods
283 West 118th Street (Between St. Nicholas & Frederick Douglas Blvd.), Harlem