Despite the number of excellent bakeries we have in New York, it is important to drop by Locanda Verde at least once a month. You can always count on pastry chef Karen DeMasco to keep the bakery counter exciting with a constant rotation of new sweets (and excellent savories like a sausage and fennel scone). A recent morning visit rewarded us with sugar-dusted Huckleberry Croissants ($3.75), complete with endless layers of buttery, flaky folds and a teasing lick of tart huckleberry jam. The best part is when the whole berries pop in your mouth, made all the more delicious if devoured warm. Save a Chocolate Brownie ($3.75) for your afternoon snack. It's a tidy, decadent square for those prefer brownies that edge on the fudgy side. They came studded with roasted chestnuts one week and sour cherries another. You can't go wrong either way.
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.