[Photograph: Chris Crowley]

With sunnier days upon us, a summer retreat to the Bronx Zoo is in order for many New Yorkers. Stopping at nearby Arthur Avenue, the former seat of Italian-American life in the Bronx, is the default dining decision for most, but more intrepid eaters should venture to other nearby, occasionally fascinating alternatives.

For those craving something beyond the cannoli of Arthur Avenue's often (though not always) underwhelming bakeries, a trip to Lydig Avenue—due east of the zoo—will satisfy some of those same cravings.

A light post-Zoo treat, or pre-safari snack, can be had at nearby Moishy's, in the form of blintzes ($4) stuffed with cheese or fruit and topped with preserves. The farmer cheese is smooth and light, and the nicely chewy crepe gains some crisp towards the edges. The blackberry preserves, though, offered little in the way of flavor.

Kosher to the core, Moishy's is an otherwise average deli—not the kind worth getting nostalgic about, like, say, Joe's over by Camberleng. Skip the deli counter, sticking to these fresh made blintzes, and seek out a savory bite elsewhere, such as the Bronx branch of Djerdan.

Moishy's Bakery & Cafe

746 Lydig Avenue Bronx, NY 10462 (map)

About the author: Chris Crowley is a former Serious Eats intern and the author of the Bronx Eats column. You can follow him on twitter here, or pay a visit to his new food blog, Sound Bites, over on Wordpress.


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