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.
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