Wednesday, August 05, 2009
New Middle Eastern Sweets
I'd been eyeing Al-Sham Sweets & Pastries (24-39 Steinway), the new Middle Eastern pastry shop on the corner of Steinway and 25th Ave, since it opened a couple months ago. Their dizzying window display is piled high with pyramids of phyllo-wrapped and pistachio-studded goodies. I finally stopped in last week and tried a square almond cookie on the recommendation of the woman behind the counter. The little bar, which only set me back a dollar, featured a delicious, tender cookie (with no small tad of butter, yum) topped with almond paste and a thin layer of sweet glaze. The shop features all sorts of Palestinian and Jordanian desserts, from baklava to whole cakes. I'll be back too soon for my own good, and look forward to the time when I tell my incredulous grandchildren about the good old days when I used to get dessert for a dollar.