This week’s piece is somewhat of a departure from the normal post about an ethnic restaurant but it’s about a no less unusual find. Baconery is an eatery located on Columbus Avenue between 104th and 105th street. As the shop’s name suggests this establishment is a bakery; what’s peculiar about it is that there is bacon in everything save for the drinks.
The menu features a strange but enticing selection of classic desserts including chocolates, caramel treats, pies, macaroons, cookies, and brownies, all of which include pieces of bacon. Perhaps it is needless to say that this eatery is probably not great for people who don’t or can’t eat bacon. And honestly, even though I consider myself quite the bacon lover, I was hesitant about the concept.
The atmosphere was very cozy with plush seating and abundant colorful decorations (mainly bacon-themed posters and memorabilia). The service was very polite, enthusiastic, and happy to talk about the theme of the bakery and make recommendations. After ordering at the counter we took a seat and were served very promptly. I had already had dinner before heading over to Baconery and had planned only on getting a dessert.
However, I was told that as part of a weekend special they were offering a mac and cheese dish which included four varieties of bacon. So I decided to try this as well as the dessert I had originally set out for. The mac and cheese was well portioned and very satisfying, even though I had already had dinner I was thoroughly enjoying it. I felt that the bacon was very complementary to the basic dish, and the four different varieties of bacon (some thin and crispy and others think and hearty) made every bite a little different. For dessert I felt compelled to keep it simple and rather than order a bacon cookie, pie, or brownie I choose the chocolate covered bacon strip. There were several varieties of this, in dark, milk, and white chocolate and with a variety of toppings (one of which was more bacon). I choose to keep it simple and order just the milk chocolate bacon strip. The combination of the sweet chocolate with the salty and savory bacon was wonderful; however, I found that after each bite I was left chewing a slab of bacon even after the chocolate had dissipated. That being said it was a fine dessert and well worth the $2.
Overall, Baconery is a very fun experience where they offer truly unique treats at fair prices in a comfortable atmosphere. And I definitely plan to go back some time to try some of their more exotic offerings.