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Laziza Pastry for Kanafa

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Laziza Pastry for Kanafa

Eric Eto | Sep 20, 2002 01:54 AM

Shortly after my sandwiches at El Manara, I went across Steinway to Laziza pastry for their kanafa, which I discovered along with a few chowhounds after an evening at Mombar. Kanafa is a warm cheesy, honeyed dessert with a red topping that tastes a lot like sweetened cornmeal (if anyone knows what that red topping consists of, please let us in on it). It's the perfect balance of what I like in a dessert -- not sickly sweet or outrageously rich, plus it has a cheese a little similar in consistency as fried mozarella. You'll notice a red pizza like item at the far left end of the main case of pastries. My timing was impeccable as mine was the first slice off of the beautiful umblemished circle of cheesy goodness. It might be their most popular item as I had noticed hordes of people coming in and ordering it, and by the time I was done with my portion, there was nothing left of what was once a pristine red circle.

The people behind the counter are so warm and friendly that if you express any interest in any of the desserts, they will give you a sample. Their traditional pastry items are also very good. But that kanafa...

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