Stopped in yesterday to check out this new (just opened 4 days ago) Brazilian bakery/coffee shop in Union Square. The sandwich board outside had one name on it, the sign on the building another (Union Bakery, I think). It's on the same side as Toast and the Independent, but on the corner nearer to the Korean Market.
The display cases were filled with sweet and some savory: two types of flan, a couple of beatiful, rich looking cakes and then a variety of breads. The sweet breads included the ones with a cream filling/topping, many different shapes and sizes. Savory included a chourizo bread that looked great.
Hot case on the counter contained salgadhinos (sp?). I tried the ham & cheese for $1.25. Creamy, cheesy with corn, didn't see any ham but the flavor was quite good. Perhaps tastier than at Moqueca but certainly more fat-laden and the dough was thicker, too. I wasn't hungry for hours!
It's a nice space with beautiful wood shelving for baked goods, warm yellow walls, a few tables and some counter space in the window. What seemed most promising to me were the light snacks on the chalkboard menu including a couple of fantastic looking soups and some light sandwiches like the butter and ham or tomato and cheese that I've seen workers getting at Casal Bakery in the morning. There were a number of other menu items which I'm not familiar with.
This place sure seems worth a repeat visit. I'm looking forward to stopping in for a snack some time soon. What a great spot for a hot bowl of soup and sandwich while it's storming outside. Let it snow, let it snow...
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