I finally went to Sahadi's last month for the first time and I really think they should introduce a member's club. I started thinking about next visit even before I reached the cashier. I really love their bulk selection, and can't think of going back to buy the fossilized dried beans at foodtown now.
Anyways, I passed by damascus bakery, and went to try their baklava and some other sweets - I think it was finger something, birdnest, etc.
I was really disappointed. The baklava didn't taste fresh at all. I could barely taste the walnut in it, and while the pastry was admittedly refined and well made, it has too many layers, the syrup inside was very thick and gooey, almost sickening. I bought 3 or 4 items, and they were all like that.
Did I buy the wrong item? It seems unlikely since that was their specialty stuff. Do they make it differently from others?
I remember the baklava I liked was lighter on pastry and filled with fresh nuts inside, and the syrup played a complementary but not dominant role. Can I find such in NYC?