MANHATTAN – Beloved Lenox Hill cafe and pastry purveyor Padoca Bakery is expanding its footprint on the Upper East Side, bringing it’s famous Brazilian cheese bread and selection of sweets to Yorkville as its new location opened bright and early Friday morning.
Starting at 8:00 am, Padoca Bakery soft-opened its doors on First Avenue between East 86th and 87th Streets, in what has been one of the most-anticipated restaurant openings in the neighborhood this year.
Similar to their original location on East 67th street in Lenox Hill, you can expect to purchase their phenomenal PDQ– or Pão de Queijo– a tasty Brazilian cheese bread, classic cakes, cupcakes, and pastries as well as breakfast items and lunch staples.
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Inside Padoca Bakery
While the storefront has been covered for months, Upper East Site finally caught a glimpse inside, and the interiors are as beautifully aesthetic as their cakes and pastries. Exposed brick covers the south wall in a long and narrow space dressed with light wooden floors. The true character jumps out, as the coffee bar is fixed with white and blue decorated tile.
The bakery also houses a beautiful patio space, though it is not complete just yet. Discussions on social media mentioned extra tables or a kid-focused playground— though there were no mentions of heaters or patio-openings for launch.
Padoca Bakery’s Food + Drink
Padoca is famous for their Pao de Queijo cheese bread. Native to Brazil, these pastry items are naturally gluten-free as they’re made with cassava flour. Flavors offered include: plain (traditional), everything spice, guava, and mini size. In addition to buying freshly baked, customers have the option to buy packs to bake at home.
This Padoca Bakery location will also serve breakfast sandwiches made with their delicious PDQ bread until after noon each day. An egg and cheese costs $8.75, while bacon or ham, egg and cheese runs a dollar more. Available all day, offerings like avocado toast, tuna salad toast, and ham and cheese sandwiches are also on the menu, starting at $7.75 for a half order.
Padoca Bakery also sells unique sweets such as red velvet brownies, as well as traditional cookie offerings. Customers can purchase one of Padoca’s signature cakes for any occasion. Just place your order 48 hours in advance for pick up.
From our sneak peak, it looks as though this second Padoca Bakery location will offer traditional drip coffee and cold brew, as well as staff favorites, such as honey oat latte, cookie butter latte, grandma’s milk—to go with your cookies and brownies, of course.
Padoca Bakery’s Proprietors
Behind Padoca are two hard working women who came together to create the bakery so many Upper East Siders love. Marina Halpern and Rachel Binder joined force, combining their expertise– Halpern, Brazilian-born, and Binder, a pastry chef– to come up with delicious and authentic Brazilian recipes.
Yorkville get ready, because your morning coffee runs will never be the same – thanks to the wonders of PDQ cheese bread.
During the soft launch, Padoca Bakery says it will be open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday. We’ll update this article once regular hours are set.