In years past we wrote about the enigmatic Nutellerias of Europe (and the short-lived Nutella cafes in North America): store/cafes dedicated to nothing but Nutella, the world’s favorite chocolate and hazelnut spread. Though the international Nutella cafes have come and gone, it now it appears that we will finally have a Nutella-only cafe of our own stateside. The Nutella Cafe will open in Millennium Park Chicago on May 31, and is officially run by Nutella’s parent company Ferrero. The Cafe will offer sweet, Nutella-based treats as well as savory non-Nutella fare. Previously, Nutella lovers in Chicago and NYC could enjoy the Nutella kiosk in Eataly, but this new cafe represents a whole new level of Nutella love (the door is even shaped like a jar of Nutella).
Nutella by Brian Cantoni
Hanukkah is coming up – which means we are in prime babka season. Babka (aka Krantz cake) is a sweet Eastern European braided bread that has become a staple of New York City Jewish cuisine. I have tried a few babkas and I think I can definitively say I have tried my favorite in NYC so far – Breads Bakery (18 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003). Breads is the run by Israel-born, Denmark-trained baker Uri Scheft. At Breads, Scheft updates a variety of bakery classics including challah, rye, cookies, baguettes, croissants and even sufganiyot for Hanukkah, but the babka is the standout.
Breads’ version is different from the traditional babka since it is made with a hazelnut spread / chocolate filling instead of just chocolate. Despite not being the most traditional, there is a whole lot to love. Breads’ babka is soft, gooey and completely bursting with chocolate and hazelnut goodness. There is even a cinnamon version! We are not alone in our praise, and Breads also got a hat tip for best babka in NYC from Serious Eats and New York Magazine. Breads even makes a babka pie! We will definitely be back the next time we are NYC. Who makes your favorite babka?
Happy World Nutella Day! We have written about several Nutella-concept shops throughout the world, and in honor of Nutella Day we wanted to do a little update on a few of these locations. We are sad to report that the Nutellerias in Germany and Bologna may have closed, while there is a new Nutelleria location in Leiria, Portugal. Additionally, the Nutella concept store in NYC, which we first reported on in Fall 2014, now named Nuteria, has opened one location, and will soon open another [update: they are also being sued by Nutella’s parent company…]. If you are in the mood for some Nutella closer to home, there are certainly a lot of great recipes to tempt you, including these salted dark chocolate Nutella sandwich cookies from Faux Martha (pictured above). Nutella in both the cookie and the filling – seems pretty appropriate for Nutella Day. Or how about a Nutella babka?
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We wrote previously about the Nutelleria, an all-nutella eatery that has outposts in Frankfurt and Bologna. Now have come to find out that there is also a Nutelleria opening in Park Slope, Brooklyn. However, it is shrouded in mystery. Is it related to the other Nutellerias? Is it sanctioned by Ferrero (the makers of Nutella)? There is a similar mysterious buzz circling around Montreal’s soon-to-open Eatella. All we know if that neither of these places are planning to open a branch in Chicago (though Chicago’s Eataly does have a sanctioned Nutella bar) – and we need more Nutella options here, stat!
With much fanfare, a Nutella bar has opened in the NYC Eataly. Well it isn’t quite a Nutelleria, but it is the closest thing to one on US shores. The Chicago Eataly already has a lovely Nutella bar (which was around since the grand opening of Eataly, unlike the NYC outpost), but it appears to be on a slightly smaller scale than the NYC Nutella bar, which has a towering wall of Nutella on one side (that is where the gelato stand is in the Chicago Eataly). So what can you get at a Nutella bar? The menu is the same as in Chicago: pastries and bread slathered in Nutella, alongside Nutella crepes, ranging in price from $2.80 to $5.80. Without a doubt, the success of the Chicago Eataly’s Nutella bar was inspiration to Eataly impresarios Bastianich and Batali to transport the concept to NYC. After all, who doesn’t love Nutella!?
Nutella Bar in NYC by Eater NY