The West Village Gets Another World-Class Bakery with the Opening of Brooklyn-Transplant Bien Cuit  

SSPNY Tries Out the Newest World-Class Bakery to Pop-up in the West Village: Brooklyn Transplant Bien Cuit

SSPNY tries out one of Brooklyn's most popular bakeries, Zachary Golper and Kate Wheatcroft's Bien Cuit, a world-class bakery which first opened on Smith Street in Boerum Hill two years ago and now brand new to the West Village on Christopher Street

I know I just was raving about the amazing Mille-feuille Bakery on LaGuardia Place, that they make what are probably the best croissants in NYC, and how the macarons and the chocolate caramel fondant are pretty incredible. Also: everything else they sell there. But that doesn't mean I wasn't super-excited about the arrival of the spanking-new Bien Cuit on Christopher Street, as one Brooklyn's most popular bakeries gives it a go in the West Village. Because, really, is it possible to have too many world-class baked goodies in one community? The correct answer is: no. No it is not.

SSPNY tries out multiple sweets at this rare destination bakery on Smith Street, which has quickly earned them the love of the Borough of Kings, turning their Christopher Street locale into a rustic cafe with each savory delight, a loaf of their signature Miche bread, and here, a taste of Financier, topped with a pool of licorce-y Sambuca and crunchy chocolate "craquantes"

Zachary Golper and Kate Wheatcroft opened the original Bien Cuit on Smith Street in Boerum Hill about a year and a half ago, and it quickly earned the love of the Borough of Kings, becoming one of those rare destination bakeries that has folks from all over South Brooklyn traveling to try the sweet treats, savory delights, and the couple's signature loaves of Miche bread, a blend of rye and wheat flours fermented for 68 hours until juuuuuust right. Buoyed by their success, Golper and Wheatcroft have taken their magic across the river, transforming the former Corrado space on Christopher into a rustic cafe, with a counter area overflowing with deliciousness and seating for about a baker's dozen. The Bien Cuit crew couldn't be more friendly and excited by their new digs, and their enthusiasm is contagious. Good food and good vibes abound.

SSPNY also tries out the Blue Cheese Quiche which was absolutely first-rate, with mountain gorgonzola and mashed celeriac rich and creamy within a perfectly crisp, buttery shell, and then a Chicken Pot Pie to follow which can only be ordered at the West Village Bien Cuit

I stopped into Golper and Wheatcroft's new space right when it opened and ordered (and devoured) as many different items from the Bien Cuit menu as I could get away with without seeming like a total pig. Bottom line: two savories, two sweets, four big-time winners. The Blue Cheese Quiche was particularly first-rate, the mountain gorgonzola and mashed celeriac rich and creamy within a perfectly crisp, buttery shell. An excellent light lunch or afternoon snack. The Chicken Pot Pie, available only at the West Village Bien Cuit, needed a bit more filling, but the crust was so good, especially the lattice-work "lid", that it'll be a pleasure to try this again and see if they get the balance right. The dense, chunky was superb, and thewas even better. Stop in during your neighborhood rounds this winter, grab a cup of coffee and just about anything from the counter, and you're guaranteed a warming, satisfying experience.

SSPNY lastly tries out the Maple Yam Danish, which we swear was absolutely delicious paired alongside another baked good-- or just a cup of coffee

The West Village Bien Cuit is located on Christopher Street near Waverly Place (next door to Jeffrey's Grocery), and open Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00. More info and the complete Bien Cuit West Village menu here.

The West Village's Bien Cuit is located on Christopher Street right near Waverly Place, and next door to Jeffrey's Grocery, open Monday through Saturday from 7am to 9pm and on Sundays from 8am to 9pm.



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