New York Bakery is not a bakery. It's a hidden little gem on West 29th Street where the owner, Harrison, and his wife serve a quietly celebrated mix of Mexican and Korean food. It's been there for 12 years, up a narrow set of rusty stairs in the Wholesale District.
It won't be there much longer, as tipster Jared wrote in.
I went by for lunch. Harrison told me that developers are working on permits to tear down the building and put up something bigger.
He figures he's got another month or two before he has to go.
When he first opened shop, the Korean immigrant sold Korean food. But no one was buying. He noticed that many of the workers in the neighborhood were Hispanic. A Mexican woman started cooking for him and business got better. Gothamist recently called the tacos "glorious."
Now, with its ethnic mash-up, New York Bakery attracts devoted fans from all over the city.
Harrison told me, "My customers will be crying" when they hear about the closing.
He's not sure where he'll go next or if he'll even be able to relocate.
The rents in the neighborhood have climbed too high as developers rush to demolish everything in sight, replacing the useful little buildings with shiny new towers for a new population.