Glaser’s Bake Shop
Heading up to Yorkville, you’ll find Glaser’s Bake Shop, one of the oldest bakeries in New York City. An old-time German bakery, Glaser’s was originally opened by Bavarian immigrants John and Justine Glaser in 1902 in an area of the City known as Germantown. The exterior and interior of the building has changed very little over the years. They’ve maintained the tin ceiling, tile floor and the beautiful wooden display shelves. And like Ferrara’s and Venieros’s, Glaser’s Bake Shop is still owned and operated by the Glaser family, now in the third and fourth generations. Manhattanites who grew up in Yorkville remember well those famous Black and White cookies from Glaser’s, said to be an original recipe – and their apple turnovers and Gingerbread during the Christmas Holidays.
Those who grew up in Yorkville aren’t the only ones who remember the good old Black and White cookie. It is said that the cashier at Glaser’s keeps an extra box of them next to the register for that last minute impulse buyer. Be sure to look for John Glaser’s name spelled out in tiles on the original floor.
DTUT, a name meant to be a lose acronym for Downtown, Uptown, is a laid back coffee shop/bar that’s even relaxed in the pronunciation department (letting you choose whether to go with D-T-U-T or D-TUT– either will fly). Located at 1744 2nd Avenue, the idea of DTUT is to bring a downtown vibe to an uptown location and hopes you’ll join them pretty much everyday, at anytime between the hours of 9 AM and 2 AM on the weekends (with Friday opening at 8 AM) and then 8 AM till Midnight during the weekdays. Yes that’s right, they’re closed for just seven, healthy hours on those weekend nights.
In addition to serving good coffee, DTUT also supports local artists. The chandeliers are custom made and so is every mug– each one a unique piece that’s been hand-fired, glazed, and stamped by the same artist in the Hudson Valley. The bar is made from reclaimed wood, and the couches and armchairs are all vintage thrift finds. Similarly, its food menu is all sourced locally and seasonally– often changing to reflect whatever product is at its prime. But perhaps most important of all? The chance to enjoy chocolate fondue along the with a choice largest selection of American craft beer north of 86th street (as the DTUT website proudly boasts).