Dish no. 32: The Brooklyn Blackout Cake at Ovenly (31 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn; 347-689-3608)
Follow your nose to the gritty end of Greenpoint Avenue and find a precious storefront bakery filled with agave-laced muffins and gluten-free cookies. You’re not wrong — there’s the scent of cocoa in the air, and its fragrance should tilt your head to the cylindrical wonder on the cake stand. This is Ovenly’s Brooklyn Blackout cake, thickly layered with chocolate pudding and buttercream, so dark that staring at it is a little like looking into an abyss. You can — and should — order it by the slice. And by the way, this makes an excellent follow-up to a pizza at Paulie Gee’s.
In advance of our 2014 Best of NYC issue, we’re traipsing through the boroughs and divulging our favorite dishes of the year. They’re presented here as a countdown, but we’re listing them in no particular order. Consider this a guide to what’s good to eat in this town right this very second.
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