After a day in New York, just across the Hudson River, I promised my daughter a visit to Carlo's Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey for some cannoli. She is a big fan of his television show Cake Boss. Although there is a bakery outlet in the city, near the 42nd Street Port Authority Bus Terminal, it just didn't seem authentic. On a chilly Sunday morning in December we found parking and walked a block to the bakery. At around 8:00 a.m. there was several people in front of us, but no real no line.
Pictures of Buddy Valastro (a.k.a. Cake Boss) hang on the wall inside the bakery.
Even at this early hour, or perhaps because of it, the patrons that morning seemed to be regulars and a few like us wanted to see the bakery and buy a few pastries. The shop was clean and the glass counters filled with fresh pastries, cookies and cakes, all attended by three or four "family" members. There was absolutely no pretentious "stars" waiting on customers, but genuine and friendly people who took time with each order, double checking before placing each box in a machine that quickly wrapped red and white string around it. A very nice touch.
We ordered cannoli and sfogliatelle and a few hot drinks and snapped a few pictures, then walked a few block to the riverside park for what has to be one of the best views of New York City anywhere.
Below is a view of the lower Manhattan skyline from Hoboken, New Jersey.