Prior to the changes that have occurred in the East Village over the last few decades the mostly Latino neighborhood boasted of many family owned and run bakeries and restaurants that catered to the peoples in the area. I thought those days and food opportunities were long gone until I turned the corner of 3rd Street, between Avenues B & C, and happened upon Rossy's Bakery (242 East 3rd).
The modern layout and interior design of this bakery belies the old fashioned foods and baked Spanish-Caribbean goods made and sold here. For those of you not in the know try the toasted soft Caribbean style bread and butter with a cafe con leche, the guava based pastries, the flan or the rice pudding (my favorite!) that is sold in a $2 serving too large to eat at one sitting. They also sell cakes, cookies and cupcakes that rival any other known bakery and fast sandwiches and meat or cheese filled pastries that are perfect for a quick lunch.