Bakery Transcends Its Transit-Based Comfort Zones

Zaro’s Babka: No longer just for Amtrakers.

Fans of bagel dogs and other Bronx-made baked goods, get ready for more crusty carbs, in a somewhat unusual setting.

Zaro’s New York Bakery will soon open its 13th area store–far removed from its typical train-station or bus-terminal digs.

Having already established a dominating presence at the city’s transit hubs–including four stores at Grand Central, two at Penn Station, and another at Port Authority–Zaro’s is now targeting Flatiron-area flatfoots.

At its newest location, next door to Mayrose Comfortable Food at the corner of Broadway and 21st Street, contractors worked well past sunset on Friday to install new windows. Seems the circa-1977 chain is in a hurry to expand its audience beyond the Amtrak and LIRR set.

“We are hoping to be open by the end of the year,” proprietor Joseph Zaro tells The Observer in an e-mail, “but with construction, one never knows!”

– Chris Shott

Bakery Transcends Its Transit-Based Comfort Zones