I don't know much about pastry. I'm more of a savory fella. But I do know what I like, and I've liked everything I've had from Sook, a newish Ridgewood Pastry shop.
The place is always doing a business, with people sitting at the tables on the sidewalk or inside, chatting away with other townsfolk. Sook seems to have created this communal spot, which I wouldn't have guessed possible in these parts. And the place is very attractive.
They've got sweet and savory crepes, sandwiches, soups, and of course of kindza pastries and whathave you. Most importantly for me, I like their ice coffee much more than the other options in Ridgewood. The over-roasted Starbucks gig is wearing on me at this point. The coffee at Sook is much more to my liking.
The chef/owner, Keum Sook, is of Korean decent. I'm not sure what a Korean pastry might be, or if there is one, but if there is I would love to see some here, if even only occasionally.
There's also tapas on the menu, and according to this NY Times article, sandwiches which might have duck rillette. This is getting interesting, although I've not seen either during my visits.
Sook Pastry seems to be the real deal. Made-from-scratch food, in what I'm assuming is some sort of French tradition. Heck, from the time I started typing this to now, I fell in love with this place. I may come around to (and learn something about) sweets after all...especially if they have duck.
Sook : 24 South Broad Street : Ridgewood, NJ : 201.493.2500