Oro Bakery and Bar
375 Broome Street between Mott Street and Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013
Post-L’asso, Shing suggested we give Oro a go because it would satisfy our needs for sweets and alcohol. Yes. And it didn’t hurt that Oro was close by, considering how Arctic-like the weather was that night.
When we showed up, Oro was pretty quiet: there was a dude at the bar and a table of three by the door. There is some seating in the front next to the entryway of chilling winds, and there is also seating in the back near the bathroom. The bar dominates though.
There was just one lady working the bar. There were menus on the bar which we grabbed before seating ourselves in the front nook. Lucky for us, the heater was going full blast and there weren’t too many patrons coming and going.
I wanted to keep warm, so I picked out the hot mulled wine and for my sweet tooth, the peanut butter and chocolate mousse. Pretty presentation for the latter! Notice the gold too. I remarked that it was like Goldschlager. I sampled Amy’s pumpkin cheesecake and Shing’s chocolate souffle which were both worth of being devoured. Usually I’m wary of souffles but his was light and sweet, not too non-sweet. Great.
The mulled wine, which Frank was very curious about, was a bit of a quandary. Yes, it was warm and wine-y. I guess the spices had steeped too long, as the first sips were sharply bitter. It did not help that I accidentally bit into a clove, yuck. But as the liquid levels lowered, either I got used to it or the bitterness relaxed.
The bartender was incredibly friendly, and she was keen on telling us background info, like how all the desserts are made on premises in a big secret bakery downstairs. Apparently they open at 7am as a regular bakery and then morph into a cafe later on, followed by wine bar (not a full bar).
I don’t know if it was undercrowded due to the weather, but if that’s the normal crowd, Oro would be a swell place to relax and catch up with your friends without shouting or getting jostled. Worked well for us!