Du Jour Bakery opened yesterday in the space last occupied by Perch Cafe, on Fifth Avenue between Fifth and Sixth Streets. Run by the husband-and-wife duo of TJ and Vera Obias, it's chock full of sweets, pastries, and baked goods both sweet and savory, and it's clear from a visit during their soft-opening party on Sunday that there's some major talent at work here.
Owners TJ and Vera are at left
First, the space. There's a lot of seating available but also a full display case showcasing TJ and Vera's creations, and the room is simply appointed with exposed brick walls, dark wood floors, wooden tables, and a marble counter. There's a well-lit, sunny vibe, and it comes across as an ideal place to while away some time over a cup of coffee.
But I wouldn't advise sticking with just the coffee. The breakfast menu is loaded with delicious-sounding baked goods, all made in-house: croissants, cinnamon buns, everything pretzels, ham-and-cheese brioche (above), Quiche Lorraine, muffins, scones, cookies, brownies, cupcakes, and for dessert there's almond bread pudding (below, which was also on the dessert menu at Dovetail), creme brulee, cheesecake, and banana pudding. There are also cheddar chive biscuits and Hawaiian buns, on the menu at Pork Slope and Talde, respectively (the chefs are good friends with Dale). A full menu of composed brunch and dinner dishes will soon be rolled out as well.
As is probably clear by now, TJ and Vera aren't just bakers, they're full-blown pastry chefs, with sparkling resumes. TJ's logged time at Dovetail, Morimoto, Gordon Ramsay at The London, and Cafe Gray, and Vera earled her stripes at The Russian Tea Room and Buddakan, where she met Dale (who introduced her to TJ). They'd never worked together before now, and TJ is handling the savories while Vera handles the sweets, which also include custom cakes and pies.
According to their website, the goal of Du Jour is to "showcase their love of food and all things sweet." We're pretty lucky that they decided to do it in our neck of the woods.
Du Jour Bakery, 365 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. Phone: 347-227-8953.