Dulce De Leche Bakery, 376 Central Ave, opened last Friday after almost nine months of renovations and set-up, creating a beautiful cafe and bakery with lots to eat.
On my visit, I picked up an iced coffee, a couple of empanadas (one spinach, one beef), a doughnut filled with pastry cream (I think they told me it was a bolas de fraile), and a churro with dulce de leche all for under $9. So yes, you can indulge economically.
Everything was delicious. I was especially blown away by the taste and texture of all the doughs in their various forms, both savory and sweet. Very light and airy and they didn't use an especially sweet dough in the desserts, relying instead on the fillings, so nothing felt like a sugar bomb. Similarly, both of the empanadas were well-balanced in flavor and seasoning and since they're baked and more snack-sized than meal-sized, they weren't too heavy.
As I was standing in line, I already started planning ahead for my next visit, thinking about the loaves of freshly baked bread (particularly one with cheese baked on top), the quiche (again, both vegetarian and non-veg), and the beautiful cakes they had on display including some by the slice. With the variety of options on offer, it's safe to say multiple visits could be made and there will always be something new to try.
All in All
Dulce De Leche is a fantastic addition to Central Avenue and to Jersey City in general. The bakery is open and spacious and while service was a little disorganized, it was clearly because the shop had just opened and the staff was very patient and welcoming. The food looks, smells, and tastes wonderful and considering they carry everything from salads to traditional Argentine pastries, this is definitely a place everyone can enjoy.