Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

February 19, 2011 11:57 AM

Restaurant: Gateaux

GATEAUX - Bakery

570 Piermont Road
Closter, NJ 07624
Fax 201-784-3768
Cell 201-906-7897
I was in Closter and had a little time to kill before an event that was to begin at 9 a.m. We drove around, looking for a place to stop for coffee and tea, and happened upon Gateaux, a Korean bakery and café.

The inside of the café is a huge vaulted room that has within it what would otherwise be described as an “outdoor” café.

On the left as you enter is a long counter with multiple open shelves that had more different kinds of rolls and buns than I have ever seen. At least two-thirds of the offerings were items, plain and sweet, that I have not seen in any other bakery. There are also a variety of fresh loaves of bread on these shelves.

On the right is a second counter devoted to various kinds of cakes and pastries. The working bakery is in another room, behind the counter on the left.

I had an excellent glass of freshly-made ice tea and a soft roll lightly decorated with lines of chocolate. The person with whom I was traveling had a flat roll that had a raised, open center of a tuna fish mixture.

The men’s room had a single commode and wash basin, and a plain brown décor. It was very clean.

If you are ever in the area, it is worth going a little out of your way to try the Gateaux’s offerings.

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