The Black & White – a New York classic cookie. Imagine getting a batch of these delectables delivered straight to your door! Let Delivery.com bring Zaro’s Bakery goodies to your humble abode. Zaro’s Bakery is a family run business born in bred in the Bronx. It’s been baking old and new favorites all throughout the New York boroughs for years. We sat down with Brian Zaro, Director of Retail Operations, to find out about Zaro’s from a member of the family itself:
Q: Zaro’s first opened in 1927, making it 85 years old! Tell us a little bit about how the business started/the history of Zaro’s.
The bakery was started by my great grandfather Joseph Zaro in 1927 when he left Poland for America and opened the first store in the Bronx. Joseph’s sons, Phil and William, took helm in the 1950’s expanded the business and its reputation. In 1977, Zaro’s opened the first Grand Central Terminal store, followed shortly thereafter by stores in Pennsylvania Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Today, we have 11 stores in New York City area. We are entering the fourth-generation of a family-owned and operated business.
Q: What do you think keeps New Yorkers coming back to Zaro’s after all these years?
With so much competition out there, our customers know they can come to any of our stores and they will always get great tasting products at responsible prices.
Q: Did you grow up working at Zaro’s? If so, what kind of jobs did you do there as a kid?
Yes, I spent a lot of time working at our facility in the south Bronx. It was important that I learn all parts of the baking business so I would spend time working at each of the stations.
Q: What are the most popular items on your menu?
Bagels and Black & White cookies.
Q: What’s your favorite item on the Zaro’s menu?
Hands down our Tollhouse Cookie; it’s amazing.
Q: Zaros’ has a number of locations around NYC. Can you give us an idea of just how much you produce on a daily basis?
To give you an idea of the scale of product, we sell approximately 500 Black & White Cookies on a daily basis, and bake about 3,200 bagels company wide.
Q: What’s the best way to eat a Zaro’s Black & White Cookie? Black half first or white half first?
I like the chocolate side and would always leave the vanilla half uneaten. My younger brother Scott, preferred the vanilla so it always worked out well for the both of us.
Talk about a lot of cookies and bagels! Get your own delivered by Delivery.com from two Manhattan locations!
Zaro’s Bakery | 920 Broadway, New York, NY 10010 & 501 Fashion Ave, New York, NY 10018
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