Comfortably nestled on the upper west side in Harlem is a sweet tooth treasure known as…Lee Lee’s Baked Goods
To the locals it’s the only place in the community for the best bread pudding, carrot and red velvet cakes and rugelach. Yes, ladies and gentlemen you heard right. Lee Lee’s is known for having the best rugelach in Harlem!
What is rugelach, you might ask? Rugelach is a Jewish (some say German) pastry. You would probably never think you’d find the cream cheese dough pasty on 118th Street and Eighth Avenue in Harlem. As a matter of fact, Mr. Lee’s front window is conspicuously emblazoned with the slogan “Rugelach By A Brother.”
On my first visit to Lee Lee’s, I got the cheesecake. I thought it was good.
On my next visit I tried the carrot cake muffin and it was really good — sweet but not too sweet and very moist. It was on that visit that Mr. Lee offered me a sample of his famous rugelach. I have been a big fan ever since.
P.S. When you go just be prepared to be patient and remember that all good things come to those who wait. Enjoy!
Lee Lee’s Baked Goods
283 West 118th Street and 8th Ave.
Closest Train: B or C to 116 Street
This article was submitted by contributing writer Tonya Conrad, a Harlem resident and lover of Mr. Lee’s confections.