[WATCH] Get Some of the City's Best Rugelach at Lee Lee's Baked Goods in Harlem

"Rugelach by a Brother"

Lee Lee's Bakery is one of the absolute best places in New York City to get the classic Jewish dessert "rugelach", despite the general lack of other Jewish deli's and bakeries in the area. In this video from our friends at First We Feast, meet long-time owner Alvin Lee Smalls and hear how and why he got into the rugelach business.

Rugelach is one of the world's most recognizable Jewish pastries. But in NYC, some of the best rugelach is made uptown at Lee Lee's Baked Goods in Harlem. Tucked away on 118th Street, Lee Lee's proudly offers customers "Rugelach by a Brother"—a tagline concocted by 75-year-old owner Alvin Lee Smalls. With each soft, flakey bite crafted entirely by hand, Smalls considers himself the last of a dying breed: a true pastry master keeping New York's old-school recipes and baking techniques alive.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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