I remember as a child, my parents would drive to Parkchester so mom could pic up a cake from Zaro’s — especially the carrot cake which was (and is still) one of our favorites — for special family occasions and gatherings.
A trip to Parkchester for me was always magical because it meant I got to see the beautiful buildings and architecture of this city within a city within a city.
Zaro’s, which has been in business since 1927, has 9 stores, including the Parkchester location and 4 within Grand Central Station, 1 on 7th Avenue in the Fashion District, 2 at Penn Station and 1 in Newark but what they all have in common is that all these delicious goods comes from The Bronx at their headquarters on Bruckner Boulevard in Port Morris.
The baked goods have been coming out from The Bronx to all their stores since the 1930s making them one of our beloved mom and pop businesses.
Check out what they’ve done with their building and how they decided to turn a warehouse into a beautiful work of art: