Friday, November 27, 2009
Sigmund Pretzel Shop
Katie Orlinsky for The New York Times
Published: November 24, 2009
Lina Kulchinsky, a lawyer turned pastry chef, did not want to open an everyday bakery. One day her husband brought her a pretzel from a street cart and an idea clicked.
“I am Russian and my baking had Eastern leaning, German, Austrian,” she said. “I got a lot of this working at Bouley and Danube. But what’s great about pretzels is that they can be so versatile.”
Caraway is the flavor of one of her properly chewy pretzels, of course, but they also come in coarse salt, cheddar-jalapeño and cinnamon-raisin versions. There is also a salt pretzel dipped in caramel.
Pretzel sandwiches, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, bomboloni and moist chocolate-ginger muffins are also sold. Above, Tricia Wancko, the manager, oversees it all.
Sigmund Pretzel Shop, 29 Avenue B (East Third Street) sells pretzels for $3 and $3.50, pretzel sandwiches for $7. Other baked goods are $2 to $3: (646) 410-0333.