Tightly packed with everything from whole toasted hazelnuts to walnuts, almonds, and plump, dried figs, the Love Loaf ($6 for a 3-piece pack), at Zucker Bakery is both hearty and sweet enough to deem dessert. It's a gluten-free concoction, chewy with a crunchy browned top. It also goes exceptionally well on a cheese plate if you slice it thin. If possible, plan your visit to Zucker's on a Friday—show up around noon for a loaf of their warm, straight out of the oven challah. It's the one day of the week they bake challah, a beautifully braided loaf topped with sesame seeds, eggy and plush. Don't bother resisting the urge to completely tear apart and devour on the walk home.
If you're looking to add something new to your Passover dessert spread, may I suggest Zucker Bakery's new Chocolate Matzo Cake ($2.50 slice, $20 whole cake)? The cake features a chocolate glaze with a shiny mirror finish that makes it look like it was just poured.