Uri Scheft was born in Israel and raised in Denmark, and since opening Lehamim Bakery over a decade ago, he’s become a local legend in Tel Aviv. He opens his first American outpost off Union Square on January 30 and will keep his deck ovens running around the clock to replenish the supply of signature items like cheese sticks, babka, challah, rugelach, and Danish rye. In the style of New York’s expanding wave of bakery-cafés—Maison Kayser, Runner & Stone, and Bien Cuit among them—there will be twenty seats for customers to linger over a sandwich or salad.
Breads Bakery, 18 E. 16th St., nr. Union Sq. W.; 212-633-2253
*This article originally appeared in the February 4, 2013 issue of New York Magazine.