Mah-Ze-Dahr is addictive, and the owners know it. That’s probably why they offer the Mah-Ze-Dahr black card, a neat little jewel-like tag which, when purchased for $300, allows you one pastry a day for a full calendar year. Most of us West Village moms don’t own a Mah-Ze-Dahr black card. Why, you may ask? It’s not because we don’t want to buy a pastry every day. It’s because, between mom’s coffee, child #1’s cookie, child #2’s scone, a croissant for the friend on a playdate, and the bag of marshmallows you end up buying after the kids beg you for a full five minutes… well, you’re way past buying just one pastry!
With a convenient (or evil?) location steps away from a popular neighborhood elementary school, Mah-Ze-Dahr is crowded every day at 3pm when school lets out. If you’re in the mood for some quiet, relaxing time over a delicious hot cocoa (served with a toasted marshmallow), better avoid Mah-Ze-Dahr between 3pm and 4pm every day.
It’s worth noting that in the late spring and summer, Mah-Ze-Dahr serves homemade soft-serve ice-cream. With only one size available (giant!), you’re in for a treat. The cones are delicious and the toppings include meringue, mini-brownies, and M&M’s. Skip lunch on the day you plan to buy yourself a cone. It really counts as a full meal!
We love the decor. The velvet banquettes and the large marble table in the back feel like home away from home. The pastries have a little special je-ne-sais-quoi that keeps you coming back for more. Not for nothing, Mah-Ze-Dahr means “je ne sais quoi” in Urdu. Tom Colicchio knew what he was doing when he invested in this bakery. It’s a wonderful addition to the downtown sweet scene!
Mah-Ze-Dahr, 28 Greenwich Avenue, 212-498-9810