Signage is up for Janie’s “Life Changing Baked Goods” at 212 West 80th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. This was previously home to Grill 212, which closed last summer.
Owner Janie Cureau Deegan tells us she’s hoping the new spot will be open by July.
Janie’s is “Home of the Pie Crust Cookie,” which come in a variety of flavors including pecan, chocolate, apple and triple berry. These are currently available in boxes you can order online or find at the Whole Foods on East Houston Street.
These pie-cookie hybrids were featured in a 2019 Gothamist list of “The 20 Best Cookie Spots in NYC,” even though there was no physical “spot” at that time. The author praised the product as “an ingenious creation with flaky pie crust as the base, sweet, gooey filling in the middle, and buttery, crumbly strudel on top.”
She goes on to write that while working as a super in the East Village, she began to bake – as it had always “brought her joy as a child.” She bought a mixer, starting baking for friends, and eventually started fielding requests.
Janie now gives back by helping women “through mentorship and second chance employment,” her website states, while also teaching baking classes to underprivileged kids and donating cookies to local community centers and homeless shelters.