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How Café Patoro Was Born


Having spent her childhood in Brazil, founder Ahla fondly remembers starting her days with a warm and cheesy pão de queijo. Years later, after moving to the big Apple for college, she always yearned for her favorite food – the delicious and scrumptious cheese breads. But it was nowhere to be found...  Thus an opportunity presented itself, and Café Patoro was born.


Café Patoro began at the Hester Street Fair, under a small tent operating only on the weekends during the summer months.  From there, it grew to be featured at several other local pop-ups. After receiving overwhelming feedback, it was time for Café Patoro to look for a place to call home.  In January 2016, Café Patoro opened the doors to its permanent location in South Street Seaport.


Café Patoro is the passion project of husband and wife team, Geno and Ahla.  While both come from different backgrounds, they have only one goal in mind: to make the most delicious pão de queijo and share it with the rest of the world.