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fred t. Nov 15, 1999 12:18 PM

while taking an early morning walk, my sweetest and most lovely fiance (she likes to read "chowhound") and i bought a sourdough from orwasher's.
simply put...excellent, excellent bread.
we stopped by a park and ate the bread (by itself) for breakfast. it was just that good.
the crust was just so reminiscent of fresh baked farm breads (my mother's family still farms in europe) i was stunned. my newest goal is to try each of their breads over the next couple of weeks (wardrobe be damned!).
take care.

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    Jim Leff Nov 15, 1999 12:34 PM

    I totally agree, and don't understand why people don't know/talk about that place more

    for those reading along, Orwasher's is at 308 East 78 Street; 288-6569


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    1. re: Jim Leff
      howler Nov 15, 1999 12:51 PM

      well - what is it? i live in the 'hood, and i've been looking for decent bread for ages. what do they specialise in? any recommendations?

      1. re: Jim Leff
        Peter Nov 15, 1999 01:18 PM

        Not only do they have great bread, but the farmer cheese with blueberries......Oh my.

        1. re: Jim Leff
          stephen kaye Nov 15, 1999 04:47 PM

          I agree as well. we lived about 3 blocks away for 10 years, it was/is great

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          Dena Nov 15, 1999 12:42 PM

          You are so right! Orwasher's Jewish Corn Rye is, with no exception, the best I've ever tasted.

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            Liza Nov 15, 1999 12:45 PM

            Hang on! Best rye? Is anyone else in love with Tribakery's real seeded rye? Made with love and caraway seeds...

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            Anne Nov 15, 1999 07:04 PM

            Orwasher's has been around since I was a child growing up in and around what was then this predominantly Hungarian neighborhood. Any of their Eastern European breads are superb, but my personal favorite is the Russian (do they call it that?) black bread--dense, moist, chewy. Don't let them slice it--this one should be cut into slabs, buttered, and eaten with hot scrambled eggs. Orwasher's also was, I believe, the first bakery in NYC to make a raisin pumpernickel (it's made from the slightly sour dough the black bread is), and to my mind, it's the only raisin-pump worth eating--well worth it.

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