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!).
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.