I've heard that the Second Ave. Deli has some of the best chocolate babka in the city, but I'm on a babka kick and I'm looking for other great babka. Any thoughts?
re: Josh Mittleman
Well, guess what...that bakery is called Moishe's. I
asked the woman behind the counter if it was related to
the 2nd Avenue Moishe's, and she said it was one and
the same. I also mentioned the Grand Street Moishe's,
which had closed for a while, and she said they're open
So I split a chocolate babka with the other customer in
there at the time, and I must say it's a winner. Of
course their rugelah and hammantashen are also worth
There's a stand at the Union Square Greenmarket on
Wednesdays that sells a couple of kinds of babka,
including chocolate. They're pretty excessive
(enormous, pie-sized things) but also really fresh and
tasty and not expensive.
I've tasted the babka in all the aforementioned places
and would only add one more to the list: Moishe's
Bakery on Second Avenue between 7th and 8th streets
(or 6th and 7th streets--I can't remember exactly).
For me, Second Avenue Deli's babka still rules.
I'm a purist when it comes to babka (I like plain or
plain) but I would check out Royale Bakery on 72nd
between Bway and West End, if you're in the
neighborhood. They excel at this sort of baked good:
Russian Coffee Cake to die for, ditto sticky buns and
a flat (maybe 1" high) sort of coffee cake they used
to do with a caramell-y chopped nut topping. Superb
ruggelah also. Delicate and small, as they should be,
not swollen to the size of a muffin as they are in so
many places. (where the muffins themselves are
swollen to the size of softballs, of course.) Also
miniature danish in apricot, prune and poppy. Good