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Japanese Bakery

I was wondering if there were any good Japanese bakeries in the city, specifically serving good dorayaki, mochi, or anything authentic. If so, is there a particularly good one? Anywhere is fine.

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  1. There is a Minamoto Kitchen near Rockefeller Center.

    1. Not particularly sure how authentic it is, but Cafe Zaiya on 41st across from NYPL has great-looking foods/desserts. They also have the very popular Beard Papa's cream puffs.

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      1. re: asdf

        Also add the Cafe Zaiya outpost on Cooper Square, just below Astor Place. Zaiya is good for breads and such, but their sweet pastries tend to be just ehh.

        1. re: asdf

          If you're looking for soft mochi, Cafe Zaiya isn't the place, but if you're looking for baked mochi (mochi an doughnuts and yakimochi), you MUST go to Cafe Zaiya. They also do a lot of other baked goods, some of which are excellent and others that are good but not amazing. The sectioned honey toast (comes in bags that sit on the countertop) are fantastic.

          Nosher

          NYCnosh: http://nycnosh.com

        2. also check out jas mart on st. mark's and 2nd avenue and panya on 3rd avenue near st. mark's.

          1. Try Panya on East 9th, just off 3rd Avenue.

            1. Almost forgot high-end bakery Lady M on the Upper East Side. Run by Japanese in the French style.

              Their offerings: http://www.ladymconfections.com/produ...
              Perhaps not helpful, as I don't think they make mochi.

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              1. re: Pupster

                Mon dieu! Check out the "mille crepes" cake:

                http://www.ladymconfections.com/mille...

                Now, are there more fusiony options at the store? Because while the website offerings look disastrously good, they don't look like they have a Japanese ingredient in the bunch. Maybe the "Potiron mousse" which has pumpkin (kabocha?)?