Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
Jul 5, 2006 10:18 AM


Does anyone know some good places to get great scones? I've tried Amy's Bread and Whole Foods' orange cranberry scone (a while ago). Thank you!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I think that the best traditional scones are available at Sara Beth's - I'm not a big fan of scones with non-traditional ingredients.

    3 Replies
    1. re: MMRuth

      I'm not too knowledgable on scones, but they seem to be either in the form of
      - hard outside/ soft inside, kind of like a pastry
      - more similar to a buttermilk biscuit-style, with some type of raisin mixed in

      The scones at Sarabeth's are of the buttermilk biscuit variety (with blackcurrants, not raisins). They're particularly good with some whipped cream (homemade; just ask for it) and those preserves...

      1. re: MMRuth

        I would 2nd this as a likelihood - though don't remember their scones. The pumpkin waffles are utterly amazing though.

        1. re: Cinnamon

          I'm enamored with their pumpkin waffles.

      2. The original comment has been removed
        1. I like the orange scones that Au Bon Pain makes. Really like them.

          1. Balthazar has great scones both sweet and savory every day.

            1. I havn't been there in ages... but The Read Cafe at 158 Bedford Avenue does a great job with scones. They go all out with the clotted cream and all and it's a very pleasant spot to hang out in. They have a garden out back too.

              1 Reply
              1. re: Ida Red

                Up until a few months ago, I would have enthusiastically seconded your recommendation of Read Cafe; their Traditional Currant Scones were, I thought, the best in town. But their currant source seems to have dried up, so now they're using raisins instead. I wouldn't have thought that it would make that much difference, but it really does. The raisin scones are okay, but nothing approaching the perfection of the currants. So until they find a new currant source, I'm avoiding them. By the way, if you go in there, be careful; the sign on the display case still says Traditional Currant, so ask before you order.