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Bopkas and black and white cookies

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Will be visiting New York in the fall. Wanted to try the Seinfeld standbys. Where would the best bopkas and black and white cookies be found in New York?

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  1. I like the chocolate babke that is sold at Zabar's on the Upper West Side. I believe it comes from a celebrated bakery in Brooklyn. And the cinnamon is good too. It does not taste like a "lesser babke."

    1. Glaser's Bake Shop on 1st Avenue btwn 87th and 88th has great black and white cookies, among other desserts... The store has been there over 100 years, so it is quite cool to check out.

      1. Just had the chocolate babka from Gertel's on the LES. Pretty good. I like the one they have at Barney Greengrass also. B&Ws are fairly ubiquitous

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        1. re: guttergourmet

          I retract my previous comment regarding B&Ws. I realize that quality of even B&Ws can be hotly debated. After all, pizza and hamburgers are ubiquitous too but that doesn't stop me from driving 150 miles out of my way for the best. Having said that, I had a great B&W with lemony cookie flavor(an essential attribute) at Moishe's kosher Bakery on 2nd avenue the other day.

        2. i love the black & whites at Leske's on 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge.

          1. Although B&Ws are pretty ubiquitous, they are NOT all created equal. Steer clear of the large tourist traps such as Cafe Europa. The other posters suggestions are good and you might try any little neighborhood bakeries where you see them in the window (especially in the West Village).

            I've had some good ones at Lafayette Bakery on Greenwich Ave. I think City Bakery has them too, but I'm not a fan of that place in general.

            1. Barney Greengrass (86 and amsterdaym) has Babka MUFFINS that are DELICIOUSO~
              Black and whites at Nussbaum and Wu on 113th and broadway are top notch

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              1. re: Tal

                I haven't had the Nussbaum and Wu black-and-whites in a while but I remember them as being slightly non-traditional. You can get an all-black or a black-and-tan (mocha), both of which are nice for those of us who find the white icing just too sweet.

                What was oddest, though, was that they frosted the rounded side, rather than the flat side. The black-and-whites of my Brooklyn childhood were ALWAYS frosted on the flat side.

                1. re: floretbroccoli

                  Really? I don't think I've ever seen that... I've only seen b&w cookies frosted on the rounded side

                  1. re: zGustibus

                    20+ years of eating B&W all over NYC--only the flat side is frosted. I guess I have missed the alternative universe.

              2. Black and Whites at the "Hot and Crusty" in Grand Central are very good. Not too wet and not too dry.

                The B&W at the (otherwise terrific) Italian bakeries are not good at all.

                1. I was surprised to have a great chocolate babka from Zaros at Port Authority. My 88 year old aunt from Coney Island loved it!!!!
                  It was moist, chewy, more bready than cakey (which is my pref).

                  Forgot the price-sorry.

                  1. the chocolate babke at moishe's in the east village is amazing.

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                    1. re: kazhound

                      I like their black and whites, too.

                      1. I swear to you the best B&W I've had is from a bagel place on 7th around 57th or 58th(on the corner). Hubby and I have tried many, many places and these are wonderful. The cookie part is cake-like, just as it should be..the icing is delicious and just the right consistency..they also have all white and all black...I always get some to go to put in the freezer...

                        1. Russ and Daughters sells great chocolate babka from a well-known LES bakery..I forget the name.

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                          1. re: erica

                            I agree. Russ & Daughters chocolate babka is excellent. Mmm...