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Real Bread in Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens

piglette Sep 15, 2006 01:16 PM

I recently moved to Cobble Hill and I'm having a difficult time finding quality bread. There are lots of Italian bakeries nearby, but I'm pining for hearty, crusty loaves; artisanal bread; country/peasant sourdough boules....

Is there a bakery in Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens/Boerum Hill/Brooklyn Heights that might satisfy my craving?


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    Pupster RE: piglette Sep 15, 2006 02:08 PM

    Both Caputo's and Mazzola are my go-to for good Italian loaves. Caputo has fantastic olive bread and my favorite ciabatta loaf. Mazzola's lard bread and cheese bread (this is like crack!) are fantastic.

    I occasionally get bread at Fairway as well. They have a good 8 grain pullman loaf I use for sandwiches. They also carry loaves from Sullivan St and Balthazar. That said, I like supporting my local bakeries and since they are so good, there's really no reason not to.

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      dianasiri RE: piglette Sep 15, 2006 02:54 PM

      Piglette - unfortunately you've moved to a bread-challegned hood. The Italian bakeries, good as they are for some things, just don't do it for me when it comes to a good crusty loaf of bread -- Mazzola's country loaf simply lacks density and the crust leaves so much to be desired. Taza, a lovely coffee shop on Henry just past Atlantic, like Fairway, carries Balthazar, Sullivan St., and Amy's, among others, and Sahadi's generally has a few good loaves. The farmer's market at Court Square on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays also has a few good options -- unfortunately, I can't offer any names - I always go by sight.

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        Pupster RE: dianasiri Sep 16, 2006 12:22 AM

        The Sahadi loaves near the register are La Brea Bakery par-baked breads, a well-known L.A. bakery run by Nancy Silverton. They are distributed nationally par-baked and finished off at the stores.

      2. jen kalb RE: piglette Sep 15, 2006 02:58 PM

        Erica Marcus reported a couple years back that there is SOMEBODY on Court Street who sells Royal Crown Bread - their Paneantico is not sour, but its definitely crusty, characterful country bread.

        Here is the link to her earlier post - dont know - did this happen?


        If Bread Alone sells at the Brooklyn City Hall Farmers Market, as they do at GAP, they definitely have artisanal french-style country boules.

        You might want to check Marquet (I havent been in for bread for several years) or if convenient Garden of Eden on Montague which carries bread from a number of city bakeries.

        finally, Mazzola does offer some "country style" loaves - the round shapes - tho they may not satisfy a desire for chewy and sour.

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          thompsrr RE: piglette Sep 15, 2006 03:16 PM

          Try Provence en Boite on Smith Street - they have a decent Polaine-style miche. (Dark, dense, cake-like whole-wheat bread with a carmelized crust)

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            eeee RE: piglette Sep 15, 2006 04:21 PM

            Stinky offers a small selection of hearty breads. At Mazzola, I too was underwhelmed by the country loaf, though I did like their whole wheat (more presence). Otherwise agree that Fairway is the best bet.

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              jenben RE: eeee Sep 15, 2006 11:40 PM

              I'm a big fan of Stinky Bklyn for both their cheeses and other offerings. But, just fyi, their bread comes from well-known local bakeries. Brooklyn's Mazzola definitely. I think I've seen Sullivan Street bread there as well. Possibly others.

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              Nehna RE: piglette Sep 15, 2006 04:32 PM

              I second Stinky. Especially the garlic bread (baguette shaped and insanely good if you love garlic like I do).

              Marquet Patisserie on Court St. has some good breads.

              Otherwise, Garden of Eden isnt very far away in Brooklyn Heights.

              1. bothrops_asper RE: piglette Sep 16, 2006 02:35 AM

                Sahadi's and Caputo's (the deli, not the bakery) have par-baked bread -- generally anemic but tastes ok, not my thing though. Tazza has a small collection of decent loaves from quality city bakeries. Marquet has serviceable baguettes ($1 each). The best french bread in this area is from Almondine (in DUMBO) hands down. The fairway bakery is decent, and the only place around (this area) to get a rye bread. Tuller used to have nice bread as well, and maybe it's new iteration will carry on. Garden of Eden just reorganized it's breads, and seems to have less than before, but i didn't look closely. for flat breads, Damascus bakery on Atlantic is the best. Their triangular pitas shame what's served/sold elsewhere by its' neighbors. I will check out stinky.

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                  Fleur RE: piglette Sep 16, 2006 06:01 AM

                  Great authentic french baguettes can be found at ALMONDINE, the pastry of chocolate wizard Jacques Torres.

                  The crusty loaves from CAPUTO on Court Street are outstanding. Excellent Brioche Loaf, Proscuitto Bread and rolls are worth the trip.

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                    dylafleur RE: Fleur Sep 16, 2006 07:07 AM

                    as a girl always on the hunt for the most authentic baguette in NY I am in love with almondine.

                    only been to caputo's once but wasn't as impressed as I hoped to be. should go back to give it a second chance. what should I get?

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                      Fleur RE: dylafleur Sep 17, 2006 06:07 AM

                      I always get their crusty large bread and their golden raisin with fennel. These are the breads served at HENRY'S END. They have a Pullman White which you have to special order, and a brioche loaf that is excellent.

                      I would pass on their sweets and walk a few blocks up to COURT STREET PASTRY for their outstanding Almond Biscotti, Grain Pie, Sfogliatelle, Baba au Rhum, and Cannoli. Far better than the much touted FERRARTA in Little Italy.

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                        dylafleur RE: Fleur Sep 23, 2006 03:31 PM

                        thanks for the tip - will ck out.

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                    jimmyjazz RE: piglette Sep 16, 2006 01:47 PM

                    Mazzola has excellent, crusty raisin walnut loaves. their tuscan and whole wheat baguettes are nice and crusty too. I'm pretty sure Stinky gets at least some of their bread from them.

                    1. missmasala RE: piglette Sep 17, 2006 05:13 AM

                      Try the french country at caputo's. decent.

                      also, the royal crown bread is at brooklyn bagels, court between 1st and 2nd. But it doesn't come fully baked from the bensonhurst bakery, it's par-baked and then finished at the bagel shop. still, it's not bad. not as good as real royal crown, but not bad.

                      also, staubitz sells some amy's bread and some others. The other place to look is the park organic on court between union and pres. They have these eastern european breads that aren't bad and have very simple ingredients. One of them is a country style sourdough.

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