Real Bread in Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens
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?
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.
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.
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.
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)