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Sep 20, 2006 02:35 PM

Lulu's Patisserie in Scarsdale?

Can folks tell me about Lulu's? I have heard they make some of the best cakes in Westchester. Which ones are best? What about their rugaleh, croissants, and cookies?

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  1. All of the cakes we've tried at Lulu's (usually by the slice) have been very good. The two best in our opinon - and these are truly extraordinary - are their German Chocolate cake and a dark chocolate extravanganza they call the "After Midnight" (I'm also partial to coconut, and they do a fine coconut cake as well).

    Their rugelach, while not the very best I've had - are fine, and they occasionally have home-made "devil dogs" that are the apotheosis of the Drake's standard.

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    1. re: Striver

      You can't really compare the two, although I find La Renaisssance to be, at best, a mediocre French bakery. Maybe I'm spoiled having lived in Paris and experienced Pierre Herme, Fauchon, Gerard, etc... I was disappointed to find that they freeze most of their stuff at Rennaisance and you can tell that they don't use really good chocolate . I do enjoy their croissants, however. Lulu's, on the other hand, seems to be more American hodge=podge of stuff, and in my opinion of great quality. A lot of their stuff is a little sweet to my taste, but different strokes for different folks. I find the devil dogs to be too sweet (maybe I dont like buttercream) but my wife insists they are the best. I think they also make the best chocolate poundcake -- simple but you can tell they must use real butter and high quality chocolate. Something you dont find that often these days.
      We ordered our favorite banana cream pie from City Limits, so can't wait to try that. They also make a fantastic key lime pie. Not sure why their chocolate chip cookies lost the Westchester Maqazine blind taste test...

      As far as Riviera, I would rather buy a cake from Pathmark than walk into that bake shop. As a certified sweet junkie, their stuff, in my opinion, is pure junk! I do love the bread they bring in from Sullivan Street Bakery and Balthaazar!!!

    2. I read about this place & went immediately. I think everything was highly overrated -- ckaes, cupcakes & cookies were all fine but nothing special. If you are in the area I would recommend La Renaissance over Lulus any day

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      1. re: lollypop

        We used to be big fans of Renaissance, and think that their signature dacquoise is still worth a detour, but have been disappointed in their other offerings of late. We find Lulu's to be tastier and fresher for the most part (and of course comparing an American-style bakery like Lulu's to a classic French-style bakery like La Renaissance is really comparing apples and oranges).

      2. Have you tried Riviera Bakeshop in Ardsley? That's my favorite. Delicious AND gorgeous cakes.

        1. Rivera in Ardsley is the best in the area, in my opinion. They actually make beautiful cakes that taste good. The Lulu's cakes that I have tried have seemed, by comparison, very bakery-ish, if you know what I mean. Rivera's cakes always have a home baked taste to them.

          1. We have bought several cakes at lulu's after being disappointed with the ones are Riveria in Ardsley. While Riveria's cakes are beautiful, the cake itself was very dry. Lulu's cakes are fantastic. Even the free biscottie they threw in were the best i've ever had. Highly recommend it.

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            1. re: giralda

              I heard in a post here before that they make a fantastic biscotti. Went in there the other day and they told me they do not make biscotti. Then they said they only make it when they feel like making it. Not sure if the people that run this place are crazy or are too busy to be bothered. Maybe one day they will have it