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Need a good Jewish/NY style Bakery in DC area

Doesn't have to be kosher. Just something reminiscent of New York bakeries.

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  1. Good luck.

    As someone once said, you really shouldn't look for one place's specialties in other places. You need to take everyplace for what it is, not try to make it something it isn't. There is no such animal in Washington, just as there is no really great crab house in NY (there is good bread to be had, but that is another thing).

    There is also no great NY pizza here, nor a really good cheesesteak, and on and on.

    But we do have good Salvadorian places, Ethiopian places, half smokes from carts, soul food, and crabs occasionally.

    1. not necessarily true ...

      When I moved to the Maryland suburbs of Washington from NYC many years ago I searched for good NYC style jewish bakeries. There were several of them - Posin's, Bernstein's, Katz's, etc. - alas ALL are gone now. The bakers in each one got old, they retired, no one picked up the trade. The same thing is happening in NYC. My favorite there was a Hungarian bakery in Manhattan called Rigo. Alas the owner retired and the bakery closed not to be replaced.

      1. Try Chutzpah Deli, in Fairfax or the new location in Tyson's Corner. It's the best you'll do around here.

        1. Perhaps there is one somewhere in the Baltimore area. Years ago there was a good jewish bakery downtown called Stone's on Lombard Street - long gone.

          1. Good Luck and reply back if you find one. They wouldn't know what a kaiser roll was if you smacked them upside the head with one. :) I have yet to find a real kaiser/hard roll in this region and I've been transplanted here for quite some time. :(

            1. What about the place on Wisconsin Ave up in Tenleytown? The name is excaping me but I've had some great chicken matzoh ball soup there, plus they have a wide assortment of pastries.

              If I remember correctly, they even give you pickles as an appetizer like the places in NY.

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              1. re: Grits

                I remember! It's Krupins. You should check it out.

                1. re: Grits

                  I think it's called K's New York Deli now, not sure if Krupin is still involved.

              2. Wegman's? It's not the classic NY bakery, but they bring in a lot of stuff, so whatever it is you're looking for, they might well have it.

                1. I dunno... I've been to that place, and I'm trying to be nice when I say, "I thought it mostly sucked."

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                  1. re: EricDC

                    Which place? Wegman's or Morty's? Why did it suck? Inquiring minds want to know! :)

                  2. what about Parkway Deli in Silver Spring? I certainly hope they're still around. and Wagshal's (sp?) on Mass Ave just below Western Ave? these are my two faves from long ago....

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                    1. re: Jamie D

                      Parkway is still around, and it's fine (I'd put it a touch ahead of Chutzpah), but it's not in the same league as a typical Manhattan deli. They do a good job on the fish platters, and decent deli meats, but I haven't explored the menu beyond that at all.

                      I've also liked Celebrity Delly in Potomac, though I had a truly rotten meal there a couple of weeks ago. They seem to have recently changed ownership, so I'll wait a few weeks and try again.

                      I haven't been to Morty's (Krupin's, K's Deli) in years, but at it's peak, was probably closest to the NY Deli experience as I've had in the area.

                      BJ Pumpernickel's in Olney is quite nice as well. Nothing stands out, but it's all pretty decent, and they do good pickles.

                      Deli City on Bladensburg Rd. NE reputedly has the best corned beef and pastrami in the area, but it's only open weekday lunch, and it's not really a NY Deli, just has good meats. The bread, however, is reported to be packaged.

                      Brooklyn's near Shady Grove Hospital had good, if not great corned beef, but the best rye bread I've had in many many years.

                      1. re: DanielK

                        The menu is not worth exploring at Parkway.

                    2. I went to K's soon after it changed from Krupins and I thought it was pretty good - pastrami sandwich and sour pickles that would pass the laugh test in NY. Deli City's corned beef sandwich is very good, but the pastrami doesn't make it -- it's also a very funky unique joint. I've also been to Attmans in Balt. and they wouldn't pass the NY laugh test.

                      1. Foodie Grrl,

                        I'm referring to the place in DC on Wisconsin Ave by the Tenley town metro. The matzo ball soup was cold and the matzo ball was, as my dad would have called it, a cannon ball. I'd call the corned beef unimpressive (though not totally outright bad) and the pickles - the pickles! - were either a- flavorless, or b- soggy, take your pick.

                        All in all, I would have been better off getting a slice of pizza and holding red horseradish under my nose...

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                        1. re: EricDC

                          Oh, how awful! Thanks for the details. I'll definitely avoid it.

                        2. I wish there was something to that effect around here, but alas- as all others have mentioned nothing around here is even up to acceptable standards. The best NY style deli strangely enough isn't even in NY- it's in Indianapolis- Shapiro's.

                          1. Correction of other posts:
                            Katz's Kosher (supermarket, with small deli and bakery) still open in Rockville on Bolling Brook, and there are several other kosher places nearby.
                            Pumpernickel's in Olney is not very good.