Bakeries in Westchester? Need a great loaf of bread
I am looking for a great bakery in westchester where I can get a fresh loaf of good bread.
The Bread Factory on Division Street in New Rochelle. Same bread without the crowds.
For good, not great, bread -- Neri in PortChester. Not sure of the street, but if you drive down Westchester Ave. towards Price Club and see a big grey building on your right, that's Neri. Good bread, and cheap.
Oh, and J.J. Cassone in PortChester -- I think they sell to the public. Not sure at all what street they are on, though.
Neri's is on Pearl Street, off of Westchester Avenue. If I recall, you can get a baker's dozen of rolls there for $1.
JJ Cassone is Regent Street (also off of Westchester Avenue), across the street from Park Deli. Like their bread a lot, not expensive.
The Bread Factory is good but very different from Kneaded Bread. BF has an old time taste which recalls neighborhood bakeries - but very well done unlike most neighborhood bakeries. It's top notch and I love their buttery chocolate chip loaf which somehow is both light and dense.
Kneaded Bread is a contemporary artisan bakery. In my book, it can't be beat. The chocolate bread is yeasty, crusty and filled with pockets of rich dark chocolate - never too sweet. The chocolate cake (ya think I like chocolate?)is the best I've had, anywhere - truly. The frosting is butter. Butter with deep flavor, but butter. Its outrageous; a truly great frosting. The bread is beautiful too - baguettes to rival any in America.
I almost stopped there today on my way home, now I know I should have.
The Bread Factory is an artisan bakery too and has on site a 25 year old starter proof, if I recall correctly.
I also like that you can pick out your own breads, pick them up with your own papered hand, at The Bread Factory. Can't do that at Kneaded Bread. I will give Kneaded Bread the best almond croissants in Westchester, a little better even than La Rennaissance in Larchmont, and their donuts on Sunday are delicious.
However, I find the crowds and setup offputting, but bronkers, YMMV.
I have just discovered Bellantoni's Bakery on Fulton St, off Rte. 119 in White Plains/Hartsdale. Delicious crusty Italian loaves, ciabatta, round "Arthur Avenue"-type loaves, and - surprise - a scrumptious pecan pie that I picked up on Thanksgiving.
The best part...they're open 24/7.