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Best all-around bakery

Hey 'hounders,
What would you consider as the "best" bakery in Manhattan? I want to expand my horizons on great bakeries in NYC. I'm really stuck in a rut lately that I need (more like want) to find places that are great that I haven't tried yet. I don't really care where it is (but please do state the address or cross streets, please). Also, please tell me what's your top pick for that particular bakery. Thanks in advance.

Tina
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  1. sullivan street bakery (now called grandaisy on sullivan b/w broome/spring)- any of the pizza slices, the sesame bread, raisin walnut rolls amazing... love it

    Patisserie Jean Claude - brioche from heaven, great crossaints

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    1. re: grlygrl

      I second that - sullivan st bakery is second to none!

      1. re: grlygrl

        How is it that the Sullivan St. bakery location, which is not on Sullivan St. kept the name? Kinda weird. Was there a messy split in the company?

        1. re: pagal

          I think I remember reading in another thread here that it had something to do with a divorce.

        1. I think Sullivan St Bakery, and also Bouley Bakery and Market (130 W. Broadway). They just happen to be located near to where I live, so to me they are the best around the neighborhood

          But if you are looking for places that you haven't tried, it would help if you list out places that you have tried so we won't repeat

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          1. re: kobetobiko

            I've been to: Silver Moon Bakery, Bouley Bakery, Bouchon Bakery, Blackhound, Amy's Bread, Patisserie Claude (only for the croissants, so far), Sullivan Street Bakery, and Grand Daisy Bakery.

          2. I haven't tried that many bakeries, so I can't say it's the best, but Amy's Bread is pretty darn good. On 9th Ave in the high 40s/low 50s.

            1. E.A.T. on Madison and 80th for a good selection of all Eli Zabar breads, but you can find them in all his other stores. I have never tried anything he bakes that wasn't absolutely perfect. I used to stop in for breakfast almost everyday and would rotate ordering some kind of roll with butter (they're all good, the sourdough is GREAT) or a croissant with their completely heavenly raspberry jam. My mouth just started to water uncontrollably thinking about that croissant!

              Also his onion sourdough ficelle is the gold standard of that particular kind of bread, in my opinion.