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A Great Baked Good...vote here:

NAtiveNewYorker Apr 17, 2007 02:26 PM

So far it's just the little cupcake store on 3rd Street near 6th Avenue, collocated with the weird (sauce on cheesesteak?) cheesesteak place. Very moist. And Make My Cake (great red velvet). Also very moist.

Maybe the almond/honey cookie at Poseidon Bakery on 9th. Maybe the cookie/scone at Levaine. Maybe Little Red Hen's red velvet cupcake. Maybe Sunshine in LES (especially the almond cupcake).

Moishe's hammendtashen (sp?) are just not that great. (Had a bite from all four yesterday). Their black and whites...inedible. Parisi cupcakes are stored in a fridge, which I feel should never be done with cake. Makes the icing too hard and takes away from the cake. Had their rugelah (uncut logs) too. Not very good.

Milk and Cookies has bad bars (too dry), though they do have a few very good cookies. Patisserie Claude's Pain au Chocolat is only OK, IMHO.

Most NY cupcakes are too dry. Crumbs look great, but that's it. Burgers and Cupcakes' are hit or miss (you never know how old they are).

What's earth shattering for you?

(BTW, I love the McD's Hot Apple Pie, so maybe I'm not mainstream. Also love the Hot and Crusty Black and White, which others don't like much.)

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  1. LFeinberg RE: NAtiveNewYorker Apr 17, 2007 04:06 PM

    Baklava at Taksim is to die for!

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      jsmitty RE: LFeinberg Apr 17, 2007 05:00 PM

      Streudel at Cafe Sabarsky/Blau Gans the best!

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        jakew8 RE: LFeinberg Apr 19, 2007 07:35 PM

        I just ate some of that today... I love that Taksim is on Seamless!

        Also let me throw in the chocolate cupcakes at Kyotofu. They're rich, good chocolate flavor, not too sweet, no frosting.

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          kam0424 RE: LFeinberg Jun 26, 2007 06:44 AM

          Where is it located?

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          piccola RE: NAtiveNewYorker Apr 17, 2007 09:12 PM

          At opposite ends of the muffin spectrum (but equally tasty): the super-rich chocolate-cheese muffin at Samad's on B'way/111th and the healthier-than-thou fat-free muffins from Healthy Delites (sold at Garden of Eden).

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            piccola RE: piccola Apr 19, 2007 08:54 PM

            Also at GoE - the pretzel rolls, better than many a streetcart soft pretzel.

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            nokitsch RE: NAtiveNewYorker Apr 18, 2007 07:59 AM

            Tiramisu at Financier is a winner, as well as in a little Italian cafe L'Angolo on Houston/Sullivan.

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              harrison RE: NAtiveNewYorker Apr 18, 2007 08:17 AM

              Most everything from Two Little Red Hens - try the Apple Oatmeal Muffin

              Sticky Buns at Bouchon Bakery

              Cream Cheese Brownies at Kitchenette (or Homemade Bake Shop outpost)

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                roze RE: harrison Apr 18, 2007 08:27 AM

                Almond crossiant from Almondine in Brooklyn
                Pumkin cupcake from Sunshine
                Napoleon from Rocco's

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                  Briek RE: harrison Jun 25, 2007 05:37 PM

                  The red velvet cupcakes from Two Little Red Hens! Absolutely delicious!

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                    akk RE: Briek Sep 19, 2007 02:16 PM

                    I like the two little red hens too -- namely the chocolate crinkle cookie, the whole wheat maple scone and the pecan coffee cake.

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                    sed231 RE: harrison Jun 28, 2007 02:59 PM

                    Also the cranberry scones at Homemade Bake Shop are unbelieveable.

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                    jsgjewels RE: NAtiveNewYorker Apr 18, 2007 09:04 AM

                    At Arte Around the Corner: the whole wheat fruit muffins (sometimes blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, all delicious), the honey loaves, polenta cookies, basically anything i've tried.

                    Speaking of healthy baked goods, does anyone know where Sensible Edibles stuff is sold besides dean and deluca (the little coffee shop near me that used to have them closed last year)?

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                      wmoarsi RE: jsgjewels Jun 25, 2007 10:14 AM

                      hey Sensible Edibles sells there goods throughout the city, but if you are looking for a sepcific region in the city let me know where and i will send you a list of stores near you.

                    2. lilnugget RE: NAtiveNewYorker Apr 18, 2007 09:19 AM

                      my votes:
                      city bakery - chocolate chip cookies
                      billys bakery - butterscotch cookies
                      sugar sweet sunshine - vanilla & pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin trifle
                      little pie co - sour cream apple pie
                      falai bakery - panna cotta

                      i love moishes b&w, but i guess quality varies widely depending on time of day. usually mine are fluffy and moist.

                      1. wleatherette RE: NAtiveNewYorker Apr 18, 2007 09:29 AM

                        i would vote for:
                        -everything i've had from sugar sweet sunshine: pumpkin/vanilla/chocolate cupcakes, pumpkin trife, banana cream pie, and piggy pie. i'd be surprised if they produce any duds.
                        -melted chocolate cookies (really an amazing brownie in disguise), tiger eyes, and coquitos from tisserie
                        -peanut butter cookies/dark chocolate "night" cookies from city bakery
                        -green tea poundcake from panya

                        1. ballulah RE: NAtiveNewYorker Apr 18, 2007 10:03 AM

                          I have only two words: PRETZEL CROISSANT

                          (City Bakery)

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                            NAtiveNewYorker RE: ballulah Apr 18, 2007 11:29 AM

                            Yes. I agree.

                          2. chompchomp RE: NAtiveNewYorker Apr 18, 2007 01:59 PM

                            the french style chocolate maccaroons from Mangia

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                              chocokitty RE: chompchomp Apr 18, 2007 03:17 PM

                              Mangia has macarons?! May I ask how much are they? I'm totally obsessed in finding a great macaron.

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                                chompchomp RE: chocokitty Apr 19, 2007 06:39 AM

                                I think they're around $2 and magically delicious...

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                              maxine RE: NAtiveNewYorker Apr 18, 2007 02:47 PM

                              Brownies and scones at Paradis (4th ave and 12th)
                              Oat Scones at Balthazar (or wherever they are sold)
                              Chocalte cookies at Max Brenner (don't like other things there)
                              I disagree about the City Bakery chocolate chip cookies, I do love many things there, but I find the cookies just too rich.

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                                wleatherette RE: maxine Apr 19, 2007 09:39 AM

                                balthazar's oat scones should have been on my list. they're so delicious. dean and deluca carries them.

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                                  maxine RE: wleatherette Apr 20, 2007 07:00 AM

                                  You can also get them at Oren's Coffee on Waverly, and there cheeper there than D & D. But I am so sad when either place runs out.

                              2. spchang RE: NAtiveNewYorker Apr 18, 2007 03:16 PM

                                Portuguese-style egg tarts at Egg Custard King Cafe.

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                                  roze RE: spchang Apr 19, 2007 12:45 PM

                                  Yum!!! Forgot about those--gotta pick some up this weekend at taste o chinatown!

                                2. seal RE: NAtiveNewYorker Apr 18, 2007 04:26 PM

                                  Chocolate and pignoli tart at Balthazar
                                  FatWitch caramel brownies
                                  Lemon or Key Lime tarts and mini financiers at Financier
                                  Key Lime pie from that guy in Red Hook
                                  Macaroons (raspberry and chocolate) at Payard
                                  Chocolate chip cookie at Chocolate Haven

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                                    beck RE: NAtiveNewYorker Apr 19, 2007 07:09 AM

                                    Pick-A-Bagel: Black and white cookies

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                                      CKOne RE: beck Apr 19, 2007 08:12 AM

                                      My votes would be for the Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie at Little Pie Co. and the Caramel Brownie at Fat Witch.

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                                        stephmen RE: CKOne Apr 19, 2007 09:48 AM

                                        Levain Bakery (upper west) - best cookies EVER - they look like scones, they're so huge. And they are crispy around the edges and perfectly undercooked in the center.

                                        Also, there's a little catering place on W. 55th St. btw. 6th-7th. They make trays and trays of fresh muffins daily (usually about 10 different kinds daily, with a few low fat options that don't taste low fat) and they are gone by mid-morning. They are amazing.

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                                          jsgjewels RE: stephmen Apr 19, 2007 09:57 AM

                                          Any idea what this place is called (the one on W. 55th? I'm always looking for the next best muffin!

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                                            ballulah RE: stephmen Apr 19, 2007 10:05 AM

                                            That wouldn't be Between the Bread, would it?

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                                              stephmen RE: ballulah Apr 19, 2007 11:10 AM

                                              Yep, that's it! I moved out of NYC 3 months ago and already my memory of my favorite places is fading. Perhaps a sign that I should move back sooner than later :) Definitely go try the muffins at Between the Bread. Get there early in the a.m., the good ones go fast!!

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                                                ballulah RE: stephmen Apr 19, 2007 11:28 AM

                                                I used to get breakfasts and lunches catered by them all the time! You're right, they do make a pretty fine muffin. Actually, all the food is REALLY good. I have no idea why Mangia is the corporate caterer of choice, the spreads they provide are horrible. Between the Bread is so much better.

                                      2. jinet12 RE: NAtiveNewYorker Apr 19, 2007 07:17 PM

                                        The cannoli at Rocco's as well as their Black and Whites...and almost everything that they make!

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                                          vinogirl212 RE: jinet12 Apr 19, 2007 08:30 PM

                                          Ditto on the pretzel croissant!!!

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                                          Amy L RE: NAtiveNewYorker Jun 25, 2007 10:33 AM

                                          My vote goes to espresso pignoli cookies from Caffe Roma in Little Italy.

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                                            jdream RE: NAtiveNewYorker Jun 25, 2007 10:37 AM

                                            City Bakery- Chocolate Cookie
                                            Amy's- Red Velvet Cupcake
                                            Westville- Homemade Oreo
                                            The Treat Truck- Chocolate Raspberry Brownie
                                            Milk and Cookie- Magic
                                            Moustache- Baklavah

                                            P.S. Chocolate Raspberry anything is a BIG TIME favorite... if anyone knows of anything delicious with that combination, let me know! :)

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                                              Will4Food RE: jdream Jun 25, 2007 10:55 AM

                                              The LIME Cornmeal cookies at Amy's Bread.....A nice change of pace from the usual cookie suspects...

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                                                NAtiveNewYorker RE: jdream Jun 25, 2007 01:03 PM

                                                Where does the Treat Truck stop?

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                                                  ESNY RE: NAtiveNewYorker Jun 25, 2007 02:21 PM

                                                  It switches location every day. I stumbled upon it last week at 38th and 5th. I think their website is www.treatstruck.com I highly recommend their brownies and brown sugar cookie sandwich. i was disappointed in their peanut butter cookie sandwich... a little too dry.

                                                  My other bakery favorite is pretty much anything from Cafe Zaiya, but especially their cheese domes.

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                                                    piccola RE: ESNY Jun 25, 2007 04:40 PM

                                                    Not exactly a baked good, but have you tried the soba sandwich at Zaiya? I see it every time but can't quite bring myself to buy one.

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                                                      ESNY RE: piccola Jun 25, 2007 05:17 PM

                                                      Sorry... I've been staring at it for three years and can't make myself buy it. I just can't comprehend why anyone would want to eat soba noodles out of a hot dog bun.

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                                                        piccola RE: ESNY Jun 26, 2007 04:40 PM

                                                        Me neither, yet some part of me is strangely fascinated by this sandwich.

                                                        SOMEBODY must buy it, or else they wouldn't make it, right?

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                                                        thesu RE: piccola Sep 18, 2007 02:25 PM

                                                        I tried the soba sandwich.I love carbs, but the two textures didn't go together. I wanted to chew the bun but slurp the noodles.

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                                                          bigjeff RE: piccola Sep 18, 2007 07:47 PM

                                                          you know I think ferdinando's might have an arancini sandwich, but I'm not sure. and ya, their panelle's are made from chickpeas so nix that. I do like the chinese you-tiao in shao-bing, and that's definitely carb-in-carb, and the inside one fried no less!

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                                                  billyeats RE: NAtiveNewYorker Jun 25, 2007 01:13 PM

                                                  Birdbath Bakery: Blueberry Corn Muffin
                                                  Jack's Stir Brew Coffee: Aunt Rose's Chocolate Chip Cookie
                                                  Milk & Cookies: Homemade Oreo

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                                                    NAtiveNewYorker RE: billyeats Jun 25, 2007 01:18 PM

                                                    The Aunt Rose's Chocolate Chip Cookie is GREAT.

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                                                    marlie202 RE: NAtiveNewYorker Jun 25, 2007 04:24 PM

                                                    pumpkin muffins from Sara Beth's;
                                                    Zuppe Inglese cake from Veniero's;
                                                    linzer cookies from Blackhound;

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                                                      MellieMac RE: NAtiveNewYorker Jun 25, 2007 04:30 PM

                                                      Top secret giant cookies for $2 at Petrossian shop! Right by my office. Ginger chocolate chunk my absolute weakness. Thank God I walk to and from the office!

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                                                        xigua RE: MellieMac Jun 26, 2007 09:47 AM

                                                        Never had the cookies but the caneles are so good!

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                                                          italyvespa RE: MellieMac Apr 27, 2009 09:03 AM

                                                          In December of 2007 I came across the ginger chocolate cookies at Petrossian. OH. MY. GOD. Seriously people, I love sweets and this was and is the best cookie I've ever had. Since then it seems that the Petrossian has stopped carrying this cookie due to "lack of demand." I have begged them for the recipe, but they won't give it out. And in the meantime, the memory of the best cookie ever just haunts me. Anyone know how to get this recipe for this? It was a huge, thick (probably at least 3/4 of an inch thick in the middle), chewy and delicious cookie.

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                                                          janejane RE: NAtiveNewYorker Jun 25, 2007 04:45 PM

                                                          I recently became an addict of le noeud at the bouley bakery in tribeca - cardamom spiced croissant-like pastry made with hazlenut flour, I believe. It's doughier than a regular croissant but still very buttery, and the spice is fantastic.

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                                                            ChowDiva RE: NAtiveNewYorker Jun 26, 2007 08:17 AM

                                                            Chocolate Chip Cookie from Jaques Torres
                                                            NY Cheesecake/ Rainbow cookies at Veneiro's
                                                            Cream puff at Beard Pappa
                                                            Sweet n Salty brownie (Luscious Foods- Bklyn)
                                                            I know there's more...I'm just distracted now by my sweet tooth!

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                                                              aeros RE: NAtiveNewYorker Jun 26, 2007 05:18 PM

                                                              Doughnut Plant donuts on Grand Street

                                                              1. vvvindaloo RE: NAtiveNewYorker Jun 26, 2007 07:52 PM

                                                                Cannoli at Pasticceria Villabate in Bensonhurst
                                                                Giant chocolate chip cookie at Grey Dog
                                                                Cinnamon Rugelach from Zabar's
                                                                Rice Pudding from Zabar's
                                                                Chocolate Babka (the one they carry at Gourmet Garage)
                                                                Cupcakes (all flavors) at Amy's Bread on Bleecker
                                                                Apple tart at Sullivan Street Bakery (the one on Sullivan)
                                                                Cheesecake lollipops by David Burke (sold at eponymous cafe in Bloomies)
                                                                Triple Berry Pie at Cafe Lalo
                                                                Pistachio Macarrons at Fouchon

                                                                1. bigjeff RE: NAtiveNewYorker Sep 18, 2007 10:38 PM

                                                                  I only like one cupcake in NY; the mocha one from Cupcake Cafe, or the carrot one. both locations are great (inside Books of Wonder) and also the original on 9th ave and 40th.

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                                                                    CornflakeGirl RE: NAtiveNewYorker Sep 19, 2007 04:42 AM

                                                                    Double Chocolate Cake from Amy's Bread
                                                                    Red Witch Brownie from Fat Witch
                                                                    Coca Cola Cake and Chocolate Cloud Cookie from Baked in Red Hook (and just about everything else in their shop)

                                                                    1. drbelfer RE: NAtiveNewYorker Sep 19, 2007 02:22 PM

                                                                      Zabars makes a great chocolate chip cream cheese strudle

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