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Best Rugelach in NYC/ Tri State Area...Oy! I give up!

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RawTunaFan Apr 19, 2007 06:33 AM

Hi fellow chowhounds!

I am desperate. After spending the past few months in Santa Barbara, we discovered the most amazing little bakehop that sold the most fantastic morsels of rugelach. I grew up on the stuff, and it was such a suprise to find rugelach BETTER in places like California...rather than in New York. Maybe because they don't attempt to make a parve version with non-dairy cream cheese and margarine, and perhaps there isnt such a huge market for dairy ruggies. I simply don't know.

What I do know is that we have tried everything from Dean and Delucca's variety to Steve's Mom to Just Rugelach at the Farmer's market. We've tried Greens (yuck) Ericas (even more yuck) and Chewies (you call THAT rugelach!) From supermarkets to gourmet stores to tiny bakeshops. We almost had an OK rugelach at Crumbs the other day, but nothing to write home about.

I heard there was a place in Harlem that cranked out fantastic rugelach...perhaps someone on this board can lead me there....or anywhere else I pick up a wonderful pound of ruggies!

Thanks!

  1. Striver Apr 20, 2007 05:31 AM

    We like the cinnamon and chocolate rugelach at Zabar's - not the packaged stuff, but the ones they sell at the bread counter.

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      RawTunaFan Apr 20, 2007 08:25 PM

      Thanks I will have to try that. Is it in the strudel section? I've bought the pre-packaged stuff before, never a fan of that!

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        Striver Apr 21, 2007 03:59 AM

        It's right where they sell bread, bagels, etc. The rugelach are in a display case on the counter; they're very good (I never buy the pre-packaged, either).

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        addictedtolunch Oct 19, 2007 02:04 AM

        Finally had these- and they're great.

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        frankbooth Apr 23, 2007 12:19 AM

        Russ and Daughters has EXCELLENT rugelach. i mean excellent and addictive. hard to stop once you get started. oh yeah, and their smoked fish is some of the best in town. enjoy frankbooth

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          Val55 Apr 23, 2007 06:16 AM

          Andres Hungarian Bakery on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills, Queens, between 67 Ave and 67 Rd has great rugelach. That have a cafe on the upper east side 2nd (?) Ave in the 80s that I would imagine carries it as well.

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            bigjeff May 18, 2007 07:36 AM

            huge second on andre's, I live in rego park so as far as I know, the rugelach must be the freshest over here since they actually do all the baking here; unless they do their baking on premises in the UES, which I'm not sure of. regardless, the best rugelach ever, and they even have a sugar-free version, which I've never had, but looks decent. I've eaten a lot of rugelach in my lifetime, and this stuff is the best.

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            littleguy Apr 23, 2007 04:28 PM

            I like Bruce's in Great Neck. They have a bunch of delicious Jewish pastries.

            1. ericalloyd Apr 24, 2007 09:56 AM

              since you are casting the net in your search for woundeful rugelach over the tristate area i'll chime in with cohen's bakery in ellenville ny. you will not be disappointed.

              89 center st
              845 647-6374

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                dude Apr 24, 2007 10:21 AM

                The best (dairy) I've ever had are at Mario's Bakery on Merrick Road in Oceanside. Italian bakery, of course!

              2. NiKoLe1625 Apr 26, 2007 05:53 AM

                If you are willing to travel to NJ, Nana's Deli in Livingston has fantastic rugelach! They make them fresh there (so no packaged stuff!)

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                  Striver May 18, 2007 10:33 AM

                  I live in NYC but work near Livingston, so I dropped by Nana's today to try the rugelach. They're good but softer and sweeter than I like - there's no crunch to speak of; I continue to prefer the texture and flavor of Zabar's (and to repeat, not the packaged ones they sell - the loose ones at the counter).

                  Meanwhile, as look as we're going tr-state, Lulu's in Scarsdale (an outstanding cake & pastry bakery) has excellent rugelach - smaller and more "delicate" than Zabar's, but very tasty.

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                    Striver May 18, 2007 05:05 PM

                    I just had another of the Nana's rugelach, and in all honesty, have to revise my opinion downwards. They seem to have been cut from a sheet rather than individually formed and baked, which is how my late mother (a master baker) made them and how Zabar's seem to be made (and Lulu's definitely are). The overall softness is really not rugelach by my definition. They're not bad, but I wouldn't go out of my way for one.

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                      RawTunaFan May 29, 2007 07:19 AM

                      I like the rugelach at Lulu's -- it may be a little too "overstuffed" with raisins, nuts, fruits etc nevertheless they are delicious...problem is, like most of their stuff, whenever I go there, they are sold out of everything and the shelves are empty. I can't tell you how many Saturdays I have peeked my head in there only to find they are sold out of cupcakes, or devil dogs or this amazing "organic ring ding" they make. I was lucky enough to buy the last lonely one about a month ago and haven't seen one since!

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                        RawTunaFan Jul 30, 2007 07:50 PM

                        I should have read your post before schlepping for some of Nana's rugelach...but since you mentioned Lulu's -- I have to ask you...have you tried their ruggies recently? I would swear they taste different (better in fact) but when I asked one of the bakers they told me its the same recipe. They just taste more buttery and flakey. I could be going out of my mind, and even my wife swears they are more tender and flakey...but if you happen to be in the area I would appreciate your feedback on this one. I know I'm not going completely out of my mind!

                        On another note...do you know of any great places to get strudel in Westchester? Maybe I will start at post.

                        Ciao!

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                          Striver Jul 31, 2007 09:25 AM

                          No problem. We go to Lulu's far more often than we should (and yes, the unpredictable availability of our favorites can be annoying, but whatever we buy there is usually so good that we don't care!); I'll try some rugelach - if available - next time.

                          We're not big strudel fans, so I'm afraid I can't help with that one.

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                    Tay Apr 28, 2007 12:47 AM

                    My friend's Grandma is my "Dealer", and nothing beats a Grandma's cookies, but I have heard pretty good things about this place:
                    "Margaret Palca makes sensational rugelach at her bakery on the outskirts of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. These little buttery rolls full of cinnamon, raisins, and nuts have just the right crunch-to-tenderness ratio. One-pound tin of rugelach, $15, plus shipping"
                    | 718-802-9771
                    If you come up with some hidden gem of a bakery, would you kindly share it?
                    Happy hunting!

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                      olia May 6, 2007 05:49 PM

                      Have anyone tried Moishe's in EastVillage -- I love their hamataschen cookies, but have never had their rugelach although it looks pretty good (good ratio of filling to dough)

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                        addictedtolunch Aug 12, 2007 05:12 AM

                        Second to Moishe's hamentash- best I've had. Other stuff OK but not "best of".

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                          Pan Mar 25, 2009 12:02 AM

                          Their rugelach are very good, in my experience.

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                          ekdd May 24, 2007 01:17 AM

                          lee lees bakery on 118th in harlem

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                            Spoony Bard Feb 26, 2008 12:46 PM

                            For the record, Lee Lee's "Rugelach by a Brother," are hands-down the best rugelach that I've ever had (on either coast). Even my mother and her friends agreed. Search the Manhattan board for more posts. These are well worth the trip for the chocolate but especially the cinnamon (with nuts and raisins). Go early for the best selection. 118th just east of 8th Ave. (Fredrick Douglass).

                          2. Ora Jun 27, 2007 07:40 PM

                            William Greenberg on 82nd & Madison -- flaky yet moist. Interesting filings like apple.

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                              mlt9 Aug 15, 2007 06:39 PM

                              i second zabar's! my family loves the chocolate & cinammon. only problem is i tend to start eating it while in the store and then have to go get more ;)

                            2. amymsmom Aug 15, 2007 06:54 PM

                              Sorry, left this out. In the last few years I've tried the kosher bakery on Atlantic Ave. in Oceanside (forgot the name) and much more recently, Bagel Plaza in Merrick. Bagel Plaza's rugelach were okay in a pinch, but I got spoiled after eating them fresh from my oven.

                              1. kcijones001 Oct 18, 2007 10:16 AM

                                Ruthy's Bakery in Chelsea Market. Fantastical

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                                  Judyluvs Oct 18, 2007 06:49 PM

                                  Brooklyn: Ostrovitsky Bakery on Ave J makes great chocolate rugelach

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                                    Tay Oct 19, 2007 04:19 AM

                                    judyluvs
                                    Has this Bakery been there for a long time? Do you happen to know the cross street ?
                                    Thanks!

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                                      Judyluvs Oct 23, 2007 02:25 PM

                                      The cross street is East 12th Street. This is a Kosher bakery; they used to be in another storefront further down but changed to the current location within the last three years.

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                                        Sammy Diaz Oct 29, 2007 03:54 PM

                                        Love the rugelach at the Farmer's markets, I think they are called "just Rugelach" Are they still around?

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                                          JSHAFT78 Oct 30, 2007 10:35 AM

                                          Just Rugelach is still at the Farmer's markets, but if you ever happen to be in NJ, they have a store in Kearny as well. An earlier post mentioned Ostrovitsky's Bakery in Brooklyn and I wholeheartedly second that nomination. Great rugelach and incredible challah if anyone was interested in that

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                                            Howard_b2 Oct 31, 2007 11:14 AM

                                            I also recommend Ostovitsky's , they are quite good. Another good bakery for regelach is Lord's bakery (also in Brooklyn) off of Flatbush avenue by the junction.

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                                              ajs42548 Dec 16, 2007 10:34 AM

                                              Wow, Lord's bakery. I'm happy to hear that they are still there. Haven't been there in 35 years or more. Is their rye bread still the best? My brother used to live on LI and if he was anywhere in Brooklyn, he would make his way to Lord's just to get a loaf.

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                                                Pan Mar 25, 2009 12:00 AM

                                                Lord's, seriously? I work at Brooklyn College and frequently go there for their raspberry pastries, which when they're fresh (i.e., most of the time) are very good, but I never thought of the place as an outstanding bakery, generally - merely a good neighborhood bakery. I'll try their rugelach soon.

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                                            Tay Nov 17, 2007 07:58 AM

                                            Thanks!

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                                        linsue Nov 17, 2007 07:55 AM

                                        I like La Boulange in East Norwich (Long Island) they also have a shop in Port Jefferson. They have cinammon raisin, chocolate and rasberry. Very buttery very good. I have also purchased things at Andre's when I am in Forest Hills (I go to knish knosh occasionally) never bought their rugelach but they haev a great round cinammon raisin babka.(lots of raisins, cinamon and no nuts)

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                                          Raisel Jan 15, 2008 11:22 AM

                                          Carousel bakery in Nanuet Ny. It is the BEST from chocolate to raspberry. I believe Zabar's carries Carousel products.

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                                            chefjellynow Feb 20, 2008 01:59 PM

                                            best i have ever had, seriously..
                                            cascon bakery 7th and 149th in queens
                                            go on monday or wednesday for it out of the oven

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                                              hellosabby Mar 19, 2008 07:31 AM

                                              I second Carousel bakery for ANYTHING..their red velvet cake is to die for.

                                              Also outside of NYC, I like Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken,NJ...their rugelach is always delicious.

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                                                tastelikechicken Mar 19, 2008 03:05 PM

                                                Someone above mentioned a Kosher bakery on Atlantic in Oceanside. Only one that comes to my mind is Steinberg's in the shopping center corner of Atlantic and Long Beach Road. Good stuff, always busy,so the goods are always fresh. Rugelach is good, maybe not the best, but worth wasting the calories on.
                                                Alot of people have mentioned Andre's as having the best Rugelach and it just maybe true. But no one mentioned what Andre's is supposed to be famous for and that's their Strudel. Warning: IT AIN"T CHEAP!!! But then again you get what you pay for and this is worth the price.

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                                                  ajs42548 Mar 20, 2008 03:19 PM

                                                  Yes, Steinberg's is probably the Kosher bakery referred to. At holiday time, the lines are out the door. My sister-in-law is there often.

                                            2. shabbystorm Mar 10, 2009 12:39 PM

                                              Cait and Abbey Bakery 518 Millburn Ave Short Hills NJ has amazing chocolate and cinnamon/nuts Rugelach but from reading the post you seem like a Rugelach expert, I am not, but think it tasted great.

                                              1. shabbystorm Mar 26, 2009 02:52 PM

                                                Had Chocolate Rugelach from The Gingerbread House 1094 Lakewood Ave Lakewood NJ today. This was amazing! It had chocolate drizzled on top - a perfect bite.

                                                They get their bake goods from Schick's Bakery in Brooklyn.

                                                http://www.schicksbakery.com/default.php

                                                Worth a try.

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                                                  s_rk Aug 6, 2009 12:50 PM

                                                  My grandparents used to buy the best chocolate rugelach from a bakery in/around Flatbush. They were definitely a pastry dough, with chocolate drizzled and hardened on top, with some powdered sugar. I have no idea what the bakery's name was, or if it's even still around. Any places in New York that make this kind of rugelach? They were deliciously flaky and crunchy - not soft and chewy like so many rugelach around now . . .

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                                                    Judyluvs Aug 6, 2009 10:24 PM

                                                    I've had rugelach like that from Korn's Bakery (Kosher) in Brooklyn. There are apparently several locations in the Midwood/Borough Park area of Brooklyn. The chocolate filling is best, but there are also rugelach made in cinnamon and maybe a raspberry flavor which I only bought once. Nice cakes and breads too.

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                                                      Tay Aug 9, 2009 06:53 AM

                                                      " Any places in New York that make this kind of rugelach? They were deliciously flaky and crunchy - not soft and chewy like so many rugelach around now "
                                                      The Not Just Rugelach cookiesat the Greenmarkets are pretty flaky . They have choco, apricot, walnut and, I think, raspberry.. . .

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                                                        Cheese Boy Aug 11, 2009 10:00 PM

                                                        Not Just Rugelach filled the void Bread Alone left behind when they abandoned us up here on Tuesdays by Jacobi. I'm looking forward to sampling most of what they've got to offer, and so far the few things I've had have been good.

                                                        Not Just Rugelach --> http://notjustrugelach.com/

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                                                          Tay Aug 13, 2009 06:09 AM

                                                          Cheese Boy
                                                          "I'm looking forward to sampling most of what they've got to offer, and so far the few things I've had have been good"

                                                          Thanks for posting the link.
                                                          Over the seasons I've tried a number of different items. and I have always been a big fan. I noticed a big change last year. The husband & wife team/owners used to produce much better quality baked goods.. I think they must have eiither sold or have lowered their standards somewhat. The rugelach are still good, albeit too greasy, but items like knishes, corn bread, pies are now disappointing. :-)

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                                                            Cheese Boy Aug 13, 2009 10:08 PM

                                                            Don't business owners realize that a sacrifice in quality will always come back and bite them in the behind? I'm always very selective with what I buy that's prebaked. I'll try the rugelach next. : )

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                                                      MeechGunn Mar 8, 2014 09:52 AM

                                                      Lords Bakery at the Nostrand & Flatbush Avenue Junction

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