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May 31, 2007 02:49 PM

Wanted: delicious poppy seed (mun) cake in NY

What bakery has the best mun cake in any borough of NY or LI? Bakeries change owners or whatnot, so I'm looking for a new place. I am familiar with the bakery in Kew Gardens on Main St and Rego Park. The quality of Gertels (LES) changed since they distribute it in supermarkets. I found a bakery on Lee ave that sells the old fashioned mun cake with a lot of mun. Any other suggestions?

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  1. I don't know what a mun cake is, but there's a great poppy seed cake at the West Orange Bake Shop in NJ.

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    1. re: DeisCane

      It would be amazing if people didn't respond to this post because nobody knew where to get a decent piece of mun (m-uh-n) cake. BTW, mun cake is same as poppy seed roll cake. I was looking for more local bakeries in the outer boroughs or NYC, though I might try the 2 bakeries in LI mentioned in the other post, Zomick's & Steinberg's. P.S. The bakery I mentioned before on Lee ave. was Sander's.

    2. why don't you try Chiffon's on Coney Island Ave. They make a delicious mun strip with lots of mun. I'm sure you can order something special if you asked the owner.

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      1. re: Luckydog

        MikerL - my family is Hungarian, and I grew up on Mun (aka Makosh). Unfortunately I live out of NY now, but given the dirth of responses, I had to step in. First of all, almost any bakery in either Borough Park or Williamsburg that makes it makes it well. If you ask for Makosh, and they know what you're talking about, you're in good hands.

        There is a fantastic Hungarian bakery in the heart of chasidishe Williamsburg, but I can't remember the name.

        In Manhattan, the only place that comes to mind is Moishe's Bakery on Second Ave. around 10th street.

        1. re: 2ndAvenue

          I agree with 2nd. I've had some great magyar pastries in W'burgh. Just a hint, the "a" in makos is similar to the "o" in box, not the "a" in Adam or airport.

      2. In Brighton Beach the Russian markets carry different brands of poppy cakes, many are kosher.

        1. The Hungarian coffee shop on Amsterdam Ave. and 110th St. in Manhattan - has mun strudel - and mun hamen tashen. Or used to - haven't been there in a while. The strudel is amazing,.

          The Butterflake Bakery in Teaneck has the BEST poppyseed hamen tashen anywhere, ever.

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          1. re: shawdan

            I'd hope that the OP's found mohn cake in the 5.5 years since s/he posted! The Hungarian Pastry Shop sadly isn't kosher certified, FYI. Their stuff looked and smelled amazing when my college TAs used to hold sessions there.

          2. I have to disagree about the Hungarian near Columbia. Their pastry is famously inedible.