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What's the best place to buy baklava?

eliciab Aug 10, 2007 11:24 AM


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  1. Cheese Boy RE: eliciab Aug 10, 2007 02:15 PM

    Artopolis ranks pretty high with me, and if you don't like the baklava, there's enough other baked goods there to try something else. Link ---> http://www.artopolis.net/

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      MVNYC RE: Cheese Boy Aug 11, 2007 07:54 AM

      I am Greek and Artopolis has the best Baklava I Have had in my life.

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      brooklynmasala RE: eliciab Aug 10, 2007 03:01 PM

      I like Damascus Bakery on Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn. I especially like their baklava with pistachios.

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        bigjeff RE: brooklynmasala Mar 8, 2010 01:28 PM

        their baklava with pistachios is a dream. beautiful layers, not that sweet. delicious.

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          kazhound RE: brooklynmasala Mar 12, 2010 11:10 PM

          I prefer the baklava at Orient Grocery across the street, especially the cashew kind! sooo yummy!

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            bigjeff RE: kazhound Mar 13, 2010 03:43 AM

            ya I've had that at Orient Grocery; I like those guys too; not sure which is the huge circular one that they cut into diamonds but I bought one of those to a party; killed!

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          tomatoe RE: eliciab Aug 11, 2007 06:55 AM

          There is a bakery next door to the restaurant Opa on 31st street, close to 30th Avenue in Astoria. They make a great baklava that is always fresh and the price is great too.

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            jmat RE: tomatoe Aug 11, 2007 02:07 PM

            The place next to Opa is:

            Yaya's Bakery
            2846 31st St
            Astoria, NY 11102
            (718) 932-3113

            The baklava there is excellent--very sweet and loaded with honey. For those who like a drier (and less sweet) baklava, check out the incredible selection at Laziza:

            2578 Steinway St
            Astoria, NY 11103
            (718) 777-7676

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              iwgy RE: jmat Aug 12, 2007 06:25 PM

              Second Laziza! One of the best I had in the city. Their knafe is by far the best when fresh!

          2. jen kalb RE: eliciab Aug 11, 2007 07:53 AM

            In Brooklyn, surprisingly, on a recent try I liked the house-made pistachio baklava at D'Vine on 7th Ave better than that normally obtained Damascus - it seemed fresher .

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              bigmackdaddy RE: jen kalb Aug 12, 2007 02:52 AM

              I second D'Vine's baklava and their sweets in general.

            2. Striver RE: eliciab Aug 11, 2007 08:14 AM

              Turkish-style baklava at Gulluoglu (Coney Island Ave. between Quentin and P) comes in several varieties and is excellent.

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                eastvillgirl RE: Striver Aug 12, 2007 08:45 PM

                I second Gulluoglu!! In six months in Turkey and four months in Greece I never tasted better baklava, and I was seeking it out. Both their walnut and pistachio rectangular varieties are excellent, and very moist and sweet. I find the "cream" varieties a bit too sweet and wet, but that's just me.

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                  buttertart RE: Striver Mar 12, 2010 05:40 AM

                  Their chestnut baklava is beyond my wildest imaginings good.

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                    bigjeff RE: buttertart Mar 12, 2010 06:59 AM

                    wow. that sounds amazing.

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                      buttertart RE: bigjeff Mar 12, 2010 07:08 AM

                      Truly unbelievable. They have a shop in midtown 982 2nd Ave (52nd St). You owe it to yourself to try it.

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                  jdf RE: eliciab Aug 11, 2007 08:27 AM

                  I think both Damascus on Atlantic and Laziza on Steinway are very good.

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                    KateC. RE: eliciab Aug 12, 2007 10:36 AM

                    Does anybody know the name of the Greek cookies with the sandy texture? They are made from a special type of flour (forget what -- chickpea, maybe?). They are dipped in a mixtue of orange water and honey. And if you do know what these are, do any of these bakeries make a good one? Thanks.

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                      byrd RE: KateC. Aug 12, 2007 02:36 PM

                      Melomakarona or Phoenikia,and they are made using regular flour.

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                        Cheese Boy RE: KateC. Aug 12, 2007 04:10 PM

                        Flour and semolina ... http://greekfood.about.com/od/dessert...

                        Try here for Melomakarouna: http://www.artopolis.net/bakery/greek...

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                          KateC. RE: Cheese Boy Aug 13, 2007 10:40 AM

                          Thanks, guys!

                      2. Poindexter RE: eliciab Aug 13, 2007 02:31 PM

                        Can't say it's "best" b/c I've not sampled all the baklava in 718 but I agree with those below and don't think you'd be disappointed by the offerings at Gulluoglu in Coney Island Avenue.

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                          mandmbklyn RE: eliciab Aug 13, 2007 05:54 PM

                          Thessalikon in Astoria--best I've ever eaten in my life!

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                            natron36 RE: eliciab Jan 27, 2009 05:52 AM

                            online at www.sweettillies.com they do great flavors of the orignial recipe,,

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                              superplume RE: eliciab Jan 28, 2009 01:56 PM

                              Does anyone know where you can get chocolate baklava? I had some in Turkey and it was amazing...

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                                dougnash RE: superplume Mar 11, 2010 03:30 PM

                                Artopolis has the mini chocolate baklava
                                they are delicious

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                                  janie RE: dougnash Mar 11, 2010 04:55 PM

                                  titan's are good, too

                              2. MVNYC RE: eliciab Mar 13, 2010 07:09 AM

                                This is an old thread but I want to comment that Artopolis is still banging out the best baklava there is. It is the only place out there that actually bests my Yia Yia's and that is high praise

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                                  Cheese Boy RE: MVNYC Mar 13, 2010 09:41 AM

                                  Let's also give a shout out to Artopolis for their excellent Melomakarona.

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                                    MVNYC RE: Cheese Boy Mar 13, 2010 11:37 AM

                                    Really everything I have had here is excellent and the best version of it I have had outside of Greece. The circular spanikopita are phenomenal, the koulouria are as well. They also have a number of other baked goods that are either not Greek or just stuff I have never heard of that are good. The kourambiedes are good too, the best store version I have had but they can't top my mothers.

                                    I need to get out to Astoria more often.

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                                      Wet Towel RE: MVNYC Mar 13, 2010 01:55 PM

                                      Najjar, on 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge (between Bay Ridge Ave and Ovington, I believe) has excellent baklava -- pistachio, walnut, you name it. They sell it in bulk under the name Sweet Delights. A bunch of local restaurants, including Tanoreen, buy their desserts from them. Plus, ridiculously cheap.

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                                        Striver RE: MVNYC Oct 28, 2010 05:33 AM

                                        Finally got around to Artopolis last weekend, and couldn't agree more with the other posts. Their pastries and backed goods are terrific (and the store itself is beautfiul). There's a great variety of baklava, and I'd rank it as good as Guluoglu (Turkish style). We brought home a spanakopita and a tyropita ( phyllo cheese pie) - both were outstanding when crisped up in a hot oven.

                                        They also had a large assortment of flavored taralle, which I think of as Italian (and like); we'll try some next time we're out there, which will be a lot sooner than I would have thought!!

                                        23-18 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

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                                          MVNYC RE: Striver Oct 29, 2010 09:22 AM

                                          The taralli are very good there, I got a mixed bunch the last time I was there. I couldn't recommend Artopolis higher. Really a terrific place. The last time I was there the owner heard me ordering with correct Greek pronunciations and we got to talking. I ended up trying pretty much everything in the place. Really nice people there too.

                                          23-18 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

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                                            jen kalb RE: Striver Feb 4, 2011 09:21 AM

                                            does artopollis use butter? so much of the greek baklava ive had in the last few years does not.

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                                              MVNYC RE: jen kalb Feb 4, 2011 10:40 AM

                                              Yes, the owner is from Northern Greece

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                                                erica RE: MVNYC Feb 5, 2011 03:31 AM

                                                Agree that this place is a find. And they are inside the same mini-mall, Agora Plaza, as the source of the best yogurt outside Greece, at Mediterranean Foods. They have a sit down "cafe" area for sampling the drinks and sugary treats. Lovely display; also very good cheese-stuffed savory pastries--I wish I knew the differences between all the ones filled with cheese and spinach.

                                    2. taxigourmet RE: eliciab Feb 4, 2011 09:14 AM

                                      My favorite Turkish baklava in NY is at Gulluoglu (52nd @ 2nd Ave in Manhattan, on Coney Island Ave in BKLYN and now at 31st Ave and 31st St in Astoria.

                                      1985 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11223

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                                        buttertart RE: taxigourmet Feb 4, 2011 09:26 AM

                                        Agreed, especially the chstnut-stuffed ones. Ooh.

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