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Nov 7, 2007 12:35 PM

Where to go in NYC for parchment cake circles....

I'm addicted to parchment paper from King Arthur Flour which I buy by the tube in half sheets. When I'm baking a cake I know that I could cut circles out of the half sheets but I prefer the pre-cut parchment circles and I HAD them in a variety of sizes. We are going to be in NYC around Thanksgiving and I was wondering where I might go and explore to find this product. In the past I've just stumbled across them during various trips I've taken but I would sort of like to have a couple of places to head towards in NYC. We are staying in midtown but are willing to travel since we both love to putter around kitchen/cooking supply stores.

Thanks for any suggestions....

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  1. Zabar's (, on the upper west side, not on the web, but probably in the store. The first floor there is all food, the household goods are upstairs.

    Sur La Table - (, in soho, I think and they also have them on the web. They are a chain. I have not been to the Manhattan location, but have been to several others.

    NY Cake and Baking - (, on West 22nd St., not on the web, but probably in the store. They tend to be a bit overpriced on some things, but the place is very interesting for what they have. Oriented toward the professional. The one thing they have there that no one else seems to have is doilies that have a slight coating, so if you set up cake or cookie trays in advance, the butter/grease/oil does not seep through. Much more expensive than regular doiles, but helpful sometimes.

    Bridge Kitchenware - (, on the east side, not on the web, but maybe in the store. Their focus is to the professional. I have not been there in years, in fact since they relocated, so I don't know what you are in for there.

    Broadway Panhandler - (, in Greenwich Village, not on the web, but maybe in the store. Another fun place to putter.

    Do not attempt to move a car around mid-town if you are there Thanksgiving weekend.

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    1. re: Shayna Madel

      All great suggestions, including the one about the car.

    2. You can also buy reusable liners, like silicone mats for cake pans.

      I'd be surprised if some of those stores listed above don't carry it.

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      1. re: chowser

        Never heard of the silpat-type round liner. Too bad the description does not give the diameter. I may be at Zabar's this Sunday and will take a look.

        1. re: Shayna Madel

          Thanks so much for all of your suggestions. We have no intention of trying to move around via car since we figure things will be pretty crazy that weekend in NYC but I appreciate the reminder. I love the idea of the silpat round liners and I'm sure I will stumble across a few more things I feel I must have for my kitchen.

          1. re: Island Girl

            Slap me if you know this already, but if it turns out you need smaller than the size the silpats come, don't cut them down--I hear it will expose fiberglass or something like that inside of the silpat.

        2. re: chowser

          I just did a quick search and found this set of silpat which includes two 9" circles:

          1. re: Island Girl

            This looks like silicone, not the silpats and i bet it can be cut, as it does not look like it hasany sort of fiberous stuff inside of it.

            1. re: Shayna Madel

              Yikes, you are right! How can I mix up silpat and silicone but somehow I did. The silicone line would have to fit perfectly or you would end up with a ridge around the cake?? I just like the paper circles because they guarantee the cake will release, the surface of the cake is super smooth and it also makes clean-up much faster. I also use the circles in loaf pans too just to ensure it pops out and also in my toaster oven when I warm-up a slice of pizza and the cheese will likely melt.

              If you were just going to putter around a kitchen store in NYC which one would it be?

              1. re: Island Girl

                You can also use a smaller liner in a pan. An 8" liner in a 9" pan would be fine.

                1. re: Island Girl

                  It's an interesting question and it's almost like having to pick one of your children, but I would have to say that if I had to pick only one of the 5 I mentioned (Zabars, Sur La Table, NY Cake & Baking, Bridge and Broadway Panhandler), I would probablly pick Zabar's. Especially if you are talking about the home cook, Zabar's has a fairly wide variety of product. Upstairs, they go from many types of cookware, to countertop appliances, to knives, to kitchen gadgets, to many shapes and sizes of bakeware and more. The main floor has a wide variety of foods--cheeses, pastas, breads, prepared foods, smoked fish and a host of other things.

                  My #2 would be Sur La Table, but I think there is more to see at Zabar's.

                  As much as NY Cake & Baking and Bridge, they are more focused on what they sell, probably more geared to professionals and if you are not into what they sell, you won't be at either place for long.

                  As to Broadway Panhandler, I have not been there in awhile, so really cannot say too much either way.

                  Have fun wherever you go. Many may take issue with what I am about to say, but if you do go to Zabars, I suggest trying a bagel from H & H, on the next corner south. By the way, I did not get to Zabar's when I thought I would, so do not have word on the round liners.

                  1. re: Island Girl

                    I agree with Shayna that if you go to only one it should be Zabar's. Especially if you're going with the intention of buying. Their prices are better than anyone else in the city--short of the kitchen supply stores on the Bowery. And their staff is very knowledgeable about their products--much more so in my experience than B'way Panhandler or even Sur la Table.

            2. Don't know if this information will be welcome or not, but did you know that when you butter your cake pans and/or molds with unsalted butter, you don't need to use any sort of liner? Do not flour the pans, just coat well and don't miss any nooks or crannies, and things will slip right out. I've been doing it for a couple of decades and never had anything stick. Think of all the bother I've saved!

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              1. re: Caroline1

                On the one hand, you could say that you have "saved bother" by carefully coating your pans, but on the other hand, you actually have to be careful coating the pans, so one could say that's a "bother" as well. Also, let's face it--not everyone is careful in the prepping process. I think that a lot of the time, it just boils down to personal preference, though typically, I use paper where the recipe says to and I don't where the recipe uses another procedure.

                1. re: Shayna Madel

                  America's Test Kitchen was pretty impressed with the baking sprays which they tested on fluted bunt pans. That's a case where parchment paper wouldn't work. For now though I'm sticking with parchment paper in my loaf pans.

              2. I was at the broadway panhandler the other day and happened to notice the parchment circles, and they had it in different sizes. They're located on 8th street and off of broadway.

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                1. re: chocolateman

                  Thanks for all of the suggestions.....I will DEFINITELY be going to Zabar's! I think I will probably dream about it now as it sounds like the place I could putter around for ages and I'll want to buy everything I see. Thank you too for the suggestion about bagels Shayna....I'm always willing to consume a bagel or two. Broadway Panhandler will also be on my list as well......November 23rd can't come fast enough now.

                  1. re: Island Girl

                    Can't wait to hear your report. Keep in mind that if you are tight for time, that it will take you a bit of time to get from one place to the other. It's not that far "as the crow flies," but it's Manhattan after Thanksgiving so good luck in a cab, or you will have to change trains, if you do the subway thing. Oh, and if you like food in addition to cookware, and to walk a little, walk about 7 blocks south on Broadway, to 74th, I think and poke around Citarella and also Fairway, then walk a block or two cross-town on 74th to Amsterdam and try some chocolate at Jacques Torres. Yum.

                    1. re: Shayna Madel

                      And . . . as long as you're going to be in the nabe, you could also check out Granddaisy Bakery on the south side of 72nd Street just east of B'way. They sell two of the best breads in New York: the Pane Puliegse and the Pan Co’Santi (with raisins, walnuts, and cinnamon). By the time you arrive, they may even have their ovens installed and will be selling slices of Pizza Bianca. It will change the way you think about pizza.

                      1. re: JoanN

                        Just how much can I carry back to Queens! Oh, right, I eat the pizza for strength to carry everything else.

                        1. re: Shayna Madel

                          Ohh....thanks for all this information. I ended up ordering parchment circles from Wine + Cake Hobbies, Inc. website because they were less than $2 for a package of 20 and this way I know I'll have them no matter what happens in NYC. Have no fear, I will still be out there taking all of NYC foodie stuff still. Thanks for the Grandaisy Bakery recommendation since I've never met a bread I haven't enjoyed. I may also have to stop at Lululemon enroute to get some stretchy clothes so I can keep eating! Pizza Bianca sounds wonderful. So.....Jacques Torres is worth a visit? Surprise...surprise....I'm also a chocolate [dark] addict too!

                          1. re: Island Girl

                            $2.00 for 20 sounds like a good price if they did not steal you blind on the shipping. Might not do better at Zabar's, but you should still go there...

                            I have been to both the DUMBO (Brooklyn) and lower Manhattan Jacques Torres locations. I have not yet been to the uptown location. I am sure that there are chocolatophiles, or chocolate addicts or whatever the right word would be for them, that have other favorites and I can't say there isn't a "better" place for chocolate, but I do like what I have gotten at Jacques Torres. And it sounds like it will be right in your travels. It does not take long to pick up a little treat for yourself and if you have to bring back any little gifts, though it's pricey by the pound, they have a number of 1/4 pound little bags if you just need little gifts.

                            1. re: Shayna Madel

                              I have definitely lived in the Caribbean for too long because I just expect higher postage charges!!!! It wasn't too ridiculous as they are just sending them USPS and they didn't try the "it's an international shipment" line and charge $25 to ship $5 worth of product. The 8" were $1.59 and the 9" were $1.79. I bought multiples of each and shipping was $5 total.

                              I will definitely check out Jacques Torres since it sounds like we have similar "tastes" in other areas too. You are right though as everyone has their own opinion about what the best chocolate is and they think anything else is not worthy but then the next person loves the chocolate the other ones hate. I was just in Toronto and had the most amazing hot chocolate at Soma along with to die for chocolate shortbreads with the perfect amount of "crunchy" salt within.....

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