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Apr 1, 2008 02:05 PM

Old, traditional bakeries/pastry shops that still exist

Not sure if this question would be better served on the Outer Boroughs board, but it can be split off if someone thinks it a good idea.

In any case, I am located in the culinary wasteland of SE Pennsylvania, but I often visit friends located all over the greater NY metropolitan area, so I did some searching of old threads regarding bakeries and pastry shops in NY, including lots of references to long-gone neighborhood standbys etc.

I was hoping to get a list together of really traditional old style bakeries that still exist, so that I might get a chance to visit them before they vanish completely. I am interested in a range encompassing both bread bakerys and pastry shops that have been there forever.
The kind of place that is not fancy, not trendy, but has that feeling of no-nonsense history started long before the current range of places with "artisanal" breads and gourmet offerings.
Granted, there is nothing wrong from more recent shops with excellent quality wares, but I wanted to focus on the ancient Italian, German, Eastern European, Jewish or other bakeries that still exist out of the myriad of neighborhood shops that used to be out there.

Like I mentioned, perhaps this is better put on the Outer Boroughs board, but I will start it here.

Thanks for your suggestions and I look forward to my trips into the city as it is sometimes painful to be stuck out here in the middle of nowhere PA.

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  1. We'd suggest that you also post this on the Outer Boroughs board, if you are interested in recommendations there.

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    1. re: The Chowhound Team

      There is an old jewish bakery on 2nd Avenue and 7th Street. It's called Moishe's.

      1. re: eatingraoul

        I have come across numerous references to Moishe's and it sounded like a place I would like. That will certainly be on my list.
        How about Orwasher's? They have been around forever haven't they? I am a major fan of classic hearty ryes and pumpernickels, which are impossible to find in my area.

      2. re: The Chowhound Team

        Maybe not exactly what you are looking for, but these Italian pastry shops are pretty old. Take a look at their websites to get an idea of what they serve. Veniero's is my favorite (but many on the board don't like it).

        Veniero's Pasticceria (est 1894) - East Village

        DeRobertis Caffe (est 1904) - East Village

        Ferrara Cafe (est 1892) - Little Italy/Chinatown

        De Robertis
        176 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

        342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

        195 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

        1. re: racer x

          Many thanks for the suggestions. Actually I had a note to myself about DeRobertis, looks like the kind of place I would like. The selection at Ferrara and Veniero looks pretty amazing, although it appears like they do a booming nationwide business with online ordering and shipping. I was going to say I bet they are packed with tourists, but then again, I would be a tourist there too!

      3. Definitely go to Orwasher's- just what you're looking for- the rye bread is fantastic (they even have corn rye)

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        1. re: lisalu

          If you're interested in going to Queens, Oxford Bakery at 104-01 Liberty Ave. in Ozone Park is an old neighborhood bakery.

        2. Glaser's Bake Shop on the Upper East Side is just what you're looking for. Excellent cupcakes, cookies, meringues, breads, cakes, etc. It's at 1st Ave and 86th. Was established in 1902. Amazing butter cream, and non-trendy prices (cupcakes are about $1.50).

          Here's a pic of this year's St. Pat's Day cupcake: http://erinskitchen.blogspot.com/2008...

          And some pics of their peep-topped Easter cupcakes in 2006:

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          1. re: eriny

            I second the recommendation of Glaser's. It's a flash from the past without heavy prices.

          2. Thank you everyone for taking the time to suggest things. I will certainly have to check some of these places out if I have some spare time the next time I am in Manhattan. Can't wait to get to Orwashers in particular. I have not had a good rye in ages.
            Thanks again.