Old, traditional bakeries/pastry shops that still exist
I also posted this on the Manhattan board, so hopefully I will get some interesting responses here or there.
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.
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.
For Italian in Brooklyn, you'll find Court St Patry, Caputos and Monteleone/Cammareri all fit that bill. All within 3 blocks of each other in Carroll Gardens.
astoria has a few good choices as well. joe and rose's on 31st and ditmars makes some fine offerings, as well as an amazing, minimalist sicilian pizza. i really like the bread at parisi's on 31/b'way too
I'm actually near Pottstown (not sure if that is quite "south" east penn yet) Actually I lived in Philly for a year and miss the easy access to Sarcones, Isgro, etc... but let's not get started about that on this board!
Thanks to the suggestions so far, I will take notes and make it a point to stop at places as time permits and depending on where in the city my travels take me.
The most suitable place for what you seek has to be La Guli [Italian] Pastry in Astoria.
If you walk in there and NOT feel transported back in time, I don't know what to tell you. Check out the overall decor first, and then enjoy the many pastries they have to offer.
I find their quality to be VERY good and my tastebuds tell me that they definitely adhere to tradition. Best days for freshness IMO, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Just my experience.
Look ---> http://laguli.com/default.aspx
Court Street Pastry shop in Brooklyn -- best sfogliatelle on the planet. The actual bricks and mortar don't transport me back in time like La Guli does, but the *quality* there is second to none. Definitely worth the trip.