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Baked Bread - Where is NYC's best baguette?

Any suggestions for a bakery (hopefully UWS) with a great baguette? I haven't tried them at Silver Moon... has anyone?
I'm getting tired of Zabar's and Fairway's efforts in the genre...

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  1. This thread might help you out.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/482255

    My favorite is Tom Cat, but they don't have a retail bakery. My local market (Murphy's, Madison and 92nd, carries them). The Balthazar ones are also pretty good.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Just found out that Tom Cat also supplies Citarella. I hadn't realized before what it was I was buying. I really like the flavor and chewiness, but wish the crust was more brittle.

      1. re: JoanN

        I found it at Garden of Eden this past weekend as well.

      2. re: MMRuth

        I'm fortunate enough to have TomCat baguettes at the cafe downstairs at work -- they really do make a sandwich exceptional!

      3. I like the Balthazar baguette. Fairway carries it.

        1. Pain Quotidien mades a good, reliable baguette.

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          1. re: gutsofsteel

            I agree about Pain Quotidien. Fairway can be hit or miss. The baguette at Granddaisy is very good with a brittle crust, but it's larger than what I consider a typical baguette. And they, too, can be hit or miss. I've had a couple of terrific ones, and one that was much less so. PQ isn't as good as GD at it's best, but it is more reliable.

          2. The best I've had is at BLT Market...I realize this isn't a "bakery" per se, but if you could get your hands on a couple "to go," I think you'd be quite happy.

            www.thelunchbelle.com

            1. Whoever makes the bread in the $8 bread and butter at Momofuku Ssam, that's my favorite. (It's a sliced baguette, right?)