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Baked Bread - Where is NYC's best baguette?

foodmusic Apr 16, 2008 06:02 PM

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. MMRuth RE: foodmusic Apr 17, 2008 04:36 AM

    This thread might help you out.


    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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      JoanN RE: MMRuth May 1, 2008 10:13 AM

      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.

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        MMRuth RE: JoanN May 1, 2008 10:14 AM

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

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        olia RE: MMRuth Oct 6, 2009 08:01 AM

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

      3. LNG212 RE: foodmusic Apr 17, 2008 05:24 AM

        I like the Balthazar baguette. Fairway carries it.

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          gutsofsteel RE: foodmusic Apr 17, 2008 05:45 AM

          Pain Quotidien mades a good, reliable baguette.

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            JoanN RE: gutsofsteel Apr 17, 2008 06:06 AM

            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. LeahBaila RE: foodmusic Apr 17, 2008 06:07 AM

            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.


            1. jakew8 RE: foodmusic Apr 17, 2008 03:12 PM

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

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                RCC RE: foodmusic Apr 17, 2008 04:39 PM

                I'm not too enthusiastic about it, but Balthazar, so far, has been our "go to" baguette.

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                  Westrite RE: foodmusic Apr 18, 2008 10:13 AM

                  Silver Moon -- oh yeah, about 10 am on Saturday when they are hot and fresh. It's good. Otherwise, I'll do Le Pain in a pinch.

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                    Brian W RE: foodmusic Apr 18, 2008 04:32 PM

                    Eli's triple baguette is our favorite but we get them rather fresh at Eli's or the Vinegar Factory. I don't know if the other vendors get fresh deliveries all day.

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                      MMRuth RE: Brian W Apr 18, 2008 04:37 PM

                      I'll have to keep an eye out for those - what I don't like are sour dough baguettes, and far too often, that's what I find.

                    2. Miss Needle RE: foodmusic Apr 20, 2008 07:00 PM

                      I like Balthazar and Le Pain Quotidien. As LNG212 mentioned, Fairway does carry Balthazar's baguette but can be stale at times. You've got to check to make sure.

                      And I agree with you about Fairway's baguettes -- they are on par with Whole Foods -- just really not worth it.

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                        broccoli RE: foodmusic Apr 20, 2008 08:56 PM

                        Whole Foods baguette is the worst I've had; the crust gets chewy in no time flat. I like Fairway's but if I eat too much of it, I end up with a gigantic headache; they must add something strange in there. So far the best I've had is from Balthazar: consistent crispy crust sometimes dark sometimes light, soft innards, the expected bread aroma, and no headache. One problem is that the run out really quickly; sometimes by 3pm.

                        1. misschopsticks RE: foodmusic Apr 22, 2008 01:19 PM


                          This article points to several: Almondine (Brooklyn), Pain d'Avignon, Amy's Bread, Balthazar, Le Pain Quotidien, anad Sullivan St. Bakery (in order of best to just-ok).

                          Personally I've only tried Balthazar and Amy's Bread, and MUCH prefer Amy's baguette. Balthazar's is just not as flavorful.

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                            thievery RE: misschopsticks Apr 22, 2008 01:28 PM

                            Amy's Bread's Napoli Baguette is my fav to date.

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                            waterbuffalo RE: foodmusic Apr 24, 2008 09:34 AM

                            Who supplies Tarralucci e Vino's baguettes? I've had a couple good ones from the E 10th St location.

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                              HaveTasteWillTravel32 RE: waterbuffalo Dec 2, 2008 06:57 PM

                              AMY's! Hands down

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                                CatB RE: HaveTasteWillTravel32 Oct 4, 2009 11:02 AM

                                I am going to throw a major spanner in the works........ Sahadi's on Atlantic in Brooklyn sells the best baguette's I've tried in NYC(by far better then Amy's), the closest to my native French roots. And if you need something easier to find and delicious, Food Emporium in Union Square sells baguettes made by Ace Bakery in Toronto and they are good fresh cooked in the morning!

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                              jusrelax RE: foodmusic Oct 5, 2009 11:11 PM

                              Whole Foods carries a few good brands. Unfortunately, they add sugar to their own and it sucks! While not in Manhattan, Panera Bread chain if you're in the burbs makes excellent French baguettes. There is one near Forest Hills on Woodhaven Blvd. Fresh, no preservatives, unbromated flour, etc.

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                                mahler5 RE: foodmusic Oct 6, 2009 06:29 PM

                                I've tried all the breads mentioned so far in this post, and I vote for Silver Moon's rustic baguette as being the best of them all.

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