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best challah in NYC

alyssabrooke Oct 7, 2008 06:46 AM

im looking to buy a challah in NYC. preferably in either the west village or mid-upper east. thanks!!!

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    MartyB Oct 7, 2008 07:25 AM

    Best challas come from Brooklyn, check local stores if any get challah deliveries from Brooklyn. Here in the 5 towns we have a few bakeries, and still we have a few stores like Chap A Nash, that get challah deliveries from some of the Brooklyn bakeries. You could call some of the Brooklyn bakeries directly and ask if they have any deliveries to Manhattan. Try Chiffin, Schreiber's and Weiss to start with.

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    1. re: MartyB
      Barry Strugatz Oct 7, 2008 07:31 AM

      Not sure if it's kosher, but I think B&H Dairy on 2nd near St. Marks is the best in NYC.

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        GilaB Oct 7, 2008 08:10 AM

        I do not think B&H Dairy is certified.

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          meateater Oct 10, 2008 09:06 AM

          B&H is certified by Rabbi Malek.

          ps - Zaro's is the best, albeit expensive -soft but not sweet or gooey like zomicks -

        2. re: Barry Strugatz
          downtownNYCjew Oct 7, 2008 08:25 AM

          Also, Alyssa asked about West Village or Upper East Side. But for picking up a challah in the East Village, Associated on 14th Street off of 1st Avenue stocks a brand of challah that's great, and Key Food on 1st Avenue near 4th Street stocks a decent brand as well. There's also always Zomicks at Whole Foods, which is probably the most ubiquitous challah in NYC but I wouldn't say it's the best.

          I don't know where to get them on the east side, but Supersol on the Upper West Side stocks Bagel City and Zaidy's brand challahs, and those, in my opinion, are the best (though Zaidy's is technically a NJ brand, not sure about Bagel City).

          My favorite challah not available in Manhattan is the challah from Mazur's in Little Neck, Queens. It's perfect. Cakey and chewy but without being too sweet or eggy. Most underrated challah around.

          1. re: downtownNYCjew
            EvanM Oct 7, 2008 01:20 PM

            On 2nd Avenue around East 6th is Moishe's bakery, heimishe place which makes a few different types of challoh. Some of them are really good, personally I think the high pan baked ones are much better than the twisted ones. Its the only place that is reasonably convenient to the West Village

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              PotatoPuff May 7, 2012 07:27 AM

              +1 on Moishes.... but if you have to go with a supermarket challah, Zadie's (available at Fairway) is pretty good.

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              momrn Oct 7, 2008 06:03 PM

              Bagel City challah is excellent ,better than Zomick's. I believe that it is from Washington Heights.

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                GilaB Oct 7, 2008 09:56 PM

                No, Bagel City definitely isn't from Washington Heights, although it's available in the Key Food on 187th and Broadway. (The only bakery up here is Gideon's, part of the larger Gruenbaum's chain, whose challah is OK but nothing to write home about.) I agree that BC is far better than the cake Zomick's sells as challah - it's sweet, but still bread.

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                  Phootog May 7, 2012 03:00 AM

                  Bagel City is actually originally from Washington Heights. Before it became big it was a small store on 181st and Bennett ave. After many years, it switched owners, became more popular, sold bagels and challah, closed a few years later because the owner started mass producing it in a factory. It lost a bit of it's original delicious flavor and texture but it's still unique and tasty. :)

            3. re: Barry Strugatz
              froike Nov 10, 2008 12:15 PM

              B&H was a favorite of mine for years....Best dairy restaurant on the lower East Side bar none! Who took it over...haven't been there since the early 80's?

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            cheesecake17 Oct 7, 2008 06:41 PM

            Zaro's in Penn Station. Expensive, but awesome.

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              alyssabrooke Oct 8, 2008 06:51 AM

              really? in penn station? that is interesting.

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                DeisCane Oct 8, 2008 08:12 AM

                There are two in Penn Station. One by the Staples and one by the Amtrak waiting area. I don't love their challahs, but they're good enough. They do have good crusty breads, which are much harder to find, imo.

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                  cheesecake17 Oct 10, 2008 08:42 AM

                  The one by Staples is near the main entrance on 7th Avenue. I personally go there rather than the larger one by Amtrak because the staff is sooo much nicer and the lines move quicker.

                  Their challas are good, but I agree with DeisCane, their regular breads are much better. The rye bread is awesome and so is the baguette. If you go early in the morning, you can sometimes get a hot baguette.

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                MartyB Oct 8, 2008 10:55 AM

                Zaro's in Penn Station is kosher? I was looking for anything kosher there, thanks for the heads up!

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                  momrn Oct 8, 2008 11:26 AM

                  There are kosher sandwiches in Penn Station,in the front of one of the sandwich stores,not cheap though. I have not tried them.

                  1. re: queenscook
                    MartyB Oct 9, 2008 08:57 PM

                    As a layman who has no connections in the world of hashgachas my philosophy is that if it has a hashgacha then I will eat from them. If it turns out that the people giving the hashgacha certified a non kosher item as kosher then g-d will punish them, while I would be an "oinus"(sp).

                    If I may be so bold, give me an example of a "bad" hashgacha and why it is bad. Not a theoretic example but a real live and current "bad" hashgacha.

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                      queenscook Oct 9, 2008 11:12 PM

                      re: If I may be so bold, give me an example of a "bad" hashgacha and why it is bad. Not a theoretic example but a real live and current "bad" hashgacha.

                      I would not do this at any time, and certainly not today, motzaei Yom Kippur. However, I try to take more responsibility for what I eat and serve, and hope those that feed me do as well. I bet if you ask the Rav of your shul, he would be happy to name and explain a current "bad" hashgacha and why he doesn't trust it. Chowhound is not the place for this discussion, but just as there is a need for oversight in many fields, so too with kashrus. In my opinion, an individual that says his hachgacha is good should have to be backed up; there IS such as thing as "conflict of interest," or in Hebrew "nogaya b'davar."

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                        vallevin Oct 10, 2008 05:49 AM

                        Sooooo off topic, but Queenscook - Yasher Koach (Kudos) to you for stating things so eloquently. I will merely second the comment above.

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                  ariellasdaddy Oct 10, 2008 07:41 AM

                  Depends what you're looking for in a challah. If you like super eggy, try Pomerganate, which is essentially a fresh version of Zomicks. If you like it somewhat eggy but not cakey, try Chiffon's. For water challah, Korn's.

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                    EvanM Nov 12, 2008 01:08 PM

                    Head for Williamsburg! The Green's restaurant on Ross Street, and Tiferes bakery on Lee Avenue have challoh that is really good..... If just reasonable challoh is acceptable then go either to Moshe's on 2nd Avenue or Grand St. or to the other kosher bakery on Grand Street near Essex. Some Moshe's challohs are excellent (the high bulkas) others are so-so. Korn's challohs are sold all over Manhattan, at Kosher Market and several otehrs. Some like Bagel City challohs that the kosher stores all over the city carry. If you ask me Weiss on 13th Avenue is pretty good.

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                      addictedtolunch Nov 12, 2008 04:39 PM

                      Wm. Greenberg.
                      Next is Zaro's (which has improved over the recent years).

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                        abu applesauce Nov 14, 2008 10:02 AM

                        I guess if we are already off the original post''s request of specific areas in NY City, I might as well add Eagle Bakery in Boro Park for some kick ass water challah.

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                          Maven123 May 7, 2012 04:51 PM

                          Fairway's own chalah is excellent. Zomick's is too often stale since it's been on the shelf
                          far too long.

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                        ahuva May 7, 2012 07:44 PM

                        I've been buying the Challot that Prime Butcher BAker has been selling - not sure where they're from, but they're good.

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