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Looking for top quality bakeries in outer boroughs

i do enjoy a good piece of cake and do not want to trek into Manhattan. I know there are many bakeries in Brooklyn, but haven't experienced top quality. Am I missing something?

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  1. wondering what you are looking for
    American type cake or is Italian Style baking ok?
    do you expect to taste butter in your frosting or would you avoid it?
    are you looking for a great big sweet piece of cake or would a petite french style item be ok?

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    1. re: jen kalb

      Jen, I am looking for good French pastry, similar to Balthazar. There cakes are excellent and so are there breads.

    2. You must have missed ALMONDIN in DUMBO. The pastry is authentically French, and always fresh and delicious. Their bread is terrific too. Prices are very reasonable.

      We went to a Birthday Party last week where the cake, a divine symphony of Chocolates, Hazwlnut, with a touch of tart Lemon, was divine..

      I often walk down the Hill for a cafe and their Macarons.... 6 flavors, and all divine.

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      1. re: Fleur

        For excellent Balthazar style brick oven breads, check out Royall Crown Bakery in Dyker Heights. Its sister restaurant Paneantico in Bay Ridge sells the bread too, as well as excellent prepared food/Italian heroes. Across the street is another place owned by the same people, Piazza Mercato, which sells all their bread and prepared food/butcher/olive oil, etc. The bread is really excellent.
        Other top notch bakeries include Mona Lisa in Bensonhurst and Leske's in Bay Ridge, which is Norwegian.
        Baked in Red Hook is excellent too.

      2. get yourself to Cannelle Patisserie in East Elmhurst, there are many posts about it, including mine. Have not had better anywhere in the city. Their stuff is fantastic.

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        1. re: janie

          Cannelle is a true gem and was featured in last week's New Yorker magazine. Flavor, authenticity, and value. GO!

          1. re: janie

            Another vote for Cannelle. They started having red velvet cupcakes a few months ago and that has become my favorite there. They also have something called Mango Kiwi and I was surprised by how much I liked it. It's really hard to pick the wrong thing at Cannelle.

            1. re: janie

              I also recommend Cannelle, but it's still considered Jackson Heights around there. Here's a link to their website: http://cannellepatisserie.com/photos....

            2. Marquet Patisserie on Court St. , French-owned, has the best croissants in the city. Fruit tarts are superb, as are madeleines. Their cake-cakes include French classics and some innovations. They are all beautiful as well.

              Yesterday I was at Sweet Melissa, also on Court St. Because the place is such a Laura Ashley-cute spot, I tend to forgot just how good a baker she is. it's a mix: classic American layer cakes, French-style pastry (yesterday, gorgeous caramelized pear tarts with hazelnut cream), wonderful buttery cookies (esp. the "Florentines" which are not really Florentines and the linzer thumbprints), and pies.

              Almondine (already mentioned) for sure.

              If you like Italian pastry, the list of greats is long: Court St Pastry on (yes) Court St. and Villabate on 18th Ave in Bensonhurst shouldn't be missed.

              1. In Staten Island, I like the brick oven-style loaves from Royal Crown (is it related to the one mentioned earlier?) on Hylan at Old Town Rd. The other pastries can be hit-or-miss; pretty good fruit tarts though.

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                1. re: comestible

                  comestible,
                  Is you're ever up near RichmondTown, I'd suggest checking out the very delicious breads at Net Cost, the Russian market on Amboy Rd and Clarke .We've tried several kinds. All baked on premises. They will slice or leave whole. Hard to make it home w/o eating half a loaf on the way :-}

                  1. re: Tay

                    Tay, good to see you back. Where ya been? :)

                    I will try Net Cost. Hadn't heard of it. Thanks!

                2. Baked in Red Hook is delicious.

                  Though I will put in votes for Sweet Melissa, Marquet & Almondine as well.

                  1. Thanks for the comments. I've tried Baked, Sweet Melissa,good but not great. Marquet was good before it moved to Court St. It nosedived after that. Just came back from Bouley Bakery.It is more expensive, but superior in quality. i know food is subjective, but I am still waiting for that ultimate bakery to open up in Brooklyn.

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                    1. re: son of a butcher

                      son...
                      Going along with the whole subjective premise, I don't think there is any such place to be found. There will always be some bakery that for one palate excels in making one type of pastry/bread, but will not meet the criteria or another's taste. EG: Leske's outstanding black & white cookies, but just so so danish. I think there are just too many baked goods to be able to excel in making all of them. It would probably be easier to identify really bad bakeries than really great ones. :-}

                      1. re: son of a butcher

                        I liked Marquet too, in its original incarnation. Ive had some good things at Trois Pomme on 5th ave and Joyce on Vanderbilt, as well as Baked. None of them are bread bakeries, however and prices are high.

                        Leske's has some excellent holiday sweets, good stollen and I like their pecan ring, but I wouldnt expect much from it for general bakery products.

                      2. for patisseries, try colson on 9th street near 6th ave in park slope, or trois pommes on 5th ave near garfield in park slope.

                        for cake, betty bakery on atlantic ave is pretty good; i've also heard amazing things about cake man raven, but haven't tried it out yet.

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                        1. re: firedancer22

                          cannelle all the way. i've been to marquet and like it there, but cannelle is a different beast altogether. it's fancy desserts at really affordable prices (everything is around $3). i highly recommend the trek out to cannelle. you won't regret it!

                          here is the link to the new yorker review: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs...

                        2. St. Honore's Bakery in Astoria.On Ditmars Ave. @ 35th St, across from Taverna Kyklades. It is a great French bakery. Their apple tarts are wonderful and they have the best pecan pie I have ever tasted.

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                          1. re: TM2007

                            I love well-made, top ingredient desserts. The ones below are my favorites.

                            Storks in Whitestone, Queens. Great, all natural, many choices for family get togethers. Blueberry cream pie, one of the best pies ever.

                            Cheeks Bakery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Organic, top notch ingredients, charming space, baker is the owner. I think the best cupcakes but many other things too like the lemon tart, almond cake, scones. Don' t be put off by that baker/owner. She really is committed just not cloyingly sweet.

                            Baked in Red Hook, Brooklyn. They have a salty/sweet cake that I love.

                            One Girl Cookies, Brooklyn is charming with small cookies that are inexpensive but creative and delicious. Whoopie pies very good too.

                            Just a Manhattan plug for Momofuko Milk Bar ... so good!

                            1. re: tabs

                              sybil's in Ozone park is good on appx 131 & liberty ave

                              their homemade juices and casa-pone pastry is good

                              also try ye mei bakery in elmhurst on broadway and order their pork buns

                              if your in Jersey City phillippine bread house you should also try

                              1. re: tabs

                                storks is closed
                                dept of health closed them

                            2. Blue Sky Bakery is the perfect place for anything piping hot right out of the oven. Half a block off the 2/3 train -Bergen Street walk toward 5th ave, round the corner from Melt restaurant in park slope brooklyn. It is worth riding the subway to get there. The muffins are not too sweet, crisp on the outside, moist on the inside with chunks of fresh fruit in the center. Every bite is scrumptuous. I 've eaten the strawberry sweet plum and the pumpkin banana walnut. All made with fresh ingredients. They make cakes too. You can have them specially ordered for birthdays or weddings.