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Jan 28, 2009 02:36 PM

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:

            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

                  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!