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devra Feb 6, 2009 05:54 AM

Dear Chowhounds -

I moved back to New York after having lived in Israel for a year. In israel I was spoiled rotten with excellent challah every week. I feel like a junkie in withdraw without it - does anyone have good recommendations for non supermarket brands? (i.e. bakeries that make it fresh) Please please advise!

Many thanks,

The Challah junkie.

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    kathryn Feb 6, 2009 06:29 AM

    I love the challah that Blue Ribbon bakes. I believe you can purchase it retail at their small Blue Ribbon Market store. Just off 6th Avenue and Houston in the West Village.

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    1. re: kathryn
      harrison Feb 6, 2009 07:40 AM

      A hearty (chearty?) 2nd for Blue Ribbon Bakery. I also like William Greenberg's

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      mindy Feb 6, 2009 04:21 PM

      i cant remember the name but it is the place with challah piled up in the window on first avenue west side of street between 14th and 15th..right before beth israel hospital...almost positive it is made there as are the soups,bagels,pastries etc..i've had the challah and it was great..

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        sugartoof Feb 6, 2009 11:15 PM

        oh, it's right next to murray's falafel, and they do always have a ton of very large challah's in the window. never had it myself though.

        i like moishe's challah a lot. My favorite would be B & H . Not sure if they'll sell a whole one but it's great stuff. I find myself craving their egg and cheese sandwiches strictly for that challah.

        1. re: sugartoof
          lilnugget Feb 7, 2009 09:49 PM

          i second B&H!

          1. re: sugartoof
            mattv Feb 8, 2009 06:10 PM

            Moishes is good, and there is plain, poppy, and loaf pan. Usually it is all week.

            1. re: sugartoof
              foodluvngal Feb 10, 2009 03:45 AM

              The place on 1st Ave, next to Murray's used to be La Bagel, now it's something like Bagel Brothers, I think. In any case, they have an excellent challah.

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            jmarlowe Feb 7, 2009 06:56 PM

            Absolutely Ruthy;s in Chelsea Market.

            1. ericalloyd Feb 9, 2009 09:55 AM

              amy's bread in chelsea market makes a great square challah which is perfect for french toast.

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                tubastu Feb 9, 2009 01:01 PM

                how is the challah at eli's on the UES? just about all of their bread is excellent. Ive lived in france and would hold eli's baguette at the same level as Daniel's baguette in paris

                1. re: tubastu
                  ilovefood24 Jan 15, 2010 11:02 AM

                  Their Challah is delicious a bit exp at $8.95 for a large challah but worth it.

                  very fresh.

                  Eli's Manhattan
                  1411 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                chaz Feb 9, 2009 06:38 PM

                Orwasher's-E. 78th st.?

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                  gutsofsteel Jan 15, 2010 11:08 AM

                  Silver Moon Bakery on Broadway near 105th makes wonderful, fresh challot.

                  Eli's is okay but it will not live up to your standards based on your experience. FYI the baking facility for Eli's is on 91st St. next to the Vinegar Factory.

                  Orwasher's does not have challah listed on its website...

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                  1. re: gutsofsteel
                    bakerygirl10 Apr 12, 2010 11:23 PM

                    Orwasher's does have challah. we have pan loaf challah everyday, and on fridays we have braided. $5.25.

                  2. guttergourmet Jan 18, 2010 05:10 AM

                    Veselka and Blue Ribbon Bakery to eat in. Zaro's Bakery in Grand Central to take home.

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                    1. re: guttergourmet
                      sugartoof Jan 18, 2010 01:58 PM

                      If you like the challah at Veselka, you would love a couple doors over at Ukranian Home.

                      1. re: sugartoof
                        janethepain Jan 19, 2010 09:03 AM

                        Was just about to say, love Ukrainian Home's. I don't even know if they make it in-house, but I like it better than B&H's.

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                      sushiman Jan 18, 2010 10:50 AM

                      I bought one recently at a local bakery on Manhattan Ave in Greenpoint that was outstanding. I wandered in to buy some deserts and saw the Challah. It was so good looking that I had to have it. Unfortunately I do not remember the name of the place, but it is across from the C Town.

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                        gutsofsteel Jan 18, 2010 06:44 PM

                        Rezeszowska Bakery ?

                        1. re: gutsofsteel
                          sushiman Jan 19, 2010 05:10 AM

                          I will drive by later and tell you tomorrow.

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                            gutsofsteel Jan 19, 2010 05:32 AM

                            The challah there is great, in any case. If you search on CH there have been multiple posts about the place.

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                            sushiman Jan 20, 2010 01:13 PM

                            That is the place, but you spelled it with too many vowels. ;-)Rzeszowska

                            It is on the corner of Java St.

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                              gutsofsteel Jan 20, 2010 01:21 PM

                              Thank you!

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                          addictedtolunch Jan 18, 2010 05:18 PM

                          Wm. Greenberg's challah tastes mighty good.

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