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Japanese Bakery near Grand Central???

nbermas Feb 12, 2009 03:05 PM

What does Japanese Baking include, I always thought there wasn't much in the sweet department, I quickly passed it today running to the train I was intriqued but and want to know what bakery goods are Japan known for? Thanks, if anyone knows of some Asian bakeries near grand Central and know the name thanks and if they are good at desserts and what are they known for I appreciate it.

  1. bigjeff Feb 12, 2009 03:23 PM

    Cafe Zaiya, my favorite:


    1. LeahBaila Feb 13, 2009 04:10 AM

      I'm pretty sure that the Beard Papa is still located on 41st between 5th and Madison.


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      1. re: LeahBaila
        lanadai Feb 13, 2009 06:15 AM

        Beard Papa is inside Cafe Zaiya

      2. JungMann Feb 13, 2009 06:00 AM

        Tafu has some sponge cakes, daifuku mochi, matcha pastries as well as macarons (surprisingly enough).

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        1. re: JungMann
          bigjeff Feb 13, 2009 07:48 AM

          not so surprising considering that some of the top places to get macarons in the world are tokyo branches of famous parisian pastry houses

          1. re: JungMann
            kathryn Feb 13, 2009 07:49 AM

            The macarons are from the Itzy Bitzy Patisserie run by Mitzy in NJ, availability is limited. She only refreshes their supply 1-2 times a week.

            1. re: kathryn
              bigjeff Feb 13, 2009 11:05 AM

              been hearing about these Mitzy macarons! cool!

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            brettnyc Feb 13, 2009 07:54 AM

            Cafe Zest(47th btwn Lex and 3rd)

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              bearmi Feb 14, 2009 09:01 PM

              I like the almond cookies at Cafe Zaiya.. They are thin butter cookies containing sliced almonds. I believe they are sold already packaged in clear plastic bags.

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                KobekkoMike Feb 14, 2009 09:21 PM

                Cafe Zaiya's bakery goods are all from Parisienne in Ft. Lee and are probably the most authentic japanese bakery goods made fresh in the tri-state area. They also do nice lunch items that they make on premise as well as the Beard Papa mentioned already. Check out the take out sushi place two doors down - it's not as good as say a Sushi Den or even Azusa's sushi .. but it's not bad for take out... and the japanese grocery two doors on the madison side of Zaiya has some imported japanese bakery goods

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                1. re: KobekkoMike
                  lanadai Feb 15, 2009 07:27 AM

                  the take out sushi place is Chiyoda

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