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Japanese Bakery near Grand Central???

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.

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


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

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        1. re: JungMann

          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

            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

              been hearing about these Mitzy macarons! cool!

          2. Cafe Zest(47th btwn Lex and 3rd)

            1. 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.

              1. 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

                  the take out sushi place is Chiyoda