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May 1, 2009 04:45 AM

Best Chocolate Babka in New York City?

Hi there:
I am visiting New York CIty this weekend and would like to buy a great Chocolate Babka . I have given up on Babka since Gertel on Hester closed 2 years ago. In your opinion, is Russ & Daughters still the best in the city? Thanks in advance!


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  1. Not coming atcha with a whole lot of chocolate babka experience. That said, the stuff at the 2nd Ave. Deli is ambrosia.

    Second Avenue Deli
    162 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

    1. Zabar's and Eli's have some good stuff. Have you ever tried the chocolate Russian coffee cake? IMO much better (though probably 10 times the fat and calories!).

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      1. re: City Kid

        my father loves it when I bring him Eli's choc Russian coffee cake

        and at Eli's you do not have to buy a whole cake, they have pre-cut slices and chunks all wrapped to go.

        1. re: pbjluver

          Yes, same at Zabar's and a little goes a long way -- very rich and worth every calorie and gram of fat!

          1. re: City Kid

            Ok I am sold! Choc. Rissian Cofee Cake at Eli's and Babka at Wiliam Greenberg!
            Thanks guys!:)))


      2. Wiliam Greenberg's has incredible cinamon and choc babkai

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        1. re: apples

          hands down, greenbergs. It is always tough to judge the best of this or best of that, but I can say with 100% certaintity, that greenbergs has the best babka in the city- cinn or choc.

        2. The best chocolate babka is from Dean and DeLuca! Does anyone know who makes these? I believe its from a bakery in Brooklyn.

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          1. re: DarthEater

            second that! D and D's chocolate babka is one of the best

            1. re: BLover33

              Just noticed they sell the babka at the rock center location

              1. re: Produce Addict

                sadly no more...i just called and they said to check with the NYT building location....rock center doesn't carry it

                Dean & DeLuca
                620 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018