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Best Chocolate Babka in New York City?

hvk2001 May 1, 2009 04:45 AM

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. Deenso RE: hvk2001 May 1, 2009 07:00 AM

    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

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      City Kid RE: hvk2001 May 1, 2009 07:08 AM

      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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        pbjluver RE: City Kid May 1, 2009 09:52 AM

        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.

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          City Kid RE: pbjluver May 1, 2009 10:03 AM

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

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            hvk2001 RE: City Kid May 2, 2009 05:53 AM

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


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              apples RE: hvk2001 May 2, 2009 06:31 AM

              good Call!!!

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        apples RE: hvk2001 May 1, 2009 06:55 PM

        Wiliam Greenberg's has incredible cinamon and choc babkai

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          offthebeatenpath1 RE: apples May 8, 2009 12:49 PM

          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. DarthEater RE: hvk2001 May 2, 2009 10:40 AM

          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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            BLover33 RE: DarthEater May 2, 2009 08:05 PM

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

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              Produce Addict RE: BLover33 May 3, 2009 07:23 AM

              Just noticed they sell the babka at the rock center location

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                gurud RE: Produce Addict Nov 28, 2011 08:21 AM

                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

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              Dr.Faustus RE: hvk2001 May 8, 2009 06:46 PM

              The East Broadway bakery on Grand street has incredible chocolate and cinnamon babka. It's what the baker calls old-fashioned. I call it super yummie!

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                swerz RE: hvk2001 Dec 20, 2009 05:54 PM

                Just bought a chocolate babka at Zabars and definitely not satisfied. Could be because it is parve (kosher, made without any dairy, so no butter). Has an odd taste and "artificial flavor" is one of the ingredients. I don't think I'll buy again.

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                  Jane A. RE: swerz Dec 20, 2009 06:00 PM

                  I'm partial to the one at Andre's Café and Bakery on 2nd around 84-85th. Lovely old Hungarian pastry of my childhood. While you're shopping stop and have a bowl of real old-fashioned home-made soup. . .

                2. erica RE: hvk2001 Jan 8, 2010 01:34 PM

                  I just noticed this post during a search for Andre's. I must tell you that the chocolate babka of your childhood is still baked and sold at Wall's Bakery in Hewlett. I had some during thanksgiving and thought I had been whisked back a few decades. It was so good I may just drive out there to buy some soon.

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                    Robert Deutsch RE: hvk2001 Oct 22, 2010 12:30 PM

                    Yes. Russ & Daughter's Chocolate Babka is still the best

                    Russ & Daughters
                    179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

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                      gutsofsteel RE: Robert Deutsch Oct 22, 2010 01:26 PM

                      Russ and Daughters doesn't make it - they sell Green's Babka. So does Zabar's. Other places too but I can't think of them off the top of my head. While not traditional, it's very delicious.

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                        daffyduck RE: gutsofsteel Oct 22, 2010 05:09 PM

                        it's not??? where would i find a good traditional one?

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                          gutsofsteel RE: daffyduck Oct 22, 2010 06:53 PM

                          Andre's although I don't think it's that good. Greenpoint is your best bet.

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                            daffyduck RE: gutsofsteel Oct 22, 2010 07:53 PM

                            I've had Andre's babka, I liked it, it's like a croissant and the babka at Russ and Daughter's had a baby. I thought it wasn't traditional because they call it kugelhupf.

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                              gutsofsteel RE: daffyduck Oct 23, 2010 04:44 AM

                              They're words for the same category of thing, just different languages.

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                      BKLYNGIRLRD RE: hvk2001 Nov 25, 2011 06:52 PM

                      On the advice of this message board I went to W Greenbergs. That was over two weeks ago... after one slice cut off of this Babka, I shoved it into the deep freeze... It tasted so damn strange.. The chocolate or is it also the cake... Had a funny taste to it. Well, I took it out of the deep freeze, thinking it can't possibly be that strange tasting... it is BABKA... grrrrrrr. Nope, that is not going to get on my tongue.. yeck. I wouldn't mind it is dry, if it tasted like top quality dry Babka... (Yes tasted dry since day one same day purchase). Shame I walked miles through NY to get to this bakery. Oh and it cost $17.00...but truth be I would pay more for EXCELLENT babka.. sigh. I miss Leon's Bakery in Brooklyn... but its been gone for years now.

                      William Greenberg Jr. Desserts
                      1100 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                        bobjbkln RE: BKLYNGIRLRD Nov 25, 2011 06:59 PM


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                          addictedtolunch RE: BKLYNGIRLRD Nov 25, 2011 08:51 PM

                          Second your opinion re Greenbergs. Really was good once upon a time. then they seem to have changed the recipe (like Juniors did on their cheesecake). Greens, however (sold at and re-packaged for Zabars) is really good, though not classic babka. I actually like Zaros as a classic babka loaf, and it tastes fine.

                          2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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                            erica RE: addictedtolunch Nov 26, 2011 03:56 AM

                            Does anyone know if Green's sells their babka retail in the Brooklyn bakery?

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                              BKLYNGIRLRD RE: erica Nov 26, 2011 08:30 AM

                              The Greens website will give you locations closest to you?


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                                erica RE: BKLYNGIRLRD Nov 26, 2011 11:32 AM

                                Yes, thanks, but I would like to know if they sell retail from their bakery in Brooklyn....

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                          BKLYNGIRLRD RE: hvk2001 Nov 29, 2011 07:40 AM

                          The search continues... so far Greens is the most edible, but still not Leon's Bakery quality.
                          Has anyone heard of Wall's Bakery in Hewlett, NY
                          IDA's Chocolate Babka (http://www.chocolate.com/products/cho...)

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                            dmjuli RE: BKLYNGIRLRD Dec 1, 2011 01:28 PM

                            Ostrovitsky on ave J makes a very good Chocolate Babka. It might be sold on Friday and Saturday only. Check it out.

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