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Kosher Artisanal Breads

kukman1234 Jun 29, 2009 10:40 AM

Are there any kosher bakeries in the NY area that freshly bake such breads as ciabatta, sourdough, etc?

I'd even settle for some good crusty french bread, not the soft stuff that is labeled "French bread".

I know that Trader Joe's carries some of these breads in the pre-packaged variety. I was wondering if there are any kosher bakeries that freshly bake such breads.

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    DeisCane Jun 29, 2009 10:57 AM

    Zaro's in Penn Station is probably the best option. Unfortunately, Tribeca Oven no longer sells through retail. Many of Eli Zabar's breads are kosher. Paramount in Newark makes some good breads.

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    1. re: DeisCane
      DeisCane Jun 30, 2009 09:48 AM

      BTW, inspired by this thread, I picked up a loaf of Zaro's semolina yesterday and was very impressed.

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        vallevin Jun 30, 2009 06:17 PM

        Who does the supervision for Zaro's?

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          DeisCane Jun 30, 2009 06:38 PM


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        cheesecake17 Jul 1, 2009 07:14 AM

        Zaro's has delicious bread. The seeded rye, chubbies, onion rolls, and bagels are all great. Friends love the sourdough and pumpernickel. The only bread I didn't enjoy was the new onion and oregano. Flavor was way too strong and overwhelming.

        Their muffins, cupcakes, cakes, and pastries are also delicious, but those are dairy. The items are very well priced, and they decorate the cakes beautifully. Know that they have more sizes and items then what's actually displayed.

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        meateater Jun 29, 2009 10:58 AM

        Fairway - and not only do they bake their own, they carry other companies as well -

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          DeisCane Jun 29, 2009 11:29 AM

          Duh, of course. Thanks for reminding us, meateater.

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            meateater Jun 30, 2009 08:19 AM

            and I don't know if they are still kosher, but Orwasher's on 78th st and 2nd ave was bought out by a former Tribeca Oven baker. they specialize in artisenal breads.

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          downtownNYCjew Jun 29, 2009 11:10 AM

          Bread Alone ( http://www.breadalone.com ) is an upstate bakery, but their breads are available at farmer's markets in NYC. I have had their bread before, and it's excellent.

          See http://www.breadalone.com/kosher-letter.html for information on their kosher certification, and http://www.breadalone.com/farmers-mar... for information on where you can find their bread in NYC.

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            Prettypoodle Jun 29, 2009 11:58 AM

            I know that many of the breads soild at the Trader Joes in Ardmore, PA (a suburb of Philadelphia) are made locally at the Le Bus bakery "factory" in King of Prussia. Thay may be "prepackehged" but are fresh and wonderful! Ask who makes your local TJ's breads, you may be in for a happy surprise!

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              cappucino Jun 29, 2009 01:58 PM

              Stop and Shop in Rockland carries Pareve artisanals (sourdough, pumpernickel, garlic and oil Italian, ciabatta).

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                superburns Jul 2, 2009 05:43 PM

                Fairway's bread is decent, 5 out of 10. The levain is decent the baguette is OK. i really do not recommend their ciabatta, it has a tight crumb and absolutely no flavor.
                Bread Alone on the other hand is more along the lines of a true artisan bakery, although their quality has suffered over the years. I know some of their breads have an OU, but not sure about the greenmarket/bakery stuff. however, they're fresh loaves (not packaged, available at greenmarkets) are pretty damn good, 7/10. try their miche. have in mind, bread alones bread is baked in a wood fired oven,so they often have a softer (but thick) crust by the time you buy them, (just refresh them in the oven.)

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                  spacesasha Jul 3, 2009 01:45 AM

                  I am going to second bread alone. Of all of the listed places bread alone is the only one that can really be called artisanal. One poster mentioned that the quality has suffered over the years, I think part of that is due to the rapid expansion. Not all bread alone bread is created equal so to say. I find that when the bread comes directly from their bakeries in upstate New York it is much better. And of course when you special order.

                  On a side note, the owner Dan Leader is a really good guy and very generous to the Jewish community which is reason enough to support him!

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