Best Bakery in Northwest Bergen County (i.e. Ridgewood area)
Having tried the majority of the bakeries around here with no success at all, (well, maybe except for Market Basket...which is so-so), I am looking for an old-fashioned bakery that sells great pastry (i.e. almond horns, turnovers, etc.). After all this time living in the area, we've yet to find one that actually tastes fresh and delicious!!
I should say for a while the bakery in Westwood (can't remember name but they have another location in Fairlawn) was great and BF raved about the turnovers there...but then...the magic was gone ;-)
Area - Ridgewood, Ho-ho-kus, Allendale, Ramsey, Franklin Lakes, etc.
butterflake in teaneck on cedar lane has awesome rainbow cookies and is ann old style jewish bakery
in ridgewood the ridgewood coffee company has some nice pastries
in a pinch the a and p in midland park has some very good stuff at good prices
this part of the world is a bakery wasteland
by the way the male glen bagerlcompany at maple and 208 us the best in bergen county awesome lox sandwich and specialty bages and sandwiches
dont even bother with the overs in ridgewood metro trust me
butterflake is beyond awesome at my funeral i intend eating their rainbow cookies as my final dessert
also as an aside the rainbow cookes at rocco's as well as pignoli cookies and homemade ices are worthj the effort to go to greenwich village also go across the street for faicco's for the best italian cold cuts
re the ridgewood coffee company
they are a treasure their cold brewed ice coffee and a piece of pastry is all you need as a comfort snack.
pastries are made by a woman named sharon i believe
regardless scrumptios the crumb cake marries perfectly to a coffeee
my 19 year daughter loves their king krimson herbal iced tea
if u go to bleecker st for roccos first have pizza at keste or john/s
have the nucciola(hazelnut) ices as well as the lemon and chocolate don't get too fancy
make sure the rainbow cookies are fresh and soft
pignoli and orange cookies superb
all a little pricy
gradually eat the rainbows over a course of days taste changes as it gets older
when you get back to ridgewood go to a mano for the best pizza in bergen
ridgewood coffee company best for morning pastries as well as a late nite snack
fress en gesundt
There isn't a huge variety but the rolling pin cafe in westwood has great desserts. He makes them all there and the scones are awesome!!
If you want a french bakery nothing beats didier dumas in nyack (not in BC I know)!
There is always carousel bakery in rockland county which isn't too far
i wouldn't make a special trip for Butterflake - they did my brother's wedding cake in April and no one was really impressed. my mother & sister both said it was dry and tasted like it was made from a boxed mix. of course i couldn't eat it b/c of the gluten issue, but i did swipe a finger-ful of icing for good luck. it was greasy and totally flavorless.
for French pastries, try Patisserie St Michel on Queen Anne Rd in Teaneck, or Balthazar (yes, it's the same one) in Englewood.
as others have suggested, Rispoli's is definitely a good bet for Italian pastries, as is Palermo's in Ridgefield Park or D'Anna's in Lodi.
Miller's Bakery in Cliffside Park is a popular, locally-beloved spot. in fact, they also have a shop in Tenafly which replaced a former outpost of Wyckoff Bakery there - and i'd skip Wyckoff Bakery unless it's improved over the years - everything i had from there back in the day was mediocre.
BTW, i think the Westwood & Fairlawn place you're thinking of is Sugarflake.
I believe Patisserie St. Michele closed this summer.
This area is a bakery wasteland. butterflake is good, but not what it used to be.
The Rockland bakery is decent - and a fun experience - the best Black and Whites anywhere. About 20 minutes from Ridgewood.
The Ramsey Shoprite is a good choice for general pastries - they make them fresh and right in the store.
If you don't mind the drive to Rockland, there is a bakery in Suffern - Crumbs (I think) that people seem to like, though I have not been recently.
Also in the general area is DePierro's Farm which has a bakery.
There is a decent bakery in Hawthorne, definitely an Italian style, but I can't remember the name - it is somewhere near Diamond Bridge or Lafayette.