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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.


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  1. 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

      1. re: Sdenred

        Definitely a bakery wasteland!
        I'll have to try butterflake...I haven't found an old fashioned Jewish bakery in years-
        Never thought the Ridgewood Coffee company had good pastries - I'll try them-

        Unfortunately not a fan of B & W or Wyckoff Bakery, but thanks!

        1. re: lovessushi

          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
          happy noshing

          1. re: foodismylife

            EEK! Homemade ices??! I'd go anywhere for those...
            Will try the Ridgewood Coffee company this weekend...it never occurred to me that they made their pastries there...
            Good noshing indeed :-)

            1. re: lovessushi

              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

      2. One not yet mentioned: Reinholds' Quality Bakery in Waldwick (reinholdbakeshop.com).

        And in Ramsey, I believe there is a pastry shop being constructed in the little shopping center next to Brady's At The Station.

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        1. re: billpitcher

          Lets not forget the wonderful pastry at Rispoli in Ridgefield, NJ an institution since I was a kid. Used to be in West New York, moved to Bergen county and has been wooing everyone since. Try the cannoli and lobster tails....

          1. re: doxy216

            Ooh - I am in Ridgefield a lot...I will have to check that out...never heard of a lobster tail but bf is a HUGE fan of cannoli!


          2. re: billpitcher

            Looking forward to checking out that new pastry shop.

            Unfortunately I had a terrible experience at Reiinhold's when we moved here...awful service and terribly awful pastry. Perhaps it was just a fluke.

            1. re: lovessushi

              not a fan of Reinholds either. its near the house, but i will still take a drive for good cake.

          3. 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

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            1. re: foodaholic8

              Carousel has opened Carousel Cupcakes in Ridgewood next to the movie theatre.
              They have cake too....

            2. 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.

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              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                Thanks for all the tips...

                Balthazar sounds great - I'll have to try that and add the others to my list as well. Definitely want to try the one in Ridgewood as that's right by me...

                And yes, Wyckoff Bakery, imo, is terrible. You can almost taste the chemicals.

                1. re: lovessushi

                  don't miss the flourless chocolate torte at Balthazar if they have it. yum!

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    Ooh that sounds so good...I will have to stop there this week! That is just too tempting!!

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      If that is the chocolate almond torte, I had it for my B-day and everyone loved it.

                    2. re: lovessushi

                      I live in Tenafly and I go to Balthazar at least once a week. Get the olive loaf and the potato onion bread. Key lime tart was good...they also have cannele if you are lucky. as someon here mentioned, balthazar is better for bread than cake, etc.

                    3. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      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.
                      Good Luck.

                      1. re: jerseydiner

                        Thanks - bakery wasteland indeed! Crumbs isn't all it's cracked up to be imo. DePierro's is just ok I think...the Hawthorne bakery as decent...

                        I feel like I've been everywhere! Why is this so difficult?! :-)

                        Thanks again-

                        1. re: jerseydiner

                          Gee, I hope Patisserie St. Michele is just closed for vacation, Tney always take off the weeks around Labor Day. Andre, the baker, said he will be open until New years Eve 2010 and then he is retiring.

                        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          I live in Tenafly...on my like 3rd day of moving into this town, my husband and I went into Miller's bakery to see what they have...we looked at some of their stuff and left the bakery right away...nothing really looked good...

                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            GHG - You mention the Fair Lawn location. Could this be the old Cake Box in Radburn? Not sure either one of them still exist.

                          2. The best bakery depends upon what you're looking for, Italian pastry try Rispoli's in Ridgefield the lobster tails are great, best crumb cake for the last thirty years B&B bakery in Hackensack also they make great coconut custard pie, good all around bakery for most anything Palisade Park bakery in Palisades Park, Reinhold's bakery in Waldwick is great for cakes and for spectacular cake decorations hands down Desserts of Distinction Waldwick

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                            1. re: drpsa2

                              I thought Palisades park bakery was nasty. We ended up throwing out most of the cake.

                            2. Lets not forget to give La Promenade in Tenafly some love. If only for quality of the baked goods and definitely not the service.

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                              1. re: rifkind81

                                Rispoli's is a must for great, authentic Italian specialties
                                Hidden old school gem is Packanack Bakery in Wayne on Rt 23
                                Wyckoff bakery is def terrible

                                1. re: rifkind81

                                  Tell me more about this place. I live in Tenafly. I thought it was a catering house.
                                  Can you just walk in for some pastries?

                                  1. re: Monica

                                    i know they do small orders as well as catering because my mom has them do stuff for her all the time for dinners & holidays, and she just picks it up or has them deliver it. i'm not *sure* if you can just walk in and buy something or if you have to order ahead of time - call them to find out.


                                2. Lots of bakeries and lots things that they are good for just 1 or 2 things, here they are in no particular order.
                                  1. Crumb Cake - B&W Bakery Hackensack
                                  2. Cinnamon Bread - Butterflake Bakery Teaneck
                                  3. Italian Pastries - Il Dolce Hawthorne NJ
                                  4. Breads - Maywood Market, Maywood NJ
                                  5. General - Rockland Bakery - Nanuet NY - Nothing Great, lots of goods, cheap.

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                                  1. re: tortms

                                    6. Coffee Cake (with crumbs) Packanack Bakery North Wayne NJ

                                  2. Surprised no one has mentioned Bon Apetit French Bakery in Mahwah on Franklin Turnpike- great pastries and bread and they have a little cafe as well for breakfast and lunch.

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                                    1. re: offthebeatenpath1

                                      Thank you all -

                                      Tried Rispoli - bf was highly impressed with pignoli cookies...not so happy with lobster tails. He thought too much cream. Also how come they don't make almond horns? They looked at me like I was cuckoo when I asked!

                                      Not a fan of the bakery in Mahwah - seriously overpriced and an attitude to match.

                                      Still have to get to Balthazar and Miller's...

                                      Thanks again!

                                      1. re: lovessushi

                                        Try Vitangelo's Pastry Shop in Edgewater (corner of River Road and Route 5). Cannoli's are terrific and they make the freshest traditional Italian birthday cake with cannoli cream or chocolate filling, white cake, and fresh whipped cream icing.

                                        1. re: FeelingALittleBreadish

                                          Tried Balthazar - what we got was "eh" but the smell in there...omg, the smell... next time will just go for the breads I think.

                                          Missed Miller's but went to Butterflake on Friday. Delicious challah. Corn muffin bf wanted was "eh". Mini rugelach were out of this world.

                                          The quest continues... :-)

                                          1. re: lovessushi

                                            did u have the rainbow cookies at butterflake none better

                                            1. re: foodismylife

                                              I did not actually...can't remember if I saw them there. It was a melee (sp?) on Friday there and I could barely yell across to order the challah, forget everything else! But definitely next time - bf is in love with rainbow cookies! Thanks for the rec-

                                            2. re: lovessushi

                                              I am a regular at Balthazar, but think the breads are far superior to the cakes.

                                              1. re: FeelingALittleBreadish

                                                Yes I got that impression. Actually I've picked up their breads from Whole Foods - obviously not as fresh as from the bakery but SO delicious. The Pullman loaf I think...definitely planning to go back to try other breads there.

                                                1. re: lovessushi

                                                  Try their multigrain bread (Pullman or pan loaf), olive bread, potato and onion bread, and baguettes (dangerously good! will eat in one sitting!)

                                        2. re: offthebeatenpath1

                                          I second Bon Apetit...great pastries and a good little breakfast cafe. Very French!

                                        3. In Rockland County on Route 202 (in Pomona...a quick trip from Bergen) is "A Taste of Distinction"..an amazing gourmet shop/caterer with a pastry chef beyond belief. Specialty cakes must be ordered in advance...but there are always homemade pastries, etc. in the showcase..the quality is unparalled...try it...you'll be back again and again!!

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                                          1. re: Kobert

                                            Patisserie St Michel in Teaneck has awesome pastries...

                                          2. The Market Basket in Franklin Lakes has excellent bakery items. Well worth a trip...the fish and meat depts are outstanding too.

                                            Market Basket
                                            813 Franklin Lakes Rd, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417

                                            1. HI I have been reading that B & W Bakery has the BEST CRUMBCAKE..Is this true? I live in NY and I am wondering if it is worth a trip over the bridge? I have had crumbcake at the Farmers Market from Bakers Bounty in Linden, it was good - HEAVY on the crumbs, just curious if B & W is better..HELP!!

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                                              1. re: sandia

                                                The original owner of B&W moved over to Allwood bakery(Clifton) a number of years ago. That's the place to go if you want the the original crumb cake.

                                                1. re: double0

                                                  hackensack pastry shop is amazing and fresh they also make homemade ice cream and italian ice. but there strictly cookies and pastries no bread and cash only

                                                  1. re: double0

                                                    thanks. I will check out Allwood Bakery. Does the Hackensack Pastry shop make good crumb cake? Does anyone have any suggestions for a great crumb cake in tri state area??

                                                    Allwood Bakery
                                                    70 Market St, Clifton, NJ 07012

                                                  2. re: sandia

                                                    B&W Bakery is for very long time around.
                                                    Yes its' true. They make a super graet crumb cake.

                                                  3. I'm surprised so many people are down on Wyckoff Bakery. Their cakes are not so great, but I love their Danish and their cupcakes. And this may sound a little bizarre, but their jelly donuts are to die for!

                                                    A few years ago I tried one of their outposts (in Wayne I think) and it was awful--everything was a bit stale--yuck--even in the morning!

                                                    1. Head the other direction to Fair Lawn and Zaide's. Best babka and other kosher baked good. YUM!

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                                                      1. re: skigirl

                                                        I'm not generally a fan of kosher bakeries, but I have to agree Zaide's is a good one. Their danishes are the best I've ever had. (Try the chocolate cheese danish! ) They do gangbusters business too.

                                                          1. re: njmarshall55

                                                            19-09 Fair Lawn Ave., in the small strip with Petak's and The Brunch Club.

                                                        1. I agree, B&W is the best for crumbcake and jelly donuts. For general bakery treats, I head down the road to the Market Basket. I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the Belmont Bakery in North Haledon.

                                                          Market Basket
                                                          300 Sicomac Ave Ste 2, Wyckoff, NJ 07481

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                                                          1. re: scholar399

                                                            YES YES YES!!! Belmont Bakery is my favorite bakery in Northern NJ, and I've mentioned them a few times on this board. Good quality stuff, very nice about making special orders, and their prices may be the best in the state. I went there the other day and they were having a $6.25 special on their buttercream layer cakes, and the regular price is $9.95. Most bakeries in this area will charge $16-$18 for a layer cake, or you may be able to get a "bettercreme" (yeech) cake at a supermarket for $14 or $15. The only problems with them is the storefront is on the small side, which limits what they have available each day, and they are kind of in the middle of nowhere. But they still rock, and once you learn where they are and try their stuff, you won't mind going there.

                                                            1. re: zhelder

                                                              Where is the Belmont Bakery located?

                                                              1. re: syber

                                                                Belmont Avenue in North Haledon... just down the street from the Tides (if that helps at all)

                                                                1. re: syber

                                                                  1237 Belmont Avenue, North Haledon.

                                                                  Their website is http://www.thebelmontbakery.com

                                                              2. re: scholar399

                                                                Only complaint I have about B&W crumb cake is that it dries out as soon as you get it home. Not very moist at all.

                                                                1. re: njmarshall55

                                                                  I find the B&W Coffee Cake to be more of a Danish/Bread consistency and not like Cake at all.....

                                                              3. How is Balthazar Bakery (Englewood) these days? Haven't heard much about it in a couple of years...

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                                                                1. re: menton1

                                                                  I got to Balthazar at least once a week. They have this large potato onion bread for $8 which i think is one of the best tasting breads I've ever had. Their baguette quality is diminishing...not the best but I still pick them up...
                                                                  On Saturdays, they have caneles which I love so I usually buy them...their desserts are ok...kinda overpriced. And of course their sticky buns are still to die for. =)
                                                                  I don't think there is any bakery in Northern NJ who makes better bread than Balthazar.

                                                                2. I recently discovered Just Desserts on Lafayette Ave. in Hawthorne. They make the very best red velvet cakes and chocolate cakes. It's a place where you would go for a great, old-fashioned, tastes like grandma baked it, high--quality cake. Here's their link: www.justdessertsnj.com

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                                                                  1. re: maryanne06

                                                                    i second just desserts... they are a great bakery. More cakes and desserts... not morning bakery items, but great desserts.

                                                                  2. It's not North Jersey, but just hop on the GSP north and get off at Nanuet for ROCKLAND BAKERY. It's open 24/7, 365 days a year. Every kind of pastry, cookie, cake (Seven Layer is my own personal favorite) imaginable. If that's not enough you must go in the back room for some fresh bread. Grab your plastic gloves off the table and head in back bagels, rolls, challah and whatever else they're baking that day. You won't be disappointed.

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                                                                    1. re: madbobmom

                                                                      The Rockland Bakery website states these as their hours...

                                                                      Sunday - Friday
                                                                      6:00 AM - 10:30 PM

                                                                      6:00 AM - 12:00 AM (midnight)

                                                                      Not quite 24/7.

                                                                      Also, the best place for dessert wasn't open when this thread began in 2009. It is Sook Pastry in Ridgewood, NJ. http://www.sookpastry.com/

                                                                      1. re: Bosmer

                                                                        I have heard a lot of good things about Sook. I am going to have to check it out.