Red Ribbon Bakery about to open in Woodside
Red Ribbon is a chain of Filipino bakeries, and I've had ample experience with their branches in LA. I have a soft spot for their mango cake, as well as their ube cake, so I find it exciting that they're opening nearby at the corner of 65th and Roosevelt.
65-02 Roosevelt Ave.
Woodside, NY 11377
re: el jefe
Yes, they are offering the savory dishes. Coming from out-of-state, I was surprised I never heard of this place on Chowhound because there were so many people lined up here. But it just opened last week. I just happened upon it because I was spending the day trying to get some perspective on all the research I had done regarding Roosevelt Ave. I've driven down Roosevelt a few times and stopped at a few places but never actually walked the Chowhound crawl. I was the only non-Asian person both visits so the word isn't out into the mainstream foodie world, I would imagine.
If I were you, I'd wait a month until things settled down. I went the next day after spending another Chow day in Flushing and figured I would stop by and try a slice of their cake and a cup of coffee. There weren't selling coffee. I think they were just too overwhelmed with customers.
I brought home a slice of the acclaimed mango cake and ube cake. (From their brochure, LA Times cite it as the best of LA) I like mango but I didn't care for this cake. I did like the ube cake. Similar to the purple cake at Krystals but they use more whip cream between the layers of cake. Mango and ube cakes are very light.
Also tried the French sponge cake with mocha. These are all pre-packaged. Very good and very light.
Didn't try the savories. I suspect they are not cooked to order and just re-heated. The baked macaroni looked like a sad version of lasagna.
Place was a zoo so you don't even think you could get a seat.
For me, I would make the trek from Manhattan, but I have a history with the chain and especially their mango cake. It would be akin to Tommy's opening in NY, I guess.
And Trader Joe's already came to town.
In LA, I'm not sure I would make a special trip for Red Ribbon. There are other rival Filipino bakery chains in LA as well, so you can check out a few of them.
It is worth trekking, but not necessarily for red ribbon. Within several blocks is Sripraphai, Tia Julia, Fil-Am Market, Krystal's, Renee's and Ihawan. Fritzee's Bake Shop (with turo turo) has opened near 69St.
Red Ribbon was still crowded yesterday. I attribute the popularity to Filipino nostalgia for these chains. The Jolibee opening was a sensation. I asked a small group of Filipino's in Fritzie's their opinion. Fritzee's food was as good as Krystal's but cheaper. The baked goods were all about the same quality.
Philippine Bread House in Jersey City is the real standout. The hot, fresh pan de sal is so good that you would be tempted to each the entire bag immediately. They make excellent cakes. They have a good variety of specialties with ube, coconut and such wrapped in cellophane. These are probably similar to the cellophane wrapped items at red ribbon and Fil-Am market.