Seeking a Good Bakery in Boerum Hill/Cobble Hill/Brooklyn Heights
Moved to Brooklyn recently and while I've found a good butcher (Paisano's is just a block away from me on Smith) and a place for sweets (One Girl), I have found nowhere to buy fresh bread and rolls.
Any ideas? Nothing has jumped out at me in the last five months.
Now that spring is here, take a walk down to Carroll Gardens, to Mazzola's on the corner of Union and Henry.
Whoa. That's a first, because the hood is crawling with good bakeries. I mean per sq foot it must have the most of any neighborhood in Brooklyn! Mazzola on Henry, Caputos on Court, a few doors down is Monteleone/Cammareri (sp?), Brooklyn Bread Co on Court, Stinky on Smith, Marquet Patisserie on Court. That's a start.
Yes. Many bakeries to choose from. Nothing on the level of, say, Sullivan St. Bakery, but good enough. Most do certain things better than others.
The olive bread, double sesame and ciabatta at Caputo's are quite good.
Marquet for French baguette.
Mazzola makes good morning pastry-type items.
Court St. bakery for Italian sweets and ices.
Oh...and if you ever want to take a walk over to Red Hook, Baked is a really fun place. Kicks One Girl's butt.
There are also breads up at Damascus Bakery and Sahadi, on Atlantic Avenue.
Brooklyn Bread, on Court down in the numbered streets, is a Royal Crown Bakery outlet (wet dough chewy country italian types) Mazzola has some very good breads too.
The croissants and other baked items at La Petite Provence on Smith are good. (The restaurant is not.)
A little farther afield, Betty Bakery on Atlantic near Nevins has wonderful butter cookies by the pound (cheaper than One Girl, if not as intense) and fabulous cakes. I'm particularly fond of the orange chocolate bundt cake, which you can buy by the slice.
There is nothing finer than fresh pita bread at Damascus Bakery. You'll never buy that cardboard grocery store crap again. A lot of people love his baklava and other middle-eastern sweets, too. Well-behaved visiting children get little donut cookies gratis.
Paisano's is wonderful and so is One Girl, both well chosen.
For breads, we tend to go with Stinky, Cobblestone Foods (both bring in excellent breads every morning). Union Market on Court St is a new option with a bakery section sourced from various vendors around the city.
As others have pointed out, there are a variety of great old school Italian bakeries on Court St (check out the pork store while you're down that way too, I love that place). And agree on Damascus...we got there every few days it seems for fresh pita and hummos (our toddler's current obsession).
If you take a short walk to Bk Hts, there's a Garden of Eden on Montague with a good bakery section too. And there's a bakery at the Borough Hall Farmer's Market typically, sometimes two of them (tuesdays and saturdays are the market and I think it's running somewhat during the cold months? you'll defn want to check it out when it gets warmer for local veg).