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Best Black & Whites

Who makes them best? I'm talking not to sweet icing, not to tough (nor to cakey) cookie, not too...well stale.

Points for Mid-Town...but I will travel for the best one.

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  1. Someone will inevitably suggest Glaser's and W Greenberg, both on the UES.

    I can't vouch for Greenberg's B&W, but I can tell you everything I've had there has been great. Glaser's, on the other hand, is awful. I wish it weren't so, because it's a cool old-school type of place, and a UES institution. But the baked goods there are uniformly terrible: cloyingly sweet, and just strange tasting.

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    1. re: Bone Thug n Hominy

      I was about to say William Greenberg. I'm not a huge fan of B&W cookies and thought theirs were pretty good.

      1. re: uwsister

        I like B&Ws, and also agree on William Greenberg - they're on the cakey side of the fence, but still have a good bite, and the frosting is very good, with clearly distinguishable chocolate and vanilla flavors. Haven't had Donut Pub's, though, which definitely sound worth a try.

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        Donut Pub
        203 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

    2. It's a moving target. Changes from year to year, time of day you shop, which stores remain open, change shelf policy etc. My own list changes every year (back to liking it fresh at Pick a Bagel at this point, and was underwhelmed by Wm Greenberg's last week. Zaros has recovered).

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      1. re: addictedtolunch

        I have been pleasantly surprised by Pick a Bagel's B&W numerous times. My standby is Moishe's but it's definitely on the cakier side. Plus it's got a lemony kick.

        1. re: windycity

          Love Moishe's, but I'm going to have to try Donut Pub now...

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          Donut Pub
          203 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

          1. re: windycity

            Got a B&W at Pick A Bagel today and it was really good and fresh - not too cakey, just right. I was going to save it for breakfast tomorrow, but it's all gone now.

        2. my favs donut pub. but it is a lttle on the cakier side

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          1. re: daffyduck

            The best black and white does NOT change year to year or by time of day or anything else. The best is DONUT PUB. Period. DONUT PUB PERIOD. It's sublime.

            1. re: jenhen2

              couldn't agree more on Donut Pub, probably the best B&W i've had ever. I think about them daily.

              www.immaculateinfatuation.com

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              Donut Pub
              203 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

              1. re: iFat

                Crud. I went down there today to try them out, but got distracted by the marble cruller and cinnamon old fashioned.

                1. re: Bone Thug n Hominy

                  I KNOW!!! It's so easy to get distracted in there! But you'll be very pleased if you can force yourself to focus, or, better yet, get one to go and have it later. Somehow, mine never last through the subway ride back to Astoria....

                  1. re: jenhen2

                    This was not the first time I went in for something else and ended up with that same combo. I'm even worse at Peter Pan (which I think makes the best donuts in the city*).

                    *I have not yet tried Holey Cream.

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                    Holey Cream
                    796 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                  2. re: Bone Thug n Hominy

                    i like their mini donuts better than their regular ones. i think my favorite is the red velvet mini donut. the old guy there is cool and always gives me a free donut when i go cause i get so many things lol. btw their oreo muffins pretty good too.

                  3. re: iFat

                    Absolutely second Donut Pub, always my favorite,not to mention that they're open 24 hours and they have some kickass donuts too while you're there.

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                    Donut Pub
                    203 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

                    1. re: fishermb

                      Stopped at Donut Pub tonight just to try a black and white. Our consensus (me and Mrs. Striver) was that the cookie part was very good for those who prefer the cake-type cookie, and the vanilla side was flavorful. However, the chocolate side was lighter on the flavor, and was not chocolatey enough. Bottom line: we still prefer William Greenberg's.

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                      Donut Pub
                      203 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

              2. I am partial to Junior's in Grand Central.

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                1. re: iluvcookies

                  I swung by Juniors in GCT last week and must say...it is the best black & white I have ever had. The only one that comes close is a black & white I had from a Shoprite in the 'burbs.

                2. strange as it seems...pick a bagel 23rd and third

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                  1. re: mindy

                    Yeah but when they are stale it's really really bad. You can tell which ones are more stale by cracks in the frosting. I'd like to find a more consistent place.