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Bread thrift stores- do these exist here?

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CarmenR Jun 1, 2010 06:54 PM

This is more of a homecooking thing, but do bread thrift stores exist in the five boroughs? I now it would be expensive with rents the way they are in the city, but considering that some bakeries and manufacturing/butchering still exists in the city and outer boroughs it can't seem that far-fetched... google told me nothing! Maybe proper thrifts don't exist, but does anyone know of commercial bakeries that maybe have good end-of-day sales? (Note- chinatown bakeries are not included- I know those deals and am mostly looking for "regular" types of bread to cook with.) Brooklyn suggestions also welcome!!

  1. bigjeff Jun 1, 2010 08:22 PM

    there are still Entenmann's bakeries with sale stuff and, I kinda remember in Bayside that there was an Arnold outlet or something like that. A quick search yields this info but I haven't been there in about 10 years so I don't remember:

    Arnold Bakers Thrift Store
    213-16 48th avenue (?)
    Bayside, NY 11359
    (718)423-0775

    1. goodhealthgourmet Jun 1, 2010 08:47 PM

      all of the bread & bakery thrift/outlet stores (Arnold, Wonder-Hostess, Freihofer) are outside the city - mostly in Queens, LI & NJ.

      1. bigjeff Jun 2, 2010 05:49 AM

        where are the chinatown deals?! they used to be more consistent with some of their percentage-off deals at the end of the day; the only consistent one I know is that place on Canal, across the street from Starbucks, but their stuff isn't good. And, the place on the north side of Grand right before Eldridge, that also sells cut-rate chinese BBQ meat; their buns at the end of the day are 3 for a dollar and . . . not that good either.

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          kathryn Jun 2, 2010 08:58 AM

          East Village Cheese Shop often has discount Balthazar bread -- it can be stale but if you're making, like, croutons, it probably won't matter.

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          East Village Cheese
          40 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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            shp Jun 2, 2010 12:02 PM

            Jacks 99 cent stores (mainly the one on 32nd & Broadway) generally get a bread shipment once a week from manufacturers like Arnold's or Peppridge Farm. The bread is not past its expiration date; it's fresh and a fraction of supermarket price. I don't know which day the shipments come in.

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              uwsister Jun 2, 2010 04:31 PM

              I've bought some good quality (fresh, not stale) breads and cookies like Jules Destrooper Thins and some high-end brand wafers (brand name escapes me at the moment) for 99 cents at Jack's. The key is to stay away from stuff they always have (brands you've never heard of) and focus on name brand stuff you don't see there all the time, it's usually one-time thing so take advantage of the bargain!

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                bigjeff Jun 2, 2010 04:46 PM

                ya that is a funny store with crazy sourcing and turnover. I try to avoid it because otherwise . . . . it would just get out of control.

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              barberinibee Jun 2, 2010 02:18 PM

              I don't know why google told you nothing. I did a google search for bread thrift stores bronx and got one for a Wonder Bread thrift store, likewise for Queens and got one for Arnold's in Flushing.

              If you do a search for "day old bakeries Brooklyn" you'll also get hits.

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                gutsofsteel Jun 2, 2010 02:32 PM

                Eli's breadbaking facllity puts their day old bread outside for free every evening.

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                  aunteejoy Jun 2, 2010 03:21 PM

                  There is an Entenmenn's on Broadway & 231st St in the Bronx - just steps from the 1 train.

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