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Oneg Heimishe Bakery Williamsburg; Amazing Chocolate Bread

driggs Oct 11, 2010 07:37 AM

Satmar Wiliamsburg is a bit slim pickings when it comes to food, except for this bakery. Amazing Chocolate bread, made with high quality chocolate swirled into a nice loaf. Its expensive (something like 15$ for a whole loaf), but worth it.

In addition they make a pretty mean Challah, and I believe its been debated on this board as one of the best in the city.

188 Lee ave (right near Rutledge)

I been coming here for over ten years. It may seem a bit unwelcoming from the outside, but everyone who works there is super sweet and loves to talk.

Here are two pictures from the bakery.



  1. Silverjay Nov 22, 2010 06:47 PM

    Oh, forgot to mention that I went here the other day. We were stuffed from lunch so we didn't pick up a babka, but we did get some little chocolate and cinnamon pastries that were excellent. The outer glaze was lightly caramelized. Very tasty. Also picked up some cookies and a simple cream donut that I really enjoyed. The cream was very mild, not too sweet. Will definitely return to try more treats.

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      falconress Nov 22, 2010 06:34 PM

      Sounds like what my family calls a kugelhopf (because my mom bakes it in a cast-iron kugelhopf mold that must weigh 10 lbs on its own, although I think genuine kugelhopf is something else), and most places call "kokosh," from da Hungarian, best translation I can think of is "cocoa'd cake," even though it's actually chocolate (the chocolate part is "wet," right, like a paste?).

      Being blessed to be a Hungarian daughter with a Hungarian mother and many Hungarian aunts, great-aunts, cousins, and honorary aunts, I don't know from store-bought kokosh, which I don't think I've ever tasted in my life, but when we make it, the chocolate yumminess is actually cocoa, sifted with sugar, spread out on buttered dough. The dough is rolled out flat and dotted generously with dabs of unsalted butter, then the cocoa-sugar mixture is spooned out over that. Sometimes we add chopped walnuts. All this yumminess turns into semi-melted chocolate when it's finished baking.

      Technically I supposed you could use margarine, but no one does because kokosh is a cake that's eaten with dairy meals (Sabbath mornings, mostly, in our family).

      I know the commercial cakes are made either "high," that is, with a yeast dough so they rise - I think that's the one usually labeled "babka." Then there's a flatter verson, dough rolled with the cocoa, it's only about two inches high at most. That one's usually labeled kokosh. I think it might be made without yeast.

      Our homemade kind is made with a yeast dough, of course.

      1. DaveCook Oct 13, 2010 08:31 AM

        I'd like to echo that earlier question by bobjbkln. Do you know, driggs, if Oneg Heimishe Bakery makes rye bread, corn bread, or, as our family used to call it, corn rye? If so, how does it stack up?

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        1. re: DaveCook
          driggs Oct 13, 2010 10:33 AM

          Sorry, no they dont.

          Oh, here is a NYT article that mentions the Babka and some other places in the area.

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            driggs Oct 18, 2010 07:59 AM

            Hmm, link did not make it; let me try again

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          motl Oct 12, 2010 10:05 AM

          I haven't tried this particular babka -- though I mean to now -- but for what it's worth, I've always been very partial to the chocolate babka made by Strauss Bakery on 13th avenue in Boro Park. Has anyone else tried it?

          Strauss Bakery
          5115 13th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11219

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          1. re: motl
            driggs Oct 12, 2010 11:30 AM

            I have had both, and prefer the Babka at Oneg; the quality of the chocolate is better. I find the Strauss Babka is a bit more like a pastry, less like a bread. Not my style, but some might prefer that.

            Both areas are fascination to walk around though, not just for food.

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            brooklynkoshereater Oct 11, 2010 07:50 PM

            I want a pic of the chocolate loaf!

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            1. re: brooklynkoshereater
              driggs Oct 12, 2010 07:09 AM

              I dont have a picture, but they have nice one on this page.


              1. re: driggs
                Silverjay Oct 12, 2010 07:21 AM

                Oooohhhh, chocolate babka!...Was wondering what the hell you were talking about with "chocolate bread"....Nice find.

                1. re: Silverjay
                  driggs Oct 12, 2010 08:04 AM

                  Ha. should of just called it that, but my kids have known it as Chocolate Bread for over ten years. Its actually more bread like than most Babkas. Still a Babka is a Babka I guess

                  1. re: driggs
                    missmasala Oct 12, 2010 11:39 AM

                    Was going to ask if this babka was as good as the kugelhopf at andre's, but then read the serious eats link and got my answer.

                    have you had both? If so, what's your take? If Oneg's come close I'll try it--it's a lot closer and I don't get to andre's as much now that my grandma no longer lives nearby.

                    Also, how are Oneg's rugelach? have you tried them?

                    1. re: missmasala
                      driggs Oct 12, 2010 11:50 AM

                      I have had the Kugelhopf at Andre's. I aint a big pastry fan, so was not as into it as the Babka. Thats me though. If you like croissants and the such, then kugelhopfs is probably for you.

                      The Babka here is more of a chocolate loaf, less of a pastry than other Babkas.

                      1. re: driggs
                        daffyduck Oct 12, 2010 10:48 PM

                        yeah the kugelhopf at andre's is like a babka and a croissant had a baby.

            2. bobjbkln Oct 11, 2010 07:46 PM

              Do they also make a great rye and/or corn bread? It would be nice not having to go down to Midwood or Borough Park for a great rye.

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