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I usually give to my favorite customers chocolate babka or chocolate coffee cake from NY at December holiday time. I began years ago giving Green's or Zabars chocolate babka.

The past 2 or 3 years I have given Delancey Desserts Russian coffee cake.

Everyone is always thrilled with the gift.

I am tempted to give this year Wm. Greenberg's chocolate babka. I haven't had it but I've had enough of WG's stuff to know he is an ace.

My question is . . . is Wm. Greenberg's chocolate (or cinnamon) babka really good enough to spend $33 for two of them plus a hugely inflated shipping fee (I live in Florida)? I am happy to do it if the product is over the top. Is Greenberg's babka that good?

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  1. I think Green's (sold at Zabar's and at Russ & Daughters) is the best in Manhattan. Otherwise go to Greenpoint in Brooklyn (post on the outer boroughs board).

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    Russ & Daughters
    179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      fairway has the best babka-made at koff's bakery. Just fantastic. comes packed in clamshell so it makes it easy to ship. the one in NJ sells for $6.99

      1. re: gutsofsteel

        I still think Greens is the best you can get it directly at www.greenscakes.com for a good price

        1. re: lweis

          Second that... (till I find better sticking with Greens)

      2. I walked quite a few miles in NY to get to Wm Greenberg's, took my loot home to PA... (ex bklyn girl here) and oh how disappointing... terrible taste to the chocolate and an after taste too that repeats... so i turned to a few other sources and Greens Babka (you can order on their website if a store doesn't already get it near you) was much better than Greenbergs... I am not used to that chemical chocolate taste.. yuck. Greens Babka is not as great as Leon's Bakery (in Bklyn) but to date is as close as I have come to some type of Babka satisfaction. I just did my morning walk to work off the slice I ate this morning.. smile.

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        William Greenberg Jr. Desserts
        1100 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028

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        1. re: BKLYNGIRLRD

          My original post was a long time ago! Thanks for keeping this alive, BKLYNGIRLRD! BTW about a year ago I did get some Greenberg babka by mail to give as gifts. The quality of the babka was embarrassing. And WG's service is abysmal. I'm done with WG. Interested to try Fairway's babka. Ess gezunterheit!

          1. re: bowmgbo

            William Greenberg is a shadow of its former self, ever since it was sold.

        2. Eli's (80th & Third Ave) has delicious coffee cakes...especially the Russian coffee cake

          1. The search continues... so far Greens is the most edible, but still not Leon's Bakery quality.
            Has anyone heard of Wall's Bakery in Hewlett, NY
            Or
            IDA's Chocolate Babka (http://www.chocolate.com/products/cho...

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            Eli's Manhattan
            1411 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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            1. re: BKLYNGIRLRD

              aunt ida's seems to be kosher style,not kosher certified

              1. re: BKLYNGIRLRD

                I grew up with treats from Walls and I have had their chocolate babka and other items since then. I give it my very highest recommendation, unless things have changed drastically in the past year. There may be a possibility of delivery to Manhattan; I seem to have heard this somewhere so it might be worth a call. They are within a few blocks of the train station, if that helps. Their rye bread is fabulous, too.

              2. I would add a vote for Moishe's bakery in the East Village...

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                Moishe's Bake Shop
                115 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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                1. re: PotatoPuff

                  also the best hummintashin (sp.?)

                  1. re: PotatoPuff

                    I've always wanted to like Moishe's but the stuff all tastes like cardboard to me. I'm not a fan of Green's, either, which I find rather tasteless and dry textured. Eli's is very good, albeit quite expensive, and Dean & Deluca carries another one with their own label that is also very good.

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                    Moishe's Bake Shop
                    115 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003