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Help me find the best bread bakeries in Manhattan

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I have a friend who is coming to visit from Egypt, and she adores bread and has even talked about wanting to open a bakery in Cairo. I would like to take her to some outstanding bread bakeries in Manhattan. We'll be all over the city, so location is not that important. Thanks.

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  1. Some of the best bread I've had is in restaurants. Are you willing to do that as well?

    Best restaurant bread baskets:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/700030

    Some thoughts:

    Sullivan St
    Grandaisy
    Pain D'avignon
    Blue Ribbon Bakery Market
    Balthazar
    Amy's Bread

    See also:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/780062
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/741252
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/510191
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/759313
    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/tags/b...

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    Sullivan Street Bakery
    533 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

    Balthazar
    80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

    Grandaisy Bakery
    73 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

    Blue Ribbon Bakery
    33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

    Amy's Bread
    250 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

    Pain D'Avignon
    120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

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    1. re: kathryn

      That's a very nice start, kathryn. Thanks for the list!

      1. re: kathryn

        Second all of the above.
        Grandaisy, Balthazar and Sullivan St. all have their own retail outlets that are well worth visiting.(Maybe Blue Ribbon and Amy's do as well.)

      2. Orwasher's is well worth visiting (even though it's not quite what it was under the original owners.)
        308 78th Street near 2nd Avenue.

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        1. re: penthouse pup

          Do you know if they still bake Jewish corn bread?

          1. re: roxlet

            They don't call it corn bread, but have jewish rye with seeds or without. Technically the round rye is corn rye because of the corn on the bottom of the bread.

        2. Silver Moon if you will be in UWS.

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          Silver Moon Bakery
          2740 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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          1. re: uwsister

            I second Silver Moon (though it has become quite costly.) Their rustic baguette is the best I've found in Manhattan.

          2. I absolutely love Tulu. It's gluten free but so amazing.

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            Tu-Lu's
            338 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003