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i recently moved to the e. village after last having lived in montreal -- i'm used to always having been a stone's throw away from great bread. wondering if anyone has any suggestions on bakeries in the area (much more concerned about bread than pastries).

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  1. Several places stock excellent breads--Russo's Mozzarella, 11 St, between First and Second Ave., has very good Italian loaves; St. Mark's grocer on 8th Street between Third and Second carries breads from Tom Cat and Balthazaar...Moishe's Bakery on 7th Street and 2nd Ave has excellent rye and corn rye breads; East Village Butcher on 9th Street and 2nd Ave carries Eastern European style breads...

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    East Village Meat Market
    139 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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

    Russo's Mozzarella and Pasta
    344 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

    St. Marks Market
    21 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

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    1. re: penthouse pup

      Revisiting this thread -- I've been relying on Moishe's mostly for my everyday toast/sandwich needs, their rye bread is reliable but nothing spectacular. Baczynski's (E. Village Meat Market) sells some heartier ryes, but not my go to for bread. Been going there since I was old enough to remember and still wish they gave me a piece of kabanos as I waited like they used to when I was a kid. But let's stick to bread here -- St. Mark's Market sells Tom Cat & Balthazar breads, about which I've heard great reviews from CHers, but the freshness at St. Mark's is questionable, and the baguette has no "audible" crust, something that I'm missing bigtime.

      Every time I'm at EV Cheese, there seems to be one stale baguette left. Not going to rely on it.

      Can anyone vouch for the bread from Tarallucci e vino. If I don't want E European style bread and seek something fresh and crusty, am I resigned to having to walk south of Houston? I feel like good bread should always be right around the corner.

      muk

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      East Village Meat Market
      139 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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

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

      St. Marks Market
      21 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

      1. re: markiank

        Definitely don't rely on EV Cheese for fresh baguettes (I think I mentioned that in my post below).

        Does Barnyard on Avenue C sell bread?
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/541609

        There's always Whole Foods and Le Pain Quotidien I suppose....

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

        Whole Foods
        95 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

        Barnyard
        149 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

        1. re: markiank

          Last time I bought bread at Taralluci e vino it was from Amy's. Good, crusty, a little overpriced.

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          Tarallucci e Vino
          163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

      2. Everything Penthouse Pup said. Also, I haven't tried the loaves for take-home but I've had the bread in sandwiches at Vandaag, and they were good. Mostly beer-based, interesting selection. If I made sandwiches at home I'd give them a whirl, but alas, most breads I purchase wind up only half-used before going stale.

        A short walk into Soho (depending where you're starting from) you've got Balthazar Bakery for French and Bottega Falai for Italian breads. Pain D'Avignon in the Essex Market (Lower East Side) is also good and a short walk. Finally, there's always Whole Foods Bowery.

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        Balthazar
        80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

        Whole Foods
        95 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

        Vandaag
        103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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

        Bottega Falai
        267 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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        1. re: sgordon

          Penthouse Pup and sgordon covered the territory very well... I would add Taralucci e Vino, who carries bread from Amy's, Momofuku Milk Bar for sweet and savory non-bread items, and the Bread Alone stand at the Tuesday greenmarket in front of Saint Mark's Church (10th and 2nd Ave).
          I'm wary of Vandaag, as they charge about twice what you pay for Balthazar breads at Saint Mark's market. (My Vandaag experiences here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/789530 ) That being said I trust sgordon's judgement and it might just come down to how much bread you're willing to pay for your bread.

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          Tarallucci e Vino
          163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

          St. Mark's Church Greenmarket
          2nd Ave and E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

          Momofuku Milk Bar
          251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

          Vandaag
          103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

        2. How about Panya? I personally have not had it, but I've heard good things.

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          Panya
          8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

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          1. re: MWinston

            Their bread is very very soft--almost Wonderbread style--which is why I didn't mention but sometimes, that will meet a craving...Generally, the "new" Panya (rebuilt, enlarged) is not as good in my opinion as the old one--different bakers especially evident in many of their cakes and small sweets...

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            Panya
            8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

          2. 9th Street bakery on 9th and first makes great Eastern European bread and is very well priced.

            East Village cheese carries baguettes from Balthazar.

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            Ninth Street Bakery
            350 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

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

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            1. re: melo7

              Be careful of the EV Cheese Balthazar baguettes--a friend bought one and it was hard and stale.

              1. re: kathryn

                EV Cheese sells their own baguettes and Balthazar baguettes. I've bought both and never got a stale loaf but I certainly don't doubt it could happen.

                1. re: melo7

                  Ah, this was marked as a Balthazar one. I'll clarify in my post. Thanks!

                2. re: kathryn

                  Be careful of anything sold at EV Cheese, but the great bargains make the occasional carbon-datable item worth the risk.

                  1. re: hungrycomposer

                    For example, they sell Boursin at a very low price--and the sell-by date looks very different than the one you will find in a regular (over-priced) supermarket where the marking is clearly from the manufacturer...However, I do admit to buying it and it's been fine...but still, I wonder what that's all about...

                3. re: melo7

                  Update on 9th Street Bakery: It's closing by early next month ... http://evgrieve.com/2013/05/the-end-i...

                  http://9thstbakery.com