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I found great real rye bread in NJ!

Ever since my favorite local bakery closed a number of years ago I have been in search of some good, authentic Brooklyn style Jewish rye bread. I am in Morris County and although there are plenty of bakeries in the area none have a great rye bread. I have been so desperate for it at times whenever I have to go into Manhattan, I make it a point of hitting up Zabars just to pick up a couple of loves to put in my freezer. This past week I had a meeting at Rutgers in New Brunswick, and since I was in the area and knew that there was such a large Orthodox community in neighboring Highland Park, I thought I take a short drive (5 min) to see what I could find. I stumbled upon Ofi Yofi on the main drag, Raritan Ave (aka rte 27) it is a small shop only a couple of blocks from the intersection of 622 and 27. The bakery is kosher, and it has the best rye bread ever, with that perfect crunchy crust and plenty of seeds. Their rye definitely rivals the best I have had from Brooklyn! I know that there have been previous thread of those searching high and low for great rye bread, so I thought I'd share my find. Enjoy!

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  1. Thanks for the tip about Ofi Yofi. We have had great rye bread from The Bread Company in Montclair, but I don't believe that it's kosher.

    1. This is the story here in New Jersey. All the great stuff is here - somewhere. Finding it is the trick.

      Thanks for the tip.

      1. Thank you. I do stop in to the HP Farmer's Market after Labor Day most Fridays and I'll be sure to check this out. Haven't had great Jewish rye here in NJ since Seitz's Bakery in South River went out of business.

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        1. re: JustJake

          The one thing I would caution about Ofi Yofi is that they close early...most days at 4 and I think earlier on Fri (closed on Sat. of course) I got there around noon and they only had one loaf of rye left, so I recommend going early in the mornings! I was thinking of calling them in advance next time and asking if they could put aside a couple of loaves for me seeing as I am traveling so far, but not sure if they would go for it - maybe if I become a regular and flirt a bit with the counter help, lol!

          1. re: JustJake

            If you remember Seitz's, you will also remember Magara's.... not as good as the black seed rye from seitz's... but the white rolls were better. I will have to drop in at Ofi Yofi next time I am in the neighborhood.

          2. Have been searching for years around Monmouth County and have yet to find a loaf of rye bread with crust that would make my gums bleed... :-(

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            1. re: equal_Mark

              For rye bread crust that will make your gums bleed, try this tip from the old owners of Irv's Deli in Neptune who had great rye bread. Buy it unsliced and slip it into a screaming hot oven for about a minute. That will toast the crust without cooking the inside. Great way to crisp up a bad loaf of rye. Here in Monmouth County a good place for rye bread is Freedman's bakery.
              http://www.dinetheshore.blogspot.com

            2. The absolute best bread in Bergen County is still Balthazar in Englewood. Worth a special trip.

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              1. re: menton1

                Balthazar has wonderful bread, but, with all due respect, they don't have (or even claim to have) Jewish rye.

                1. re: DMR5713

                  Sure. For Jewish Rye just drive 2 towns over to Teaneck, and go to Butterflake on Cedar Lane.

                  1. re: menton1

                    I live in Teaneck, and Butterflake's never impressed me that much when I first tried it years ago. Someone else told me that they're rye bread has lately improved a lot, though, so I'll have to give it another try.

                    1. re: DMR5713

                      Eh, so I tried their rye bread last month (sorry I didn't get to posting until now). Lots of caraway seeds (that's the good news), but not much rye flavor and not that touch of sourness that good Jewish rye bread should have. I'll try their corn rye one of these days, but their rye bread doesn't do much for me. Not terrible, just not what a good Jewish rye should be.