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cookiebitch Oct 27, 2011 02:43 PM

Hi guys,

I'm a baker / pastry chef visiting NY in a few weeks time, and would love to know what are the best / most interesting bakeries and pastry shops around? Other than Milkbar (which is the only one I can think of at the moment...) Don't have to be limited to the outer boroughs

Thanks for your help

ps and if you could reccomend good farmers markets too, cheers!

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  1. johnk RE: cookiebitch Oct 27, 2011 03:28 PM

    Artopolis in Astoria, Queens is an interesting place.
    Have fun in NYC!
    Regards,
    johnk

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    Artopolis
    23-18 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

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      Glendale is hungry RE: cookiebitch Oct 28, 2011 02:32 AM

      Hi cookiebitch,

      I recommend that you check out a neighborhood in Brooklyn called Red Hook. There, amidst the tumbledown, still-scruffy atmosphere, you will find a place called Baked (359 Van Brunt Street), where I hope you will try a chocolate whoopie pie.

      A few blocks to the west is the waterfront area and Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies (at 204 Van Dyke St). There's a retail counter but I'm not sure of the hours. I've picked up a "swingle" there on occasion. A swingle is a frozen piece of key lime pie on a stick that has been dipped in dark bittersweet chocolate. (since you're nearby, check out Louis Valentino Park at the end of Coffey Street for the view of the Statue of Liberty, also don't miss the ancient trolley cars down by the Fairway supermarket at the end of Van Brunt Street - yep, this is a pretty interesting area)

      In Jackson Heights, there is Cannelle Patisserie, a place that has garnered quite a bit of praise for various French items.

      In Flushing, I like Paris Baguette, a Korean chain that specializes in interesting French-Asian hybrid baked goods. They are freshly made and are well labeled with the ingredients they use. However, I caution you. There on some on this board (Cannelle lovers usually) who think Paris Baguette is worse than Hitler. I don't know why...

      In Woodside along Roosevelt Avenue, you can find Philippino bakeries selling bright purple Ube cake among other ethnic baked specialties. Red Ribbon is a chain but there are others that are not and which are probably better. I can't vouch for what bakery is the best here since I haven't explored them that extensively.

      I hope this helps you out!

      Enjoy your stay in the City and please don't spend all of your time in Manhattan. The Outer Boroughs have some of the most interesting (and often authentic) ethnic food in New York.

      Ciao,

      Glendale is hungry...

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      Baked
      359 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      Cannelle Patisserie
      75-59 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11370

      Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies
      204 Van Dyke St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      Red Ribbon Bakeshop
      65-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

      Paris Baguette
      136-20 38th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

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        cookiebitch RE: Glendale is hungry Oct 28, 2011 12:53 PM

        Hi Glendale, thanks so much for your insight, your list sounds pretty wicked! I have a couple book from Baked and like their stuff, is there anyone else like them around?

        P.s. I plan to pretty much stay outta Manhattan this time round, i didnt get to hit up Brooklyn at all the last time I visited, and I think a loooooot has popped up there since.

        Thanks again

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          cazique RE: cookiebitch Oct 28, 2011 01:17 PM

          Glendale is leading you the right way. Baked is either one of the best or THE best.

          A sampling of some of my faves:

          I quite enjoy One Girl Cookies on Dean St. near Smith, for their cookies, cupcakes and whoopie pies. The best cupcakes in the area, for my money, in an area with a lot of them (most of which are pretty eh).

          Around the corner, Bien Cuit (Smith St.) is making very good pastries, I've only tried them a couple of times but have been very satisfied. Same with the home-made Italian pastries at Catania (Atlantic/Court-Clinton).

          If you like pastries perhaps you also like ice cream, check out Blue Marble on Court. They also have Baked brownies.

          My favorite bread bakery is Mazzola at Union and Henry - don't let the opportunity pass to try their "lard bread" (I guess it's made with lard, but most notable for the chunks of salami baked in). That's just one of the bakeries in Carroll Gardens - everyone has his preference, and no one of them is right or wrong. Mazzola's the one thing I miss most about being right around the corner when I lived in CG.

          And on 7th Avenue near 9th St. in Park Slope is 7th Avenue Donuts, which is a regular old luncheonette/coffee shop that makes its own donuts and they're good. Not artisanal, not fancy, just regular old 80-cent donuts to get with a cup of coffee. They have good diner food too.

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          Baked
          359 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          Mazzola Bakery
          192 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          Seventh Avenue Donuts
          324 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

          One Girl Cookies
          68 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Blue Marble Ice Cream
          196 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Catania
          193 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Bien Cuit
          120 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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            Pookipichu RE: cookiebitch Oct 28, 2011 01:31 PM

            Baked is worth visiting with a caveat. They often sell out of their cakes, sometimes as early as mid-afternoon and their cupcakes are not worth making a trip. Also, they've been bad about alternating their best flavors. The past few years if they even have cake, they always seem to be their weak cakes: malt, pistachio, lemon cake, etc. Their best flavors are sweet & salty, red hot, grasshopper, coconut and diner dark. Lastly the staff has been very obnoxious and surly my last few visits. I still remember the old staff from when they first opened, they were warm, friendly and happy.

            Cannelle is worth a trip, their praline cake is wonderful, the paris brest, the cherry or guava or passionfruit danish (depending on the day) are phenomenal. Almond croissant and coco fraise are delicious. The texture of their red velvet cake is gummy and unappealing. Their tiramisu can be unbalanced and too liquidy. Their bread pudding, oddly enough, has no cinnamon, something that would really cut through the richness, and something I have mentioned multiple times. They said, no promises, they might introduce cinnamon in their fall bread pudding.

            Artopolis has the best baklava and melomakarona. The coconut and pistachio baklava are really delicious. The galaktobboureko is very good, but a bit sweet for me.

            Little Oven has a delicious sakura cake, candied cherry blossom in gelee with green tea sponge cake. Their cupcakes and coconut cake are a bit weak and their mille-feuille crepe cake, while impressive to look at and pleasantly understated in sweetness, it has little flavor. Their macarons are well-made.

            Sweet Melissa has delicious bee stings when they are fresh and haven't been sitting all day to dry out.

            Four & Twenty Blackbirds has scrumptious cherry pie in classic Americana style. Their slices tend to be a bit stingy though.

            Manducatis Rustica has fresh filled cannolis that can't be beat and beautiful sfogliatelle. I would avoid much else. Their strawberry cake always has a weird raspberry flavor.

            Monaco's has delicious struffoli and ricotta cake. Old world style and really good bakery, especially compared to its neighbor the Little Cupcake Shop which is blindingly sweet.

            The only good Asian bakery is Minamoto Kitchoan in Manhattan. If you go, try the seasonal specials, they tend to be better and often less sweet than the regular offerings.

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            Baked
            359 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

            Little Cupcake Bakeshop
            9102 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

            Sweet Melissa
            276 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

            Sweet Melissa
            175 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

            Artopolis
            23-18 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

            Cannelle Patisserie
            75-59 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11370

            Manducatis Rustica
            46-31 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101

            Four & Twenty Blackbirds
            439 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

            Monaco's
            8511 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

            Little Oven
            12-07 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101

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              cookiebitch RE: Pookipichu Oct 28, 2011 01:40 PM

              Thanks cazique and pookipichu, I've started making a massive Brooklyn list! All the above help is greatly appreciated.

              I keep meaning to ask, is momofuku milkbar worth it or overhyped? and I know payard is in Manhattan but is that worth the hype too?

              Thanks again

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                Pookipichu RE: cookiebitch Oct 28, 2011 01:48 PM

                i think the flavors at milkbar are really gross and everything is overly sweet but there's an audience for that... palates vary, I like turnip and red bean pastries, crack pie not so much. Chikalicious is miles better than milkbar.

                As for Payard, it's not what it used to be. I wouldn't go for the macarons, some of the cakes are still executed well though and delicious. Vanilla marscapone with poundcake is so satisfying.

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                  morisaur RE: cookiebitch Oct 30, 2011 03:49 AM

                  i would agree about milkbar being, in some regards, overhyped. i hate their crack pie, it's way too sweet. the blueberry cookies used to be really good but now that they don't make them on the spot they aren't as fresh. the cake and cake truffles are pretty great, though. and i really love the cereal milk soft serve as well.

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                kathryn RE: cookiebitch Nov 4, 2011 09:32 PM

                From what you posted in the other thread it sounds like you didn't get the best of Manhattan though, so don't discount Manhattan.

                "last time I came to NY i only got to hit up Magnolia for cupcakes and like Crumbs and a small place in Harlem."

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              mig_nyc RE: cookiebitch Oct 28, 2011 09:42 PM

              I disagree with a lot of what has been said here.

              I will add that you should try calling ahead (day before or so) to Baked or anyplace where you want to be sure to taste something special, introduce yourself as a pastry chef, and ask them to save you a slice of The Special Variety You Crossed the Ocean to Sample. I'm sure they'd oblige.

              Now: Milkbar is perhaps interesting to you as a case study, but eating "crack pie" (which is nothing more than sugar in a crust - literally) and similarly oversweet, "ironic" twists on the worst aspects of American home dessert cooking gets tiring pretty quickly. I would skip it.

              Baked is worth a trip, and don't get it twisted - it's a HIKE out there (and I say that as a fellow Brooklynite.) But worth it.

              Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies is *not* worth a trip - not only is the product widely available elsewhere in NYC, the product is nothing special from a taste perspective. Also, the "retail experience" is poor. There is noplace to eat your pie unless it's warm outside to sit at their rickety picnic table ( in the middle of a parking lot), and they don't sell coffee to go with. Also, it's in bum fuck. Don't waste your precious time getting there and back.

              Bien Cuit in Cobble Hill - new but very good. Envelope-pushing but technically sound French pastry. Go!

              One Girl Cookies - I never had anything worth eating there. The appeal appears to be in the cutesy presentation, not the craft of flavor.

              Diner in Williamsburg has a very good pastry chef making seasonal American desserts. Recently I had a very good apple galette and a brown butter hazelnut cake with ricotta somethingorother on the side which was fantastic.

              I have to second the Blue Marble ice cream recommendation - to me it's an outstanding product. But perhaps Europeans, who haven't (generally speaking) grown up on processed hormone-injected overpasteurized poisoned milk as all Americans under the age of 50 have, might not find it so spectacular. I don't know.

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              Baked
              359 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

              Diner
              85 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

              One Girl Cookies
              68 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies
              204 Van Dyke St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

              Blue Marble Ice Cream
              196 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              Bien Cuit
              120 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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                cookiebitch RE: mig_nyc Oct 29, 2011 05:01 AM

                Thanks man, keep 'em coming! Everybodys recs and insight are damn helpful.

                I know Bubby's Pies isnt in Brooklyn, but again, worth the trip or overhyped??

                P.S. mig-nyc, I havent come visit in years, so my 'native' friend and i plan on hauling ass all over your fine borough, so any more suggestions you can think of, even if you think they might be in the ass end of nowhere?

                Cheers guys!

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                  cazique RE: cookiebitch Oct 29, 2011 06:45 AM

                  If you have a car, trip to Baked is worth it. If not, there's a bus that runs down Van Brunt and/or you can get Baked brownies (the salted one is my favorite) at Blue Marble. it's not the full selection, but it's a damn good brownie.

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                    kathryn RE: cookiebitch Nov 4, 2011 09:26 PM

                    There's a Bubby's in Brooklyn.
                    http://bubbys.com/brooklyn.html

                    You might be interested in First Prize Pies, I believe she sells the at the Essex Street Market at the Roni-Sue's shop, and they are also served at Fatty Cue.

                    Robicell's cupcakes are also Brooklyn-made.

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                    Bubby's Brooklyn
                    1 Main St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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                      cookiebitch RE: kathryn Nov 7, 2011 02:04 PM

                      thanks kathryn...is bubby's worth eating at? like other than the pie, just saw on their menu that they do brunch / lunch / dinner...

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                    cookiebitch RE: mig_nyc Nov 11, 2011 12:55 PM

                    Hey Mig, this may be a really stupid question, but is there a 'better' location of Milkbar to go to, or are they all pretty much the same?

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                      mig_nyc RE: cookiebitch Nov 11, 2011 01:04 PM

                      they're all the same.

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                        cookiebitch RE: mig_nyc Nov 11, 2011 01:08 PM

                        Figured as much! Thanks

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                        kathryn RE: cookiebitch Nov 11, 2011 08:05 PM

                        Go to the Brooklyn one--that is the commissary where they make everything now. Maybe they'll let you look around?

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                        Momofuku Milk Bar
                        382 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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                          cookiebitch RE: kathryn Nov 12, 2011 04:07 PM

                          great, thanks again kathryn...that would be cool to get a peek, hope they'll be ok with the idea

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                      versalgoodness RE: cookiebitch Oct 29, 2011 07:45 AM

                      For something interesting and kind of outlandish, I'd recommend SCRATCHbread in Bed-Stuy: they make breads and pastries with a bunch of unique flavor combinations I've never seen anywhere else (a plantain bread cake with mole streusel, for example). They're only open a few days a week (I think it's Wednesdays and weekends, but check the website), but if you have a car, it's definitely worth checking out for "experimental" baked goods.

                      Nearby, too, is a doughnutterie called Dough that specializes in, well, doughnuts (mostly yeast-risen doughnuts with a variety of flavored glazes: Cafe au Lait, Blood Orange, Earl Grey, etc.). It's a bit more upscale and new-school than the more traditional places like Peter Pan or Seventh Avenue Donuts, and definitely worth checking out if you're in the area, although I don't know if I'd call it a destination.

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                      Seventh Avenue Donuts
                      324 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                      Peter Pan Donut & Pastry
                      727 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                      SCRATCHbread
                      1069 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216

                      Dough
                      305 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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                        cookiebitch RE: versalgoodness Oct 29, 2011 11:15 AM

                        Thanks versalgoodness, i forgot you guys have 'artisinal' doughnutteries coming up over there that sound really interesting...the brooklyn list keeps getting bigger and bigger!

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                        saria RE: cookiebitch Oct 29, 2011 09:29 PM

                        For the farmer's market, try the Jackson Heights on Sunday, but you really should visit Union Square. I find during the cold months that Wednesday has the most interesting selection, though it's still early enough that Friday and Saturday are still good. I recommend Cayuga's various flours.

                        I would say to go to a Colombian bakery like La Casa del Pan for pandebono, buñuelos, and pandeyuca. Pretty much everyone I've ever had try pandebono was quickly smitten.

                        For baklava, I'm going to disagree with Artopolis (it's pretty sweet) and say that you check out Al-Sham on Steinway. For Greek-style, Ya-Ya's. Artopolis is worth checking out for other things, though.

                        Serious Eats did a breakdown of best bakeries in NYC for both American style and French style pastries. They also have a daily column called Sugar Rush which highlights noteworthy items. You may want to check it out for further suggestions.

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                        Artopolis
                        23-18 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

                        La Casa del Pan
                        33-18 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11103

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                          morisaur RE: saria Oct 30, 2011 04:03 AM

                          i'd take their sugar rush column with a grain of salt. i've found most of their recommendations to be pretty disappointing or just way too sweet for my taste.

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                            kathryn RE: morisaur Nov 4, 2011 09:26 PM

                            I have the exact opposite experience!

                        2. morisaur RE: cookiebitch Oct 30, 2011 04:00 AM

                          for me, the best and most interesting desserts i've had in ny and maybe anywhere were when alex stupak was at wd-50. i can't attest to whether or not it's at the same level now that he's gone, but i believe his sous-chef is currently executing the same menu. if you go you can do the dessert tasting menu, the savory can be skipped.

                          other than that i would also recommend baked, doughnut plant (specifically the creme brulee, blackout, and tres leches doughnuts), and certainly absolutely four & twenty blackbirds (which has amazing pie).

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                          Four & Twenty Blackbirds
                          439 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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                            cookiebitch RE: morisaur Oct 30, 2011 03:16 PM

                            Thanks for the suggestions morisaur and saria. The columbian bakery sounds really interesting, and there isnt much of a south american food anything in London (yet). I would aboslutely love to go to wd-50 but i think i might have to stick to less 'fancy' places this time round unfortunately! all the 'americana' bakeries sound great though.

                            I forgot to ask, do places like Baked and the like do any savoury stuff too? LIke their biscuits? Or is it just layer cakes, pies etc?

                            actually ignore that, just stupidly realised i can check their menu on their website...oops!

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                              kathryn RE: morisaur Nov 4, 2011 09:28 PM

                              I love Doughnut Plant but do note that the tres leches, blackout, etc. are the smaller cake doughnuts. NOT the larger chewy yeast raised ones.

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                                morisaur RE: kathryn Nov 4, 2011 09:51 PM

                                good point! the creme brulee doughnut is a yeast doughnut. other than that i'm not partial to their yeast doughnuts. if you want the yeast type i prefer the honey glaze at peter pan doughnuts in greenpoint.

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                              vegivore RE: cookiebitch Oct 30, 2011 03:51 PM

                              My advice would be to go to something like the Brooklyn Smorgasburg (assuming it's still going on when you arrive), so you can taste a lot of things in a fairly compact setting. Dough is often there among many others. If not, I believe the new Amsterdam market in Manhattan might be worth checking out. Or possibly the foodshed market in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. All of three also have farmer's markets, so you could check out local produce at the same time. And all three will have vendors that you probably won't find anywhere else.

                              Speaking of farmer's markets, if you go to the big one at union square, there's a vendor there that sells a really good Hungarian rice cake. I believe he's only there on Saturdays though..

                              Other bakeries--Milkbar has unique pastries. I generally don't like them, but others clearly do, judging by the constant lines. If nothing else, maybe they'll give you ideas? Kyotofu has interesting baked stuff. But they're in Manhattan. So is doughnut plant, which I would say is unmissable if you're interested in unusual doughnut flavors done well.

                              In terms of Brooklyn--Robicelli's often does creative cupcakes. So it might be worth checking out their lineup when you're in town. Also, as others have mentioned, Four and Twenty Blackbirds, and Baked are both really really good.

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                              Smorgasburg
                              27 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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                                cookiebitch RE: vegivore Oct 30, 2011 04:06 PM

                                thanks vegivore!! Just checked out the website for smorgasburg and i thankfully get in 2 days before the last event, so i think i might just be able to make it...the vendors look prety interesting so thanks again for the heads up.

                              2. Miss Needle RE: cookiebitch Oct 30, 2011 08:41 PM

                                Even though they are not my favorites, I really think you should visit Paris Baguette and Milk Bar (actually, I really dislike everything sweet, which is about 95% of the menu, at Milk Bar). Both bakeries are unique takes on American/European desserts. I feel it's important to visit these bakeries from a research point of view.

                                Ladybird for their blackout cake and Chocolate Room for the quintessential slice of chocolate cake. I also like the whoopie pies at Trois Pommes Patisserie.

                                Also agree with recs for Baked, Cannelle, Bien Cuit, Baked, Four and Twenty Blackbirds. And I pretty much agree with everything mig_nyc has said (except never have been to Diner).

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                                Baked
                                359 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                                Trois Pommes
                                260 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                                Ladybird Bakery
                                1112 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                                Chocolate Room
                                86 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                                Cannelle Patisserie
                                75-59 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11370

                                Chocolate Room
                                269 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                                Paris Baguette
                                136-20 38th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

                                Four & Twenty Blackbirds
                                439 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                                Bien Cuit
                                120 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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                                  missmasala RE: Miss Needle Oct 31, 2011 09:14 AM

                                  Definitely do Baked and Four and Twenty Blackbirds (tho i agree with above poster that says their slices are small. they are, but the pie is good!)
                                  I also think Milkbar is overhyped. don't understand the appeal of crack pie and compost cookies.
                                  Didn't love Dough the one time I tried it, but Peter Pan is great for old school doughnuts, and Doughnut Plant makes great "artisanal" ones.
                                  If you come out to the Carroll Gardens/Red Hook area, I would also recommend checking out some of the Italian-American pastry shops. Catania is supposed to be great, but I haven't been. However, do get a lobster tail at Court Pastry and some seven-layer cookies at Monteleone's. (They also do a good ricotta cheesecake.)
                                  And, down on Columbia Street, get some Rugelach at Margaret Palcka.
                                  If you find yourself in Bensonhurst, Villabate is def worth a visit—it's a total feast for the eyes. I'm not a huge fan of sicilian style pastries, but a trip to Villabate is a very Brooklyn experience.
                                  If you're in Williamsburg, Pies and Thighs also makes good pie.
                                  As for bread bakeries, I would make a trip down to brighton beach and go to Georgian Bread, where they have excellent bread and Khachipouri. In Carroll Gardens, I like the lard bread at Caputo's Bakery, but, as the poster above states, it's probably because it's around the corner from me. The one at Mazzola's may be just as good or better, but I've never tried it. The Caputo's version is very peppery.
                                  Also, if you get to Bensonhurst, Royal Crown does nice bread.

                                  Don't know a lot about queens, but used to love the rugelach and the kugelopf at Andre's Hungarian Bakery in Rego Park. They also do good strudel and dobos torte.
                                  If you want to step back in time and visit Hasidic Williamsburg, people on this board seem to really like the chocolate babka at Oneg Hemische bakery.

                                  Happy Eating!

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                                  Georgian Bread
                                  265 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

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                                    cookiebitch RE: Miss Needle Nov 7, 2011 02:00 PM

                                    thanks miss needle, i agree with you that going to milkbar would be wicked for a reasearch point of view, because in London most of the bakeries are obviously more european and french slant...there are some 'american' bakeries but they're more like cupcake places made by people that dont know what cupcakes are and that don't realise there's more to american baking culture than cupcakes.

                                    thanks for the recs!

                                  2. bobjbkln RE: cookiebitch Oct 31, 2011 09:20 AM

                                    For a totally different pastry experience, you might be interested in the Chocolate babka from Oneg Heimishe bakery in Williamsburg. See this thread from a year ago. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/739765

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                                    Oneg Heimishe Bakery
                                    188 Lee Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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                                      missmasala RE: bobjbkln Oct 31, 2011 09:28 AM

                                      That's funny, I just mentioned that place, too. Was going to link to thread, but was too lazy. thanks for doing that!

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                                        cookiebitch RE: bobjbkln Nov 7, 2011 02:01 PM

                                        thanks for the rec, its so damn hard to find babka in london!! I'm def gonna try head to williamsburg for this one

                                      2. chompchomp RE: cookiebitch Nov 4, 2011 05:12 PM

                                        i really don't like sandwiches at Saltie in Williamsburg but I find their desserts divine (and interesting!)

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                                        Saltie
                                        378 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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