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hobie Feb 22, 2012 11:06 AM

Where can I get delicious rugalach in the city? Any ideas would be great

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    tex.s.toast RE: hobie Feb 22, 2012 11:14 AM

    I havent ever tried his goods myself but i just saw a tv bit on a guy in harlem - lee-lee's bakery whose slogan is "Rugulach by a brother" maybe more schtick than quality, but i cant say as i havent tried them.

    russ and daughters have done me right in the past.

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

    Lee Lee's Baked Goods
    283 W 118th St, New York, NY 10026

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      gutsofsteel RE: tex.s.toast Feb 22, 2012 12:36 PM

      Leelee's rugalach are very good indeed.

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        rose water RE: tex.s.toast Feb 22, 2012 12:42 PM

        There's no schtick at Lee Lee's. Solid, no frills, and great rugelach. And great chicken soup, and great carrot muffins (but not so great scones).


        A very different, nuttier rugelach is the stuff from the bakery that used to be called "Not Just Rugelach" but now goes by a different name. They're at the weekend Columbus Ave farmer's market by the AMNH, and at the 161st St Tuesday market (in summer/fall


        Lee Lee's Baked Goods
        283 W 118th St, New York, NY 10026

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          City Kid RE: rose water Feb 22, 2012 12:55 PM

          Also like the rugelach at Columbus Ave. farmer's market and Gourmet Garage's not bad, also Erica's, I think I saw it at Zabar's. You'd think it would be good at a place like Moishe's but it's like cardboard.

          2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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

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            foodwhisperer RE: City Kid Feb 22, 2012 10:25 PM

            Most of the rugalach in bakeries are not the really good rugalach. They are more commercial style, that are made by 15th Ave Bakery, or Beigel, or similar that sell to over 50 bakeries. Russ and daughter's has good rugalach and if i remember correctly there is a guy who used to work there named Lee. I wonder if that relates to Lee Lee. Zabars used to have a rugalach that was very cream cheesy but tasted great. I'm not sure what they have these days. Second Ave Deli has good rugalach. Gertel's had excellent rugalach but I think they are no longer around.When the weather gets better, the Tribeca Green Market on Greenwich St has rugalach at one booth that is the "real deal".

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

            2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

            Second Avenue Deli
            162 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

            Tribeca Greenmarket
            Chambers St Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007

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              rteplow RE: City Kid Feb 23, 2012 06:27 AM

              That may be because the rugelach was "parve" i.e. no dairy (or meat). I always check to see that there is butter (and maybe cream cheese) in the ingredients before buying.

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                City Kid RE: rteplow Feb 23, 2012 07:12 AM

                You are so right, rteplow, the parve requirement is what makes it taste like cardboard. Really good rugelach has cream cheese and butter. That's why I never liked Moishe's or Gertel's.

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              emsny RE: rose water Feb 22, 2012 07:00 PM

              The bakery that used to be called "Not Just Rugelach" (I too have forgotten its new name) is also at the East 47th Street and Second Avenue Greenmarket on Wednesdays (all year round). Good honest rugelach.

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                rose water RE: emsny Feb 23, 2012 09:28 AM

                I'm pulling this from the dusty recesses of my brain--is the Not Just Rugelach name now Francesca's?

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            mahler5 RE: hobie Feb 23, 2012 11:15 AM

            Junior's: either in Manhattan or in Brooklyn. Their rugelach is superior to their cheesecake.

            1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

            1. goodhealthgourmet RE: hobie Feb 23, 2012 11:32 AM

              i can't vouch for them myself but Mom swears by the ones at Zabar's that you get loose at the *counter* (as opposed to prepackaged).

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                uwsgrazer RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 23, 2012 02:23 PM

                That's where I go for my rugelach. Be sure to get the stuff by the pound, as gig noted, not the pre-packaged stuff.

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                  addictedtolunch RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 24, 2012 05:41 PM

                  Those loose Zabar's rugelach are my favorite. Strange, they come loose out of a big bin, and you're almost afraid to by them that way-but they are always fresh and tasty.

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                  apples RE: hobie Feb 23, 2012 06:37 PM

                  William greenbergs on the ues have amazing ones and their babka is the best too!

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

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                    jester99 RE: hobie Feb 24, 2012 08:36 AM

                    Zucker's bakery in East Village is making some good rugulachs as well as other treats. Their roses, which are like, mini rolls are good.

                    Zucker Bakery
                    433 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

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