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Rockland Bakery in Nanuet

Jim Leff Jun 20, 2012 03:54 PM

Rockland Bakery in Nanuet gets raves on Yelp. Yet they're apparently one of the biggest wholesale bakeries in the area, which kinda points to their being crap. But the reviews are uniform and breathless.

Is it worth a stop?

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    Roger K RE: Jim Leff Jun 20, 2012 10:54 PM

    It's the only bakery I know of that let's you walk in back where the ovens are, and bag your own breads and rolls fresh off the carts. If your timing is right, you can get some really hot rolls as they come off the end of the cooling conveyor belts.

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      itsmagic RE: Roger K Jun 21, 2012 04:47 AM

      We love the Rockland bakery and always make a point of stopping when in the area. You go in the back, put on plastic gloves and select from a wide variety of baked breads, literally right out of the oven. Our favorites are their Challah bread and Onion Rye.Their prices are also significantly cheaper than supermarkets.

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        Jim Leff RE: Roger K Jun 21, 2012 01:26 PM

        Leff's First Law of Baked Goods: Anything tastes good right out of the oven. Pencils, styrofoam, anything.

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        Shawn RE: Jim Leff Jun 21, 2012 03:27 AM

        I can only speak to the bagels there because we get them at work. Not horrible, but not really good either.

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          double0 RE: Jim Leff Jun 21, 2012 08:50 AM

          In an area where the bakery situation is poor Rockland excells for good rolls, rye bread and challah. The italian bread is ok but not great. They've recently tried to make "artisinal" loaves and rolls, again good not great. Having said this its my go to place for bread and occasional Danish. I would probably go to Costco more offen but the parking and size(too big) of the packaging generally stops me.

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            51rich RE: Jim Leff Jun 21, 2012 12:10 PM

            Interesting place in that you can walk thru and get it fresh from the machine, most of it is from very good to just ok, probably worth a trip if even just to see it. Having had both the breads from the bakery and the totally institutional (hospital) breads, rest easy there is no comparison.

            1. michele cindy RE: Jim Leff Jun 25, 2012 04:37 PM

              I love to go to Rockland Bakery, especially with the kids. They get a kick out of it. I like the onion board, it's not as well done as I'd prefer, but once toasted it's great. My husband loves the cranberry nut loaf. If you are in the area, I'd say yes stop by. If you do go, stop at Laria's cheese shop around the corner, and Carousel cakes (they have a great coconut cake). Given that hitting the 3 places then I'd say yes, make a stop, but just not for the bakery alone.

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                chowdom RE: michele cindy Jun 25, 2012 04:58 PM

                I recommend Laria's as well, there is a restaurant that makes good pancakes in the area too but I can't remember the name of it.

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                  michele cindy RE: chowdom Jun 26, 2012 05:28 AM

                  I think it's pancakes plus. Something like that. It's next to Carosel Cakes.

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                    chowdom RE: michele cindy Jun 26, 2012 07:54 AM

                    That is the place I was referring to thank you.

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                ELA RE: Jim Leff Jun 28, 2012 09:37 PM

                I like the place. Yes, I think it's worth a stop. Some breads you'll like, others you won't. I like many of the rolls, rye, challah, and sometimes certain "Italian" breads they do. They have a lot of cakes, babka, cupcakes, etc., that are also very good. Good place. Interesting as well.

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                  DalyDose RE: Jim Leff Jun 29, 2012 02:12 PM

                  I am a Rockland County native and though may have some hometown bias, I would say it is definitely worth a stop. The onion bulkie rolls (which you rarely if ever have the opportunity to get fresh out of the oven) and other rolls are excellent additions to any gathering. The bagels are fair and are really better after being toasted at home (which may be a big indictment).

                  There are a variety of other breads and I have had mixed results with these. I am very partial to the onion rye and have been disappointed in the focaccia. Sullivan Street is my favorite bread baker and while Rockland does not reach that standard, it is good and worth the stop.

                  The rainbow cookies are consistently fresh and moist and would be my chief recommendation at the pastry counter.

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