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Best Black and White Cookies?

Is there any place left in the city where you can get a tender, soft, black and white cookie? Most seem days old, dry and wrapped in plastic.Recommendations?

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    1. Aside from thegforceny's recommendation, if the East Village is more convenient, Moishe's, on 2nd Av. just south of 7th St., makes good black & whites. If you ask them whether they were made that day, they'll tell you (they do sometimes sell day old items).

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      1. re: Pan

        for what it's worth, Greenberg's has a new location in the lower level of the Plaza.

      2. Zabar's, in Grand Central, makes a good one. And i have had good ones from Zaro's at times. Yes, Greenberg makes a good one but our most recent purchase there of cakes and such, including their brownies, was below par. I hope it was just this once.

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        1. re: comiendosiempre

          Junior's, also in GCT, has very fresh, soft, tasty ones. Large or small.

          1. re: bob96

            +1 for Junior's. Yes, very good black & white cookie.

        2. I'd recommend Glaser's on the UES way ahead of Greenberg. i've had both and in my opinion Glaser's is far superior (and significantly cheaper, if I remember correctly). Zaro's are good too.

          1. Orawasher's, 78th between 2nd and 3rd, makes a good version too.

            1. Those are all good, but what I want to know is: why does no one make a long, skinny black and white cookie, so that you would get vanilla and chocolate icing in every bite? Instead, that's impossible, except for the two bites you can get on either side of the round cookies. I think this is a brilliant idea and I give it gratis to anyone who will make this cookie so I can have it. That's all.

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              1. re: HippieChick

                There are mini black & whites which serve this purpose well.

              2. Empire Cakes on 8th ave and 17th street has awesome black and whites, and red and whites with black velvet cake instead of white.

                1. I thought I'd read on this board before that hot and crusty was a fave?

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                  1. re: pizzajunkie

                    I've occasionally had a good black & white at Hot and Crusty, but the chain is quite inconsistent and unreliable. You're unlikely to get a black & white that's actually bad there, but your chances of getting one that's really good are probably not more than about 20%.

                  2. I think the ones at Nussbaum & Wu by Columbia are pretty good.

                    1. Rocco's bakery on Bleecker Street. They put a bit of apricot jam under the icing, which is IMO a huge improvement.

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                      1. re: Savour

                        Sounds rather heretical to me. :-)

                        1. re: Pan

                          Possibly, but if so, heresy is the name of the game. Besides, in all other respects, Rocco's is about as old school as you can get ...

                      2. Orwasher's also sells their Black & Whites at the new All Good Things Market in Tribeca. Had a nice fresh one there last week.

                        1. donut pub has good black and whites and you can get it in a donut version. Russ and Daughters has them too, but I find them to be really cakey.

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