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NYC bakeries

Pluckyduk8 Nov 18, 2012 07:06 AM

Hi all,
I'll be in NYC around New Years time- was wondering what bakeries you would recommend. I'll be in Brooklyn but will be going to Manhattan for touristy stuff. I've been craving chocolate croissants and some other tasty dessert items I can't get in Chicago.

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    ahuva RE: Pluckyduk8 Nov 18, 2012 07:49 PM

    I love Prime Butcher Baker's rugelach, chocolate rocher torts, chocolate blackout domes, cupcakes - most everything that they make! they're on the upper east side, on 2nd between 81 and 82. In brooklyn I really love ostrovitsky's on avenue j and east 13, kaff's on avenue m and east 19. so many bakeries, so little time!!

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      cheesecake17 RE: ahuva Nov 19, 2012 10:24 AM

      Kaff's chocolate pudding pie is fantastic, as is their challah.

      Magnolia Bakery is very popular, so is Crumbs.

    2. queenscook RE: Pluckyduk8 Nov 18, 2012 09:35 PM

      Unfortunately it's not anywhere near where you're going to be, but I just want to put a word in for the bakery at the Douglaston Fairway. The store itself is not a kosher store, but their whole bakery is under the Kof-K and Rabbi Marmorstein, and since it's not an all-kosher place, the stuff they have is not all the typical kosher bakery stuff. I love their cannoli, for instance, something that is not available in any standard kosher bakery (other than Sapienza, the Italian bakery in Elmont, which is an Italian bakery that has hashgacha). Great pies, cookies, pastries, cakes, breads, bagels, etc.

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        GilaB RE: queenscook Nov 19, 2012 06:38 AM

        Don't all the Fairways have those baked goods? Certainly the ones on the UWS (Broadway & 74th St.) and in Harlem (130th St., just off the Henry Hudson Parkway) have the kosher-certified things that you mention. Make sure to check each item for a hechsher, as some items, especially the breads, come from outside suppliers.

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          queenscook RE: GilaB Nov 19, 2012 01:18 PM

          The things I am speaking of are not wrapped or packaged, so there is no hechsher that can be checked. They are the items that are sold from the bakery case. I am not sure, but I do not think all the Fairways have this. I never used to be able to buy anything from the actual bakery counter at the Plainview Fairway when visiting relatives there. Perhaps it is different now in Plainview; I'm not sure. As far as Douglaston goes, I am under the impression that they bake some things on the premises there.

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            craigcep RE: queenscook Nov 19, 2012 01:19 PM

            The Fairways I have been to - Harlem, UWS, UES, Stamford, Mt. Vernon, Plainview - have similar kosher fresh offerings. I think it's system-wide and not limited to one store.

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              queenscook RE: craigcep Nov 19, 2012 01:25 PM

              OK, all the better! I just think it's nice to be able to go in and buy a fresh bagel, muffin, croissant, whatever, and not have to go out of my way to stop at a Main Street bakery, especially when their offerings are different (like the cannoli), and usually cheaper. (I work a few minutes away from the Douglaston Fairway, and it's far easier to park there than find a spot on Main Street! Plus, I go there to shop for other things about once a week.)

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                DeisCane RE: queenscook Nov 19, 2012 01:58 PM

                I am pretty sure craig is right. Never had an issue with anything at a Fairway.

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                  GilaB RE: queenscook Nov 19, 2012 01:59 PM

                  When I said to check the hechsher, I meant that Fairway posts a little sign on each compartment of their bakery display case with the relevant hechsher, if the baked good in question is certified.

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                    queenscook RE: GilaB Nov 19, 2012 02:35 PM

                    But my point is that according to the signage, EVERYTHING in the bakery area is under the one hechsher of the Kof-K & R. Marmorstein. There don't seem to be any "outside suppliers," as you mentioned above. The only signs I see identify the parve or dairy status of the items.

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                      marissaj RE: queenscook Nov 19, 2012 06:51 PM

                      One of my relatives works for Fairways in the kosher department. I asked them- they said everything in the bakery MUST be kosher as per chof k, and if something that isnt kosher is sold by fairways it is not allowed to be in the bakery section (for example, the Eli Zabar breads) so you might find it in baskets around the store.

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                      cheesecake17 RE: GilaB Nov 19, 2012 02:36 PM

                      In the Brooklyn store, they did this. They also had separate sections in the bread case for kosher and non kosher breads

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                        GilaB RE: cheesecake17 Nov 19, 2012 04:59 PM

                        Yes, in the Manhattan stores, there are outside suppliers, I think only for breads. It's all clearly marked.

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            PotatoPuff RE: Pluckyduk8 Nov 19, 2012 08:49 AM

            Moishe's in the East Village -nothing trendy like cupcakes or croissants, but if you are looking for old fashioned they do it well.

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              praguer RE: Pluckyduk8 Nov 20, 2012 03:57 AM

              How about a "shout out" for Susan Sez, Say it with Cake! Their Chocolate Dipped Almond Horns are outrageous and the menu is expanding!

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                CloggieGirl RE: praguer Nov 21, 2012 03:00 PM

                Yes! You beat me to it.

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                PotatoPuff RE: Pluckyduk8 Nov 20, 2012 08:07 AM

                So not really a bakery but the Screme gelato cart at the 72nd street subway station (not always at their other locations) has awesome muffins and pastries. Really really awesome. The coffee shop Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has many pastries (all are kosher), but they are less awesome.

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                  avitrek RE: PotatoPuff Nov 20, 2012 09:25 AM

                  I've been incredibly disappointed by the pastries at Coffee Bean. Even when I'm nearby I don't often want to go get a pastry there. There is no reason to travel for their pastries.

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                    Pluckyduk8 RE: PotatoPuff Nov 20, 2012 12:20 PM

                    I'm assuming the gelato is kosher too? And are there other locations?

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                      GilaB RE: Pluckyduk8 Nov 20, 2012 06:05 PM

                      Yes, the gelato is kosher, and very good. They generally have some interesting flavors; I had chocolate-pepper and dulce de leche the last time I was there. Their locations are listed here: http://screme.com/locations

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                    Reveg RE: Pluckyduk8 Nov 21, 2012 02:43 PM

                    Back to Bakeries: The Stop & shop in New Rochelle has KVH, better selection than Fairway and a large variety of breads, some are outstanding. Strauss and shlomo's in Boro Park, Forgot the name of the bakery on Ave. M in Flatbush, Seasons queens and queens Pita are both very good

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                      cheesecake17 RE: Reveg Nov 21, 2012 02:55 PM

                      Stop and shop in Brooklyn also has a Kosher bakery. SOme of the breads are great, but they go quickly. Their unbaked pizza dough is also good.

                      Bakeries on M - Pressers, Weiss, kaff's. Pressers has great challah (very dense and eggy) and the best bagels. Their cinnamon raisin cream cheese is fantastic. Kaff's challah rolls, pastries, and cakes are delicious. I don't really go into Weiss- their prices are very high.

                      Moishas supermarket has seeded rye and cinnamon sticks- both are hits in my house.

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                        ahuva RE: cheesecake17 Nov 21, 2012 07:59 PM

                        I love the very heavy seeded presser's challahs. isaac's on j makes a great kokosh cake. ostrovitsky's on j has great challah and other really good cakes

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                          kosherfoodie1226 RE: ahuva Nov 21, 2012 08:43 PM

                          You are right. I always loved Ostrovitsky baked goods. I had the occasion to eat Weiss baked goods the shabbos after hurricane Sandy. The cake was very good, but I was very disappointed in the challah. It was really nothing special at all. I definitely prefer Zomicks challah to Weiss's .

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                            Reveg RE: kosherfoodie1226 Nov 22, 2012 09:31 AM

                            I forgot about Ostrivitzky on J. Very fod bakery. I only like "heimish" chalah and they are generally good at any of the Chassidish bakeries. Shlomos heimish challah in BP good and Queens Pita and Seasons Queens have excellent heimish challahs and many good cakes and excellent kokosh.

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                              Maven123 RE: Reveg Nov 22, 2012 12:30 PM

                              Is the chiffon Bakery still around? They made delicious cakes!

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                                ahuva RE: Maven123 Nov 22, 2012 08:08 PM

                                Chiffon is on Avenue P and - like - east 3 or 4 or something - i think they added 'cake center' to their name

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                      ahuva RE: Pluckyduk8 Nov 24, 2012 07:46 PM

                      must add update - just had prime butcher baker's chocolate babka - i am in heaven.

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                        EvanM RE: Pluckyduk8 Nov 25, 2012 07:59 PM

                        Susan Sez on 123rdb Street has great lemon squares and some other interesting stuff. Whoever likes Stop and Shop must have a crush on pre-mixed doughs and would probably be happy with Duncan Hines, we are talking baked goods here. Experiment with Yossi's in Boro Park tehy have lots of interesting cookies and a really good nougat with chocolate which sometimes seems to be sold out.

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                          praguer RE: EvanM Nov 27, 2012 03:53 AM

                          I just received an email advising that Susan Sez "Say It With Cake" accepts orders on-line and ships throughout the country!. Check out www.susez.com. Now Pluckyduk8 can get a taste of NYC without even leaving Chicago!

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