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NYC bakeries

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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  1. 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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    1. re: ahuva

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

      Magnolia Bakery is very popular, so is Crumbs.

    2. 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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      1. re: queenscook

        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.

        1. re: GilaB

          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.

          1. re: queenscook

            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.

            1. re: craigcep

              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.)

              1. re: queenscook

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

                1. re: queenscook

                  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.

                  1. re: GilaB

                    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.

                    1. re: queenscook

                      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.

                    2. re: GilaB

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

                      1. re: cheesecake17

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

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

            1. 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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              1. 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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                1. re: PotatoPuff

                  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.

                  1. re: PotatoPuff

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

                    1. re: Pluckyduk8

                      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