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Bakery suggestions for NYC trip?

I own a small bakery and am headed to NYC for a few days to get some new ideas. I specialize in pie, but am open to any suggestions. Should I go to the big names (Momufuku, Magnolia) or hit some unknowns? Tell me where to go! :)

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  1. Dominique Ansel, Bosie Tea Parlor, Bien Cuit, Mille Feuille, Balthazar Bakery, Payard, Maison Kayser, Beurre & Sel, Bouchon Bakery, Epicurie Boulud, not to mention the pastry programs at The Dutch, Locanda Verde, the Breslin (also available at Stumptown in the Ace Hotel).

    This should help:

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    1. re: kathryn

      You may want to post on the Outer Boroughs board as well if you're willing to travel to Brooklyn and Queens. That's where the aforementioned Bien Cuit's main bakery is, as well as Four and Twenty Blackbirds (great pies), Runner and Stone, Ovenly, etc. There're great and inspiring bakeries all over town.

      1. re: lambretta76

        Just wanted to pipe in to agree with lambretta that you should go to Brooklyn to try Four and Twenty Blackbirds for pie and to Runner and Stone for pastry. I think Runner and Stone has the best croissant and cannele in the city.

    2. When I think "bakery" I think of the old school Italian pastry shops/bread bakers that I grew up with.
      In Manhattan:
      DeRobertis (pastry)
      Rocco's (pastry)
      Parisi (bread)

      If your trip includes any of the outer boroughs (esp the Bronx or Brooklyn) then the Outer Boroughs board has great recs for places like Arthur Ave and Bay Ridge, where better examples of these types of places can be found.

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      1. Glaser's. German bakery upper east side. Fabulous strudel!

        1. and then of there is, Lady M.

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          1. Certainly you should swing by Momofuku if you've never been. Cinnamon Snail (vegan food truck) is also quite renowned.

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            1. re: JeffOverley

              Good call on the Cinnamon Snail. Their creme brulee donuts are, truly, out of this world.
              Duane Park Patisserie - petit fours
              City Cakes - cookies (thick and moist, comparable to Levain)
              William Greenberg Desserts - black & white cookies

            2. Two Little Red Hens
              Silver Moon Bakery
              Dessert Truck
              Yura on Madison
              Billy's Bakery
              Sugar Sweet Sunshine

              1. I rather like the sticky buns at Two Little Red Hens. Sadly, I was told they only have them Fridays and Saturdays.

                Hungarian pastry is getting hard to find. I'm not in love with Andre's, but their cherry strudel isn't bad. And I like the rigo jansci at the Hungarian Pastry Shop.

                Say, anybody tried the babka at Breads Bakery? I had a little taste while there and it seemed nice, but one tiny bite.

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                1. re: rpk

                  Didn't know there was a Hungarian bakery called the Hungarian bakery. Thanks for the info. My husband used to live in Hungary and often talks about food from Hungary. Now that all the Hungarian restaurants are closed, I guess I can at least get him some pastries.

                  1. re: Monica

                    It is actually called Hungarian Pastry Shop. We Columbia alum know it well - it's located up there.

                  2. re: rpk

                    I'll preface this by saying that I spent a couple of weeks in Budapest in 1994 and, therefore, have tried the real stuff, though I'd never hold myself up as a great expert. That said, I think that the most likely place to get good Viennese desserts - which are of course similar to Hungarian ones - is Cafe Sabarsky/Fledermaus in the Neue Gallerie. Andre's is just OK, and I was never impressed with the bakery on Amsterdam Av. and, therefore, haven't been there for at least a couple of decades. So if it hasn't improved drastically, I definitely don't think it would be worth a special trip.

                  3. If you specialize in pie, I'd suggest checking out some of the savory pie bakers in the city as well, namely Tuck Shop, Myers of Keswick and Pie Face. Savory pies seem to be experiencing a renaissance nowadays.

                    1. Landbrot -- 2 locations, West Village and LES. And Breads Bakery, off Union Square.

                      1. Breads - 16th St west of Union Square
                        Veniero's - 342 east 11th st.
                        La Bergamote - two locations
                        yes, go to the big names

                        1. DO have a chocolate chip cookie (or anything else!) at LEVAIN on (West 74th St), the multi-grain (or cereal bread) at MAISON KAYSER (Third Ave/74th) and an Almond Croissant at CECI-CELA in Soho! And forget about Magnolia!

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                          1. re: nezzie

                            +1 for Levain's chocolate chip cookies!

                          2. Dominque Ansel should be #1.
                            Bouchon, Ceci-Cela, La Bergamote, Sweet Revenge, Two Little Red Hens, Bosie Tea Parlor.

                            Skip Magnolia, Mille Feuille, Sugar Sweet Sunshine.


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                            1. re: uhockey

                              I think it's all about personal taste. I tried a few stuff from Dominique Ansel and i thought they were just ok.
                              Bouchon also does not live up to its reputation in my opinion.
                              The only good item in Bouchon is their large cream puff.
                              Come to think of it, none of the popular dessert place ever impressed me.
                              The only thing that did impress me was a piece of mille crepe from Lady M...but again, it's my personal preference.

                              1. re: Monica

                                Orwasher's on 78th street near 3rd ave.
                                In Queens, I believe East Elmhurst, not far from LaGuardia airport...Cannale French Pastry Shop

                            2. The OP is getting a pretty generic list of bakery favorites, but it sounds like they're looking for items that will inspire new ideas.

                              Four and Twenty Blackbirds is really the only pie-centric place worth visiting. It's a very stylized approach to a pie shop, loosely modeled after Mission Pies in San Francisco.

                              Bakeri in Brooklyn has some unique items, and the rustic presentation might spark ideas.

                              Birdbath Bakeries are worth a stop for the pretzel croissants, loaded chocolate chip cookies, and thick sipping hot chocolate.