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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).

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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.
              Also:
              Duane Park Patisserie - petit fours
              City Cakes - cookies (thick and moist, comparable to Levain)
              William Greenberg Desserts - black & white cookies