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sarahsbakery Apr 8, 2013 04:27 PM

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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    sugartoof Apr 18, 2013 11:35 AM

    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.

    1. uhockey Apr 11, 2013 06:33 PM

      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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        Monica Apr 11, 2013 07:02 PM

        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
          PHREDDY Apr 14, 2013 10:51 AM

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

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        nezzie Apr 10, 2013 09:02 PM

        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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          ellenost Apr 11, 2013 09:36 AM

          +1 for Levain's chocolate chip cookies!

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          Chuck Lawrence Apr 10, 2013 08:22 PM

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

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            sea97horse Apr 10, 2013 08:28 AM

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

            1. JungMann Apr 10, 2013 08:07 AM

              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.

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                rpk Apr 9, 2013 06:14 PM

                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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                  Monica Apr 10, 2013 06:16 AM

                  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.

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                    thegforceny Apr 10, 2013 06:40 AM

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

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                    Pan Apr 14, 2013 02:32 PM

                    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.

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                    Scott_C Apr 9, 2013 10:02 AM

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

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                      JeffOverley Apr 9, 2013 07:06 AM

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

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                        LeahBaila Apr 15, 2013 11:45 AM

                        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. Monica Apr 9, 2013 06:57 AM

                        and then of there is, Lady M.

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                          RCC Apr 9, 2013 07:40 AM

                          +1 on Lady M.

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                          keving Apr 8, 2013 06:33 PM

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

                          1. iluvcookies Apr 8, 2013 06:06 PM

                            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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                              Pan Apr 14, 2013 02:33 PM

                              And Bensonhurst.

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                              kathryn Apr 8, 2013 05:08 PM

                              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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                                lambretta76 Apr 9, 2013 02:08 PM

                                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.

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                                  The Cookbook Addict Apr 15, 2013 09:18 AM

                                  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.

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