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Upscale restaurants with great bread

I'm starting to think of a place to take my boyfriend for his birthday. He loves bread and while I've been to many of the top restaurants in the city, I'm blanking on where I've had fantastic bread besides Bouley. The last place I went to where I was impressed by the bread was Craft. Suggestions? Open to area.

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  1. Best restaurant bread:

    Best bread baskets in NYC:

    Have you visited Scarpetta already?

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      1. re: kathryn

        Scarpetta is one place I haven't been yet! Sounds like a serious contender.

      2. The bread at Soflglia comes out hot every time I've been there. They cut the loaves right behind the bar area. A few times it came out steaming when they brought it to my table and I was so hungry I just scarfed it down and almost burned my tongue :-) Simply delicious. They always give a hearty helping with some tasty olive oil and I always finish it.

        1. Bouley, love the man that runs the bread cart as well.

          1. I'll second Scarpetta.

            I've always enjoyed the bread basket at Strip House, even though it's dated (the mini Eli's style raisin roll, the everything seeded crackers). Might be the whipped butter with it.

            Edi and the Wolfe had really good bread when they first opened, not sure about now.

              1. i'll throw in another vote for scarpetta.

                the only place i know i've been that has a stromboli in the their bread basket.

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                1. re: TitoSofrito

                  Sounds like they have a good variety but I would like to confirm they also have solid 'Regular' bread in their basket?

                  1. re: emma20

                    "Said by many to be a meal worthy on its own, Scarpetta's bread basket contained a perfectly fine Filone and Ciabatta from Sullivan Street Bakery, but also included two fantastic house-made selections: a Whole Wheat Focaccia and the true pièce de résistance, a Stromboli, stuffed with Smoked Mozzarella and Salumi. But that was not all, accompanying the bread was a Citrus-Infused Olive Oil, a tangy Marscarpone Butter and a sweet Eggplant Caponata."


                2. Any place that gets fresh bread from Sullivan St Bakery has great bread. There are over 100 that do

                  1. Aquavit has interesting bread service.

                    1. The bread basket at Scarpetta is pretty special. That stromboli!

                      It's not fancy-fancy, but I have a special attachment to the little fresh-baked loaves they bring you at Blue Ribbon.

                      Aquavit's rye bread is pretty great, almost borders on cake. Though they change up their bread selection now and then, I think.

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                      1. re: sgordon

                        Thanks hounds, I'm sold on Scarpetta!

                        1. re: emma20

                          wanted to follow up on this. we both liked the bread basket and what we ordered: polenta, spagetti for me and honestly i can't remember what he ordered. the food was very good, no complaints although i think everything could have been a few dollars less. at a restaurant of this caliber, when the bread basket is finished i am used to someone asking if we'd like a refill. that didn't happen here.. i asked twice for more bread and didn't get a refill. i thought it was a bit odd.

                          1. re: emma20

                            Huh, must have been an off night. We've always been offered a refill and usually decline as it's so tempting.

                            1. re: emma20

                              That is odd- last time i was there i had to prevent them from refilling the bread.....i was afraid i wouldn't have room my for meal!

                        2. Lincoln, especially for the focaccia which is usually made with lardo or duck fat.

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                          1. re: peter j

                            funny, that's the only thing I didn't fully enjoy at Lincoln...but then I am not a big fan of focaccia which is usually too soggy with fat and sometimes with too much salt.