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Best Rainbow Cookies?

soxrok3 Sep 14, 2013 02:53 PM

Does anybody have an opinion on the best rainbow cookies in New York? I need to pick some up tomorrow morning and any advice or guidance would be appreciated!

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    uwsgrazer RE: soxrok3 Sep 14, 2013 03:01 PM

    There's a bakery on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx with very good rainbow cookies. But since you've posted on the Manhattan board I assume you're not interested in the outer boroughs.

    Personally, I think the ones sold at Fairway are very good (I imagine I will be attacked by some on the board for suggesting what is essentially a grocery store!). They are definitely great value, compared to what some bakeries charge.

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      uwsgrazer RE: uwsgrazer Oct 6, 2013 01:11 PM

      Update: I was at Fairway a couple of weeks ago and noticed the rainbow cookies weren't in their usual spot behind the counter. Apparently the ones I used to buy and was referring to above are no longer available! I am really bummed about that (though happy for the sake of my waistline) and just wanted to update my post. Fairway still sells rainbow cookies, in one of those clear plastic containers, I think. But I have never tried them (and wasn't tempted to). They are definitely not the ones I was recommending earlier.

    2. squid kun RE: soxrok3 Sep 14, 2013 04:42 PM

      La Bella Ferrara in Little Italy (http://www.facebook.com/labellaferrara) does a lot of tourist trade, especially this month with the Feast, but I've had good luck there for rainbow and pignoli cookies. Can't say it's "the best," but it's not a bad option if you're downtown.

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        sam1 RE: soxrok3 Sep 14, 2013 04:45 PM

        i always felt there were jewish rainbow cookies and italian ones...and i usually prefer the jewish ones...they seem to have more jelly and are more moist than their italian counterparts.

        that being said, i like the ones at bruno bakery quite a bit since their chocolate is excellent.

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          uwsgrazer RE: sam1 Sep 14, 2013 06:43 PM

          I think I've also had the ones from Bruno and they were indeed good.

        2. ipsedixit RE: soxrok3 Sep 14, 2013 06:50 PM


          No idea if they're the best, as I've never tried them, but if Levain's rainbow cookies are anything like their other cookies, then you could certainly do much worse.

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            soxrok3 RE: soxrok3 Sep 16, 2013 06:47 AM

            Thank you all! I actually took some advice from a friend and went to Moishe's in the E Village--they were great! I'd recommend to you all.

            And I absolutely love Fairway so I'll have to try those.

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              foodwhisperer RE: soxrok3 Sep 30, 2013 06:21 PM

              There is a difference between Jewish Bakery rainbow cookies and Italian. Although when either are made right they are both delicious. I find the italian version uses more almond paste and the Jewish uses more jam. My daughter's rainbow cookies are the best, but not for sale.

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              Blumie RE: soxrok3 Sep 28, 2013 04:39 PM

              So I'm late to this discussion, and obviously the OP found some rainbow cookies that s/he was happy with, but I noticed earlier this week that Empire Cake, on 8th Avenue at 16th St., has some amazing looking rainbow cookies. (I opted for the chocolate coconut snowball instead, so I can't opine on whether they are as good as they look!)


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                chowdom RE: Blumie Sep 29, 2013 07:42 PM

                I think Lulu's Chelsea moved and changed their name to Empire.
                The photos are of the rainbow cookies from Lulu's...
                Do they look the same? I'm about 99 percent sure they
                are the same bakery ... They were the best I've had. In regards to what Sam1 stated, these are of the Jewish variety.

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                  Blumie RE: chowdom Oct 1, 2013 08:43 AM

                  Doesn't look the same. Empire is in the same location as Lulu's, but I'm not sure it's the same place.

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                    chowdom RE: Blumie Oct 1, 2013 05:24 PM

                    The current Empire website is almost identical to the old
                    Lulu's Scarsdale website.
                    They operated at least three bakeries one was, maybe still is
                    in Brooklyn.

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                      Blumie RE: chowdom Oct 2, 2013 08:20 AM

                      Hmm, the websites have similarities (they both sell high end cakes after all!), but are hardly identical. The rainbow cookies I saw at Empire did not look like the rainbow cookies in your photo.
                      But I really don't know for sure.

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                ahuva RE: soxrok3 Sep 29, 2013 07:43 PM

                there's a kosher bakery on the upper east side, Prime Butcher Baker, that makes really good rainbow cookies

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