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Dec 26, 2013 07:41 PM

Takahachi Bakery – My New Favorite Japanese Bakery In NY

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Takahachi Bakery is a Japanese bakery that I discovered by accident this summer because it’s very close to where I get my haircut in Tribeca. Japanese bakeries have always been one of my favorite things since I was a kid. However, I’ve found the ones in NY to be somewhat mediocre, so I was very happy to find a good quality Japanese bakery.

The bakery is a long a narrow space with exposed brick walls and high ceilings. It has a large display case showcasing its goods and a small space in the back to sit and eat. The staff is nice and is pretty helpful.

Here’s what we got:

An Pan:
An pan is a baked red bean bun and is one of the most common pastries you see in Japanese bakeries. The version here is very good; the bread is soft and moist and the red bean filling has good consistency and is not too sweet. The ratio of filling to bread was also perfect. Overall, this is a solid version. 8.25/10

Mochi An Pan With Green Tea Powder:
This is the same as the regular an pan except with green tea powder on top, which gives it a slightly bitter green tea flavor and with mochi (rice dough) in the middle. The mochi makes the inside chewy. It’s pretty good, but I prefer the regular an pan over this. 7.75/10

Sourdough Green Tea An Pan:
This is an pan except they use a green tea flavor sourdough bun. I couldn’t really taste the green tea and just tasted like a sourdough bun although very light in flavor. It’s not as soft or fluffy as the regular bun with thicker and tougher exterior. It was alright, but I didn’t think it was anything special. 7.25/10

Sweet Cheese Bun:
This is a fluffy white bun filled with a sweet cheese filling and topped with powdered sugar. The bun is perfectly fluffy and soft and the cheese filling is really good. It’s slightly sour, but sweet and almost runny. This is excellent and one of the stars here. 8.5/10

Melon Pan:
Melon pan is the Japanese version of a Chinese bo lo bao (pineapple bun). I’m not sure who actually came up with it first, but I’m pretty sure it’s Chinese originally although I did read that either the Chinese got it from the Mexicans (pan dulce) or the Mexicans got it from the Chinese. Any which I love everyone’s version of this. It’s a baked white bun with no filling and a hard sugary top. The sugary top is really good and the bread is moist and fluffy. It’s simple, but really good. 8.5/10

Sweet Potato Cone:
This is a cone shaped pastry that is filled with sweet potato filling that has been spiced with cinnamon and has sesame seeds on top. It tastes exactly as it sounds and I love sweet potato so this was awesome for me. 8.25/10

Strawberry Shortcake:
This is just strawberry shortcake. The cake was moist and light and the frosting is the typical Asian style frosting that is very light. However, the frosting was a bit too sweet; I’d prefer if it was less sweet. I would’ve given a higher rating if it was less sweet. 7.25/10

Curry Beef Bun:
This is a baked bun filled with curry filling that has beef, potatoes and carrots in it and it’s topped with this savory herbal seasoning. The bun is soft and moist as all of Takahachi’s buns are. The curry filling is nicely flavored and the herbal powder seasoning on top is really good with the bun. It doesn’t look that great, but it’s really delicious. 8.25/10

Soufflé Cheesecake:
This is my favorite thing here. It’s really light cheesecake that is just slightly sweet and a bit sour. I don’t know how to properly explain this, but it’s really good. 8.75/10

Pumpkin Roll:
This is a twisty roll that has swirls of pumpkin paste in it. Again moist and soft and the bread goes perfectly with the pumpkin. This was very nice. 8/10

Overall, I like this bakery a lot and if you happen to be in the area definitely give it a try.

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  1. Japanese and (most Taiwanese) bakeries have perfected the souffle cheesecakes.

    Not sure why western bakeries have not taken a gander at this pastry.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      yah im not sure why either, but i really like the version here. very light and not sweet, im not sure if everyone will like it as much as i do, but i think its awesome

      i dont think you stay around this area ipsedixit, but if u happen to be in tribeca its worth stopping by for a souffle cheesecake or a sweet cheese bun

      i actually just got back from home..hit up yokohama st honore, cream pan and 85 c. Btw have you noticed 85 C's pastries getting excessively buttery? i hadn't been there in a while and the ones at Diamond Jamboree in Irvine were like so buttery

      1. re: Lau

        85c has suffered a bit of drop in quality and consistency. Over expansion probably.

        That said, I usually went there for their breads.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          yah i really didnt even enjoy the pastries i got bc they were just so buttery. that place does amazing business, a good 20+ person line to get in at 4pm on a saturday

          i ate at vien dong in little saigon, got a foot massage at diamond jamboree and then went to 85C....true glutton holiday type of day

          i got some good new spots though i need to post up on the LA so behind on posting bc of work

    2. Sounds delicious! I tried their mousse cake long ago and it had too much gelatine that the texture was like rubber. May be it has improved since then.

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      1. re: kosmose7

        i haven't tried any of their cakes aside from the souffle cheesecake; they didn't look that great and maybe they aren't based on your experience!

        however, most of their buns and roll type of things ive tried are excellent

      2. I'm there about 3 times a week. My usual pastry is the Maron pie ( a chestnut filled pastry). I often get the salads there or the sandwiches also. The California roll sandwich is one I like. You can trust the fish items as are an entity of Takahachi Japanese restaurant nearby.
        They make a good cup of latte or cappuccino too. An added plus is their restroom is very clean.

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        1. re: foodwhisperer

          oh yah that chestnut filled pastry is pretty good, but i didn't have a picture of it so i didn't post about it

          i haven't tried any of their savory items, but they have a decent selection

        2. I wish Yamazaki reopened near Grand Central, but that was around when New Yorkers could still be found in New York...

          1. How did the strawberry shortcake compare to panya, chikalicious and lady m?

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            1. re: Shirang

              I don't know bc I haven't had it at any of those places in a long time; it's not something I usually order. It was alright but I probably wouldn't get it again, the frosting was sweeter than I like

              Btw I do really like Lady M but it's sort of a specialty bakery which is why i dont really consider it a regular Japanese bakery like panya etc which I think are not that great

              1. re: Lau

                Btw I do really like Lady M but it's sort of a specialty bakery which is why i dont really consider it a regular Japanese bakery like panya etc which I think are not that great

                And it costs about 1/2 a hotel night's stay in Midtown to buy any sizeable order there.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  yah def expensive but that green tea mille crepe is so good

                2. re: Lau

                  Panya's cakes have improved, their breads are still not very good. Strawberry shortcake is my measuring stick for Japanese bakeries, and I think Panya's is surprisingly good.