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Jan 20, 2014 03:45 PM
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Breads bakery's chocolate babka, when fresh from the oven, is pure heaven

I mean wow. Soooooooo good when you get it fresh hot from the oven. Foodie bliss. :). The only problem is that once it cools its not as good, so eat it straight from the oven!!!

Also no need to get there early for fresh babka.. They bake it fresh throughout the day

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  1. I just got Breads' chocolate babka based upon all the swooning reviews I've been reading here and elsewhere on the web. It's good, but too flaky for my taste. Maybe I should have heated it up when I got home. I'm still longing for the chocolate babka from a little kosher bakery/sandwich shop that was on South William Street in lower Manhattan, but which closed down some time ago. That was babka worth fighting over!!

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    1. re: kiwi46

      Absolutely best warmed or hot.
      Have you also tried Moishe's? They've been around a long time and have a more traditional babka- call before you go, they sell out of items with some frequency
      http://www.moishesbakeshop.com

    2. I also just got one the other day. I should have gotten two.....
      Late afternoon and it was warm. It was delicious.

      1. This stuff is pure carby crack in the most delicious way possible! Breads also make this amazing granola-type roll.

        1. Frankly, I don't know any carbs that doesn't taste good fresh from the oven.

          1. If you like that one, try the one at the Arcade Bakery (220 Church Street).

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            1. re: EllenR

              Although Arcade's Babka is not exactly traditional. It is the best tasting babka I've had anywhere in NYC. I had the Whiskey Pecan Babka. Breads was good, Moishe's is traditionally good. Try Arcade and you''ll find not only the best babka, but the best plain croissants and almond croissants around. The ham and cheese croissant and the chocolate pear croissant tasted great but were light on the filling. This place is literally a stand in an office building, with "ledge" seating and makeshift tables. Great Tribeca spot.

              1. re: foodwhisperer

                Check out the banana caramel babka at Dough.

                1. re: foodwhisperer

                  Also great at Arcade are the chocolate babka, individual pizza and the ham-cheese-butter sandwich on mini baguette. Roger, who is always at the cash register, has quite a pedigree including the French Laundry and Per Se.

                  1. re: foodwhisperer

                    Do they sell the babka by the slice or loaf..? I'm thinking i could go by on my way to jury duty this week in the morning- i seem to spend my lunch break on the phone with my office and have to sit scribbling notes...

                      1. re: EllenR

                        Done. I'll be there first thing tomorrow morning!!

                          1. re: EllenR

                            That was holycrapamazing!!! I had a gorgeous slice of the chocolate babka with a cup of coffee-seriously the breakfast of champions :)
                            The chocolate pear croissant sounds so tempting too. I should have bought a loaf...I'll definitely be back.
                            Thanks for the great suggestion!

                            1. re: Ttrockwood

                              If you buy a loaf order it ahead as it is $20 when ordered vs. $28 if they happen to have one for sale when you stop in. I am not aware that they have a phone so you may need to stop in to order.

                              1. re: EllenR

                                I don't know when i'll be able to make it back with their current hours... :/
                                Thanks for the tip, that's a big savings!

                  2. re: EllenR

                    I tried the chocolate and poppy seed and they're very rich, while delicious, they're almost too buttery for me. Just FYI for those who are interested in it, the texture is not quite as bready as traditional babkas I've had, and teeters on the edge of being greasy. Delicious but not quite what I expected, it's almost croissant-like.

                    1. re: Pookipichu

                      Croissant-like is a good description.

                      1. re: EllenR

                        They should call it a crabka and market it on daytime television like Ansel.

                    2. re: EllenR

                      I tried Arcade's chocolate babka a couple of weeks ago. I like it better than Breads', although I would love to have tried the poppy seed, which they were out of. Sandwiches there were excellent but, as with the babka, very pricey.