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Black Hound Closing

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Pookipichu Mar 7, 2014 11:06 AM

http://ny.eater.com/archives/2014/03/...

It's such a shame, they were reliable and open very late. I can't understand how places like Dallas BBQ, or more relevantly those awful Crumbs, Baked by Melissas, etc.etc. can stay in business but Black Hound, a bakery that actually produces good quality baked goods, cannot.

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    Simon RE: Pookipichu Mar 7, 2014 12:01 PM

    such a loss...i don't even eat sweets much myself, but i've gone there so many times over the years to get desserts/gifts for others and every single time the recipient has been delighted...sad...

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      Pookipichu RE: Simon Mar 7, 2014 12:36 PM

      Definitely great gifts, people have always appreciated cakes from Blackhound, especially the one with the cute honeybees :)

    2. ellenost RE: Pookipichu Mar 7, 2014 12:16 PM

      The article mentions that the owners may re-open in a new location. I had tried Black Hound a few times many years ago, and while their desserts were beautiful, I had found them lacking in taste. Sounds like they must have improved their taste through the years.

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        Pookipichu RE: ellenost Mar 7, 2014 12:27 PM

        Blackhound wasn't my favorite for taste, but they were high enough quality and presented beautifully, made great gifts and much better than Magnolia Bakery which is mobbed and ridiculously successful. :)

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          sam1 RE: Pookipichu Mar 7, 2014 01:26 PM

          obviously its a matter of preference but black hound was known for using alternatives to sugar to sweeten their baked goods...honey, etc...

          ive been going there for years now...their lemon bars, their orange cheesecake...their cookies...all excellent.

          ive noticed the place looked sparse over the last few months but never wouldve guessed they wouldve left that spot. it wasnt big.

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            ellenost RE: Pookipichu Mar 7, 2014 01:58 PM

            I always chuckle (in private) when people in my office bring in Magnolia mini-cupcakes for birthday celebrations. Chuckle (in private) almost as much as when they bring in the mini-cupcakes from Sweet Melissa.

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              Ttrockwood RE: ellenost Mar 7, 2014 03:58 PM

              I would be so sad if those become the only options in nyc as smaller bakeries close.....

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            hungrycomposer RE: ellenost Mar 7, 2014 01:39 PM

            I agree. For years I would be tempted by their lovely little cakes and cookies, but the taste was uniformly underwhelming. Finally I learned that everything looked far more tantalizing than it tasted.

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            was_bk RE: Pookipichu Mar 8, 2014 04:32 AM

            The most memorable & beautiful birthday cake I ever received was made by Black Hound.

            The top was decorated with fresh flowers. That was back when the shop was located on First Ave. & sadly they stopped offering those years ago.

            I always enjoyed the variety of small cakes, especially their carrot, which was spicier than the typically bland offerings of other bakeries. BH also offers a tasty selection of savories

            I do hope they reopen elsewhere. While I don't eat desserts much these days, I appreciate the niche they fill.

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