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Mar 7, 2014 11:06 AM

Black Hound Closing

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Simon

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

    2. 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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      1. re: ellenost

        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. :)

        1. re: Pookipichu

          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.

          1. re: Pookipichu

            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.

            1. re: ellenost

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

              1. re: ellenost

                I think you mean Baked by Melissa and I agree with you on the chuckling.

            2. re: ellenost

              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.

              1. re: ellenost

                I always found their stuff high-quality and worthy of respect, but I think both of us probably reacted to what I would call a rather generous touch with the butter.

              2. 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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                1. re: was_bk

                  For carrot cake (at least),if you ever get up to the bronx by van cortland park is a place -Lloyd's carrot cakes- very good,very reasonable and also sold by whole cake,or slices

                2. SOS: BLACK HOUND's BUSY BEE Cake is my friend's favorite.

                  It's her birthday in two days (Tuesday, August 26, 2014). Now that BLACK HOUND is CLOSED, I don't know what to do.

                  As I'm really not in the mood to bake a chocolate marzipan cake, ARE THERE ANY CHOWHOUNDS OUT THERE THAT CAN GIVE ME IMMEDIATE ADVICE AS TO WHERE A SIMILAR CAKE CAN BE PURCHASED?

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                  1. re: ZaZa

                    First i would suggest you cool it with the CAPS (please). It comes across as yelling....

                    Cafe sabarsky has a chocolate marzipan cake with orange confit by the slice, its worth a call to see if they make small cakes. Described as "Rehrücken * chocolate marzipan cake with orange confiture"

                    Payard's opera cake includes almond (like marzipan) as well as espresso

                    I think smorgas chef at scandanavia house in midtown still makes princess cakes- a vanilla cake with layers of creme and raspberry inside covered with pastel marzipan

                    1. re: Ttrockwood

                      Thank you for your immediate response. Please pardon the CAPS. I had no idea it comes across as yelling. If it is offensive to capitalize the names of patisseries, please let me know.

                      CAFE SABARSKY is an excellent choice. It will also give me a chance to visit the Neue Gallerie. (I'm really impressed you could type in an umlaut).

                      "Rehrücken chocolate marzipan cake with orange confiture".

                      A "cut & paste" (to enable an umlaut to be typed in) reveals effort on your behalf, for which I am grateful.

                      Have already checked PAYARD. My preference is Opera Cake, but she really enjoys marzipan. (They already had Opera Cake in their home this last week; something new, something splendid is idylic).

                      I'll probably buy some macaroons at PAYARD on Houston Street, a slice of Dacquoise from TARTINE, along with Rehrücken chocolate marzipan cake with orange confiture from CAFE SABARSKY.

                      She will be delighted!

                      Since my post, I was going to have a look at:

                      MAISON KAYSOR (on 22nd St. & B'way) and
                      LA BERGAMOTE (on 9th Ave.)

                      That might not be necessary anymore.

                      Again, many thanks.

                      1. re: Ttrockwood

                        Just had a look at the website.

                        Final Decision: Chocolate Decadence from FRANCOIS PAYARD. Will also buy a few exta macaroons for an additional treat.


                        I'll walk over to Houston Street first thing tomorrow.

                        CAFE SABARSKY will be her surprise when we visit the Neue Gallerie on another date.

                        Again, with much gratitude, I thank you.

                        1. re: ZaZa

                          Perfect! I'm sure your friend will be delighted :)

                          1. re: Ttrockwood

                            The Chocolate Decadence from Francois Payard was exquisite!

                    2. Does anyone know if the Greenpoint bakery has also closed down? Their facebook/twitter accounts have not been updated since May, and the number they list no longer works.

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                      1. re: kewlly

                        Post on Outerboroughs board as someone who lives nearby/passes the location might know.

                        1. re: kewlly

                          When I set forth my SOS, I was informed they had closed by a place that sold their product (near Strand Bookstore). Hopefully they'll open again.