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Where can I find a Bear Claw in Manhattan?

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epicurian84 Apr 6, 2014 12:12 PM

I'm desperate to find a place to buy real bear claw pastries (not the insipid apple-filled thing the midwest calls a bear claw) while I'm in Manhattan later this month. Anyone know where to start looking?

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  1. Ttrockwood RE: epicurian84 Apr 6, 2014 01:29 PM

    Bear claws are hard to come by in nyc!
    A voce has one on their brunch menu:
    http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

    I **think** I've seen them at dean and deluca in soho at their coffee bar in front but call to check first.

    If you would settle for a wonderful almond croissant or almond brioche ceci cela's are great:
    http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

    Otherwise michael allen in brooklyn, also try posting on outer boroughs board
    http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

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      akimat21 RE: epicurian84 Apr 7, 2014 06:30 AM

      I love bear claws too and u really cannot find them easily in NYC. The only place where I was able to find them was at Panera Bread.

      1. Phil Ogelos RE: epicurian84 Apr 7, 2014 06:47 AM

        I thought bearclaws were really West Coast things, no? I can only think of Tom Waits asking the waitress to heat one up on the radar range.
        I'm not even sure I know what they look like.

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          kmzed RE: epicurian84 Apr 7, 2014 04:20 PM

          Old school Manhattan coffee shops used to have bear claws stacked to the rafters each day but no more. Bear claws have a remarkable resemblance to a Sicilian baked sweet called "buccellato" -- which is filled with almond paste, raisins, figs, dates, flavored with cinnamon and orange peel or fennel -- that I have begun to suspect that may be the origin of American bear claws. The Sicilian buccellato is most often a rolled tube, whose ends are joined to make a ring, and the sides are slashed for baking, revealing the filling. But if you were selling this cake in a bakery as a breakfast pastry you would either slice into smaller, crescent shaped segments or bake it that way. The slashed curved segments would each look like a claw

          The Sicilians are among the few Italians who eat more of a rich "breakfast", often a very sweet one. Almonds, cinnamon, figs, dates and raisins are very much local products in Sicily (and such products are in no way "danish"!).

          So if I were looking for a great bear claw in NYC, I would go looking for a Sicilian baker.

          Here is a picture of a buccellato siciliano (not to be confused with buccellato from Lucca, a totally different cake)

          http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_zfmh-5Q5Ltw...

          Sicilians also bake traditional Christmas cookies with a fig filling that look like smaller bear claws. Maybe they were supersized for the American breakfast market.

          http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_OQigsUsJo-8...

          On the other hand (or claw), maybe they really are from Denmark. There are no bears in Sicily and the Danes are fiends for cinnamon.

          http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013...

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            bronwen RE: kmzed Apr 8, 2014 07:56 AM

            I thought they were Canadian, when I was in Ottawa there were tons of little places selling them.

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