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Taster’s Cherce

There are few things in this world that are as essential, and as satisfying, as a good bakery.

This coming from someone who doesn’t have one anywhere near him.

[Photo Credit: Dina. M]


1 krad   ~  Sep 23, 2011 10:26 am

And the owners of the Corner Cafe, Mom's, and Palumbo suddenly feel very cold..... ;)

2 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2011 10:44 am

Neither of those two jernts are worth half a shit.

3 Chyll Will   ~  Sep 23, 2011 11:12 am

We used to make a habit of going to the Ossining Bakery on Rt. 9 when we lived in Westchester, then when we moved to Dutchess , Mom would stop in on her way to work and bring something back once a week. They had (have?) large and flaky doughnuts and their Portuguese Rolls were off the chain. I especially liked watching them go through the auto-slicer, then being handed a slice to munch on.

A lot of bakeries popping (not pooping) up now are more boutique style which I hate because they charge boutique prices, but my favorite of those is Lulu on West 18th and Ninth Ave. We filmed an episode of a food show there and I was going nuts all day.

B, if you can't make the trip to Macedonia Bakery on Arthur Avenue, you're just not trying hard enough >;)

4 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2011 11:21 am

Dude, I'm not driving 45 minutes through the Bronx to get to Arthur Ave. The pernt of a good bakery is to have one in the vicinity. On special occasions, of course, a haul is worth it. But there is nothing on Arthur Ave, including Macedonia, that rivals what you can find in Manhattan for bread. Other treats are other treats but I'm talking about good bread.

5 NoamSane   ~  Sep 23, 2011 11:58 am

Clearly you need to be making your own Alex.

6 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2011 12:10 pm

5) Don't have a good enough oven for that, otherwise I'd consider it.

7 TheGreenMan   ~  Sep 23, 2011 12:44 pm

I feel your pain. My favorite bakery is a 45-minute ride east. Well, that's my second favorite bakery. My favorite bakery is about an hour and a half away. So I tend to try not to even think about that particular injustice.

And I'm surrounded by bakeries. They all suck. Thank God that there is at least a good bagel shop in my neighborhood. Surrounded by a half-dozen more that suck, but at least there is that one.

Now I'm dying for a fresh sourdough rye loaf. Great...

8 Branco   ~  Sep 23, 2011 12:56 pm

What about the new farmer's market at 141 on Sundays? There's gotta be some decent bread there.

9 Diane Firstman   ~  Sep 23, 2011 3:08 pm

Alex .... I think you need to sign up for Fresh Direct, if they offer it in your nabe. Their bakery does everything ... breads, cakes, pies.

10 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Sep 23, 2011 5:47 pm

Are we being nostalgic, or did our tastes change? When I was a kid, there was good bread at a lot of local bakeries. I fondly remember the Garden Bakery in Glen Oaks, and their rolls, rye bread, and more were exquisite. Anything like that today would be considered high concept baking. It was normal then.

11 Raf   ~  Sep 24, 2011 5:38 am

The Kneaded Bread in Port Chester's pretty good, as is Neri's. Also have JJ Cassone's here as well.

Not bad for a tiny place.

12 krad   ~  Sep 25, 2011 11:44 am

Actually, that's three jernts -- Mom's has pretty good bread, honestly. It's on 235th, next to the Key Food.

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