The Upper West Side is chock full of awesome bakeries. That’s why the neighborhood smells so great, except when the wind is blowing in from New Jersey.
Eater recognized four of those bakeries in a recent list of their 15 favorite bakeries in the city.
Recolte: This new bakery at 300 Amsterdam Avenue (74th) was opened by chef Peng-Chieh Wang, who “incorporates softer Japanese flours into some breads and pastries to achieve an airier texture. The flavor of the butter and fruit shines through sugared brioche sprinkled with cherries or layered with pears.”
Orwasher’s: The bakery at 81st and Amsterdam “is best known for its rugelach, pumpernickel bread, spelt loaves, jelly doughnuts, and black-and-white cookies, but don’t miss the sticky-bun babka, chocolate croissants, seeded bagels, glazed doughnuts, turnovers, or cherry cheese strudel — it’s some of the best in the city.”
Epicerie Boulud: The pastry chefs at the store on 64th and Broadway aren’t “afraid to experiment: The inside of his chocolate-raspberry croissant is plump with dark chocolate cream while the outside is a spiral of hot pink, making it an Instagram sensation.”
Breads Bakery: The chain has an outlet at 63rd and Broadway. “Breads’ babka has become a new pastry icon in a city full of black-and-white cookies and wedges of cheesecake.”
There are, of course, lots more great bakeries in the neighborhood, including Pain d’Epices at 104 West 70th Street; La Toulousaine at 942 Amsterdam (106th Street) and of course Levain at 167 West 74th Street and 351 Amsterdam (77th). Add your favorites in the comments.