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NYC's 29 best bakeries

Including holiday pie pros, famous cupcake destinations, local favorites and tourist spots.

Amber Sutherland-Namako
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Bao Ong
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Amber Sutherland-Namako
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Bakeries in New York City trade in more than morning croissants, holiday pies and dinner party cookies: They’re dusting the city with joy like powdered sugar from a sifter. Whether you’re popping in on a whim, or stopping by is a bit more of a chore, the aroma, the variety and the promise of something sweet on the horizon make them a bit of a respite from the city’s otherwise frenetic energy. So the next time you need a treat or even just to pause for a beat, head to New York City’s best bakeries. 

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Best bakeries in NYC

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  • Soho
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Dominique Ansel honed his skills as executive pastry chef at Daniel for six years before opening this American and French patisserie. Caramelized croissants, miniature pastel meringues and madeleines make up the sweet selections at the counter, in addition to Ansel's madcap creations like milk shot glasses made from chocolate-chip cookies and frozen s'mores on a stick. Of course, the Cronut is still going strong.

 

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  • West Village
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Pastry chef Umber Ahmad and partner Shelly Barbera (Brooklyn Fare, Aldea) have been running a wholesale operation online since 2014, cranking out famous cheesecakes and brioche doughnuts from a Harlem kitchen. Savory goods join the menu at this West Village location, along with brioche morning buns, fresh tarts, dark-chocolate brownies and a full-service coffee-and-espresso bar.

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  • Williamsburg
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Haute pastry whiz Tomoko Kato's (Bouley Bakery, Le Bernardin) dessert tasting menu spotlights French-Japanese confections. Snag a seat for a three-course prix fixe including an amuse-bouche, your choice of sweets and petits fours. Pair your pastries with wine, coffee or tea. Items are also available to go. 

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  • Greenpoint
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Erin Patinkin and Agatha Kulaga expanded their popular wholesale bakery with their first retail location—a stylish 13-seat café decked out with herringbone tile and green-and-white patterned wallpaper. Pop by for a Brooklyn Blackout Cake (made with Brooklyn Brewery beer and salted chocolate pudding) or carrot ginger cake with honey buttercream.

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  • The Bronx
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This iconic Arthur Avenue bakery has supplied locals with Italian baked goods and wedding cakes since 1960. Pass time waiting in the shop's ever-present line by admiring the photos of famous visitors that line the walls, like Joe Pesci and Al Pacino.

Pasticceria Monteleone
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  • Carroll Gardens
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Colloquially known as The One With the Burger Cake in the Window, this old-world bakery creates all manner of pretty special occasion cakes. For everyday affairs, it also has rows and rows of dainty mini-pastries, gelato and an abundance of Italian cookies. 

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  • Lower East Side
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This bakery from Ry Stephen of Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in L.A., San Francisco and Seoul sells sweets like a charcoal-meringue–stuffed squid-ink brioche and a torched-meringue–topped Cruffin filled with coconut-lime curd. Its standout morsel is the NYC (New York Croissant), a buttery everything-bagel croissant packed with cream cheese, capers and chunks of lox. 

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  • Bedford-Stuyvesant

Ricardo Barreras rethinks breakfast at this extension of Pilar Cuban Eatery. The casual menu is perfect for on-the-go bites. Or stay and nosh amid the kitsch of Miami cafés: an ’80s-style painting of a papaya, a fake marlin, geometric pastel tiling and a spunky neon sign that displays the shop’s name.

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  • Gramercy
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Daily Provisions dolls out house-baked breads (caraway rye, miche) and pastries (crullers in cinnamon-sugar, maple or original glaze) beside sister spot Union Square Café. The intimate space operates mostly for takeout, but there are a handful of high-top tables if you want to tuck in for gougères at breakfast and sandwiches at lunch. 



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  • DUMBO

Though it previously had a couple of seats inside its nondescript storefront, Burrow is presently only open for pickup orders. Check out its frequently updated selection and take your treats to nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park. Some of our past favorites included the green tea opera cake and the banana tart.

 

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  • Upper West Side
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Pastry whiz Christina Tosi conjures up homey sweets at this bakery spin-off from the Momofuku team. In recent years, Tosi has been a globally-recognized fixture in the food scene with countless partnerships and a her very own Chef's Table episode. Milk Bar continues to churn out whimsical sweets, most notably its cereal-milk soft serve. 

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  • Boerum Hill
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This sunny European-American bakery, opened by a pair of Philadelphia transplants, has established itself as a neighborhood favorite in Cobble Hill. Zachary Golper, formerly the head baker at fancy-pants French restaurant Le Bec-Fin, is the man behind the bread, and he named his debut shop after the French saying bien cuit, meaning a “well-done” darkened crust. The airy café offers a plentiful variety of baked goods, including breads, morning pastries, minitarts and open-faced sandwiches. 

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  • Flushing
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Forget all the egg tarts you’ve ever tasted in New York. This bakery’s Portuguese tart is the best we’ve had. Enveloped in a buttery dough, the jiggly custard is full of vanilla and almond notes, but the tart itself is not overly sweet. We always order more than one.

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  • Upper West Side
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The cookies at Levain Bakery are the stuff of legend: Massive mounds that stay underdone in the middle, making them ideal for cookie-dough lovers. Don’t miss the lush, brownie-adjacent double-chocolate number.

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  • Red Hook
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At this snug bakery and café in Red Hook, kids can load up on homestyle American sweets like fruit pies, brownies, cupcakes and red velvet cake. The traditional apple pie is the best we've ever had (sorry, Mom).

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  • Gowanus
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The two South Dakota sisters who opened Four & Twenty Blackbirds learned pie-baking from their grandma, and her expert instruction is evident in varieties like lemon chess, rhubarb custard and salty honey enveloped in an exquisitely flaky crust. Linger at one of the comfy communal tables long enough, and your kids are bound to request a second slice—but if you want to take home a whole pie, you'll need to order it at least 48 hours in advance.

Sullivan St Bakery
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  • Hell's Kitchen
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Jim Lahey has made his name selling some of New York’s best breads, at this essential bakery and other gourmet stores around the city. Toothsome round loafs get an extra dose of goodness from raisins, walnuts and olives; the bomboloni, or Italian-style doughnuts, satisfy sweet tooths of all ages with vanilla bean custard or a fruit jam filling.  

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  • West Village
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While we wouldn't turn down Magnolia's beloved cupcakes, it's the banana pudding that puts this New York icon on our best bakeries list. It's comfort and nostalgia all wrapped in one bite. Smooth, creamy, slightly tart and just sweet enough to keep us coming back. 

Veniero’s Pasticceria and Caffe
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  • East Village
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You can always grab a great cup of coffee and a biscotti to go, but allow yourself to linger and be lured by the gorgeous cakes, cannoli and deliciously creamy deep-dish cheesecake behind the counter. Savor your goods and marvel at the Neapolitan glass ceiling and Italian renaissance art decorating the walls.

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  • Lower East Side
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If heaven has a scent, it probably smells a lot like Petee's Pies on the Lower East Side—buttery, cinnamon-y, carb-y. Set on bustling Delancey Street near the entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge, the exterior doesn't scream cozy, but once you step inside the tiny storefront, you're surrounded by both modern and vintage touches. And co-owner and chef Petra Paredez incorporates the old with the new in her pastries as well, serving classic and old-school pie varieties like nesselrode (a chestnut-and-cherry pie from the 1940s), mince and almond chess, and other Norweigan-inspired bake goods.

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  • Upper East Side
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When Keith Cohen bought this bakery from its founding owners a few years back, he wanted to expand on the century-old kosher spot’s old-world reputation by producing cutting-edge artisan breads. While he still makes Orwashers' famous Jewish rye, Cohen has remodeled the tiled-floor shop into a sunlit café, and now sells crusty European-style loaves and rustic “artisan wine” bread made with natural yeasts found on the grapes at Long Island’s Channing Daughters Winery. 

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  • Greenwich Village
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Pierre Hermé acolyte Olivier Dessyn, who fell in love with New York City during a vacation here, moved from Paris and opened this humble shop in Greenwich Village. Inspired by NYU’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library across the street, Dessyn named his patisserie after the mille-feuille, a layered dessert that reminded the toque of a book. The baked goods are all traditionally French­—macarons, cheese brioche and chocolate sables—but the real standout is Dessyn’s croissant. 

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  • Soho
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This box-size boulangerie—attached to the iconic and ever-trendy Balthazar restaurant—does a roaring trade with locals and tourists alike. It's flaky croissants, heavenly pastries and sturdy loaves are deployed as a mark of quality at cafés and restaurants around the city.

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  • American creative
  • Flatiron
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As grown-ups we can have dessert whenever we want. But sadly we do not act upon that freedom as much as we could or should. There are few places where sweet treats are as much of an event as at the dessert bar at Patisserie Chanson. The cafe also has savory brunch fare in addition to its cakes, éclairs and tarts. 

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  • Taiwanese
  • East Williamsburg

Josh Ku and Trigg Brown's restaurant, Win Son, proffers inventive takes on Taiwanese-American bites. Now the duo has opened a bakery located across the street serving excellent mochi donuts made in-house by pastry chef Danielle Spence. 

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