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Bourke Street Bakery
Photograph: Courtesy Bourke Street Bakery

The best bakeries in NYC

At the best bakeries in NYC you'll find world-class patisseries, pie shops, bread makers and tiered cake spots

By Bao Ong and Time Out contributors

February 2021 In times like these, we all need comfort food more than ever. If you're looking to indulge in some cookies or cakes try some delicious bites from some of the best bakeries in NYC. In addition to to-go offerings, most are also now offering same-day delivery and pick-up packages for those that want the sweet treats sent straight to the couch.

Sugar fiends never had it so good—with so many pedigreed dough-punchers setting up shop in our fair city, New Yorkers don't only have access to the best bakeries NYC has to offer, but they have access to some of the best bakeries in the world. Whether you’re looking for French bakery spots or all-American donut shops, the best pies for the holidays or one of the city’s best chocolate chip cookies, check out every best bakery NYC sweets lovers should know about. 

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Best bakeries in NYC

Dominique Ansel cookie shot
Photograph: Thomas Schauer

1. Dominique Ansel Bakery

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Bakeries Soho

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.


Daily Provisions, Crullers
Photograph: Liz Clayman

2. Daily Provisions

Restaurants Cafés Gramercy

Next door to that Union Square Café sits this small café sister issuing out Joe Coffee and house-baked breads (caraway rye, a house miche) and pastries (crullers in cinnamon-sugar, maple or original glaze) courtesy of head baker Justin Rosengarten. Chef Carmen Quagliata expands those offerings to include breakfast gougères and lunch sandwiches. The intimate space operates mostly as a takeout spot but there is a handful of high-top tables if you want to tuck in on site. 

Mah Ze Dahr
Photograph: Courtesy Mah Ze Dahr

3. Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries West Village

Since 2014, beloved pastry chef Umber Ahmad—along with pastry-partner Shelly Barbera (Brooklyn Fare, Aldea)—has been running her wholesale operation online, cranking out her famous cheesecakes and brioche doughnuts from a Harlem kitchen, much to the delight of her devoted customers (Oprah and Tom Colicchio are notable fans.) At this West Village location, savory goods have their place on the menu, as well as new brioche morning buns and fresh tarts, alongside longtime favorites (dark-chocolate brownies) and a full-service coffee-and-espresso bar to boot.

Supermoon Bakehouse
Photograph: Courtesy Supermoon Bakehouse

4. Supermoon Bakehouse

Restaurants Bakeries Lower East Side

This bakery from Ry Stephen of Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in L.A., San Francisco and Seoul takes desserts one step further with far-out sweets like a charcoal-meringue–stuffed squid-ink brioche and a torched-meringue–topped Cruffin filled with coconut-lime curd. But the standout morsel is the NYC (New York Croissant), a buttery everything-bagel croissant packed with cream cheese, capers and chunks of lox. Don't miss their must-try weekend delivery care packs.

Photograph: Lily Brown

5. Pilar Cuban Bakery

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Bakeries Bedford-Stuyvesant

At the decade-old Pilar Cuban Eatery’s Bed-Stuy sister spot, owner-chef Ricardo Barreras rethinks breakfast with underused-in-NYC Cuban ingredients. 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.

Patisserie Tomoko
Photograph: Courtesy Kumi Hayase

6. Patisserie Tomoko

Restaurants Bakeries Williamsburg

Haute pastry whiz Tomoko Kato (Bouley Bakery, Le Bernardin) crosses the bridge for this dessert tasting menu restaurant spotlighting French-Japanese confections. Snag a seat at the outdoor seating area for a three-course prix fixe including an amuse-bouche, a choice of sweet and petits fours. The pastries can be paired with wine, coffee or In Pursuit of Tea brews. You can also hit up the take out counter.

Bourke Street Bakery
Photograph: Courtesy Bourke Street Bakery

7. Bourke Street Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries Flatiron

The beloved Bourke Street Bakery Sydney café that opened in 2004 by Paul Allam and David McGuinness, debuts in NoMad with its first-ever New York expansion (the New York space is run by Allam and wife, Jessica Grynberg). Pastries and cakes include lemon curd tarts, carrot cake, ginger crème brûlée, as well as New York-only treats like a PB & J roll. But their savory sausage rolls—lamb and harissa, pork and fennel, as well as a vegetarian-friendly version made with eggplant, chickpea, feta and mint—are what they've come to be known for. 

Photograph: Jessica Lin

8. Ovenly

Restaurants Bakeries Greenpoint

Erin Patinkin and Agatha Kulaga, the duo behind the popular wholesale bakery, showcase their quirky pastries in their first retail location—a stylish 13-seat café decked out with herringbone tile and green-and-white patterned wallpaper. Take your Brooklyn Blackout Cake (made with Brooklyn Brewery beer and salted chocolate pudding) or carrot ginger cake with honey buttercream.


9. Gino's Pastry Shop

Restaurants Bakeries The Bronx

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

Crack pie from Momofuku Milk Bar
Photograph: Jessica Lin

10. Momofuku Milk Bar

Restaurants Bakeries Upper West Side

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 for their cereal-milk soft serve. Now, the bakery is also currently offering same-day delivery of their tasty treats.

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

11. Bien Cuit

Restaurants Bakeries Boerum Hill

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. 

New Flushing Bakery
Photograph: Ali Garber

12. New Flushing Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries Flushing

Forget all the egg tarts you’ve ever tasted in New York. This bakery’s Portuguese tart is the best we’ve tasted. 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.

Levain Bakery
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

13. Levain Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries Upper West Side

The cookies at Levain Bakery are the stuff of legends: Massive mounds that stay underdone in the middle, making them manna for cookie-dough lovers. Don’t miss the lush, brownielike double-chocolate number.

Photograph: Courtesy Baked

14. Baked

Restaurants Bakeries Red Hook

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).

Salty Honey pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Photograph: Courtesy Raydene Salinas

15. Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Restaurants Bakeries Gowanus

The two South Dakota–reared 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.

16. Sullivan St Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries Hell's Kitchen

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.  

Magnolia banana pudding
Photograph: Ned Semoff

17. Magnolia Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries West Village

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 a bite of comfort and nostalgia all wrapped in one bite. Smooth, creamy, slightly tart and just sweet enough to make us crave "just one more bite." 

18. Veniero’s Pasticceria and Caffe

Restaurants Bakeries East Village

You can still grab a great cup of jo and biscotti here, but allow yourself to be lured by gorgeous cakes, cannoli and deliciously creamy deep-dish cheesecake behind the counter. Savour your purchase while marveling at the Neapolitan glass ceiling and Italian renaissance art decorating the walls.

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Petee's Pie Company
Photograph: Courtesy Petee's Pie Company

19. Petee’s Pie Company

Restaurants Bakeries Lower East Side

If heaven had a scent, it would probably smell 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, as well as other Norweigan-inspired bake goods.

20. Orwasher’s Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries Upper East Side

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 Orwasher’s 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. NYC patrons can now order ahead for curbside pickup.

Mille-Feuille Bakery Caf
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

21. Mille-Feuille

Restaurants Bakeries Greenwich Village

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 on its side. The baked goods are all traditional French­—macarons, cheese brioche and chocolate sables—but the real standout is Dessyn’s croissant. Same-day home pickups and home-deliveries are both available.

22. Balthazar Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries Soho

This box-size boulangerie—attached to the iconic and ever-trendy Balthazar bistro—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.

Patisserie Chanson
Photograph: Teddy Wolff

23. Patisserie Chanson

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants American creative Flatiron

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. You can currently order delivery and pick-up services across the city as well as to-go cocktails.

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Wally Gobetz

24. Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop

Restaurants Bakeries Greenpoint

You’ll find doughy fritters, not Tinkerbell, at this Greenpoint standby. Dip your lightly glazed raised doughnut into steaming coffee at the curved counter or box up a dozen still-warm chocolate cake rounds and black-raspberry jellies—just some of the 20-odd varieties baked daily.

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