Fay Da Bakery

Restaurants, Bakeries Chinatown
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Mango mochi at Fay Da Bakery
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Taro puff at Fay Da Bakery

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Chocolate walnut swirl roll at Fay Da Bakery
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Fay Da Bakery
Han Chou’s steel-accented bakeshop has been a Chinatown staple since 1991, growing from a humble local bakery into a chain with 14 stores throughout Manhattan, Queens, Connecticut and Chengdu, China. And the crowds haven’t waned one bit—sweets seekers line up, tongs in hand, before an amber-lit display of sugary buns, fresh bulk bread and Western-style pastries. There are American touches, like a chocolate-walnut swirl and pullman loaf—the baker who taught Chow learned from a U.S. soldier during World War II—but the Asian goods are the real draw. Petite wonders include the taro puff, a purple, spiraled orb of moist, mashed root vegetable in a whisper-thin crust; and the mango mochi a chewy, Turkish delight—like rice-flour treat teeming with orange liqueur and fresh mango bits and juice.


Venue name: Fay Da Bakery
Address: 83 Mott St
Cross street: between Bayard and Canal Sts
Opening hours: Daily 7am–8:30pm
Transport: Subway: J, Z, N, Q, R, 6 to Canal St
Price: Average pastry: $2. Cash only
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