Restaurants Bedford-Stuyvesant
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)

Snag top-notch loaves from the takeout window of this bakeshop. Owner Matthew Tilden works Cayuga Pure Organics grains into savory breads, like hearty wheat made with bourbon-soaked currants, raisins and toasted pecans; and sweet treats, such as a cocoa-nib-and-chai sticky “hand roll.” Get there early: Tilden’s goods go quickly.


Venue name: SCRATCHbread (CLOSED)
Address: 1069 Bedford Ave

Cross street: at Lexington Ave
Opening hours: Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri 7:30am–4pm; Sat-Sun 9am-4pm
Transport: Subway: G to Bedford–Nostrand Aves
Price: Average bread: $5. Cash
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I am SO SAD that Scratchbread closed. This was one of my favorite breakfast spots in all of New York City. I would get almost the same thing every time: a cup of grits (chunky and creamy) with roasted seasonal vegetables, a perfectly cooked soft egg and almond romesco. Seriously, seriously delicious. Scratchbread also offered veggie flatbreads and breakfast baked good, and it made its loaves of bread in-house. The place, for a long time, was just a window counter. After some time, it renovated into a longer indoor counter with a more established front space. In articles I read, the owner said he had "3 lifetimes' worth of debt." Not really sure how that happened.

Scratch Bread is really good. They have a list of items divided into eggs, veg, sauce, or meat that they will either put on grits, salad rice, or on a sandwich. You can leave this place with a basic (but still good) sandwich for cheap or you can load up a large order of grits with a bunch of their toppings and have a slightly pricier lunch. 

Their items appear to be seasonal and their supply of certain items varies over the course of a day. Their bread here is great, and you can buy a whole loaf for a reasonable price (I think I saw a loaf of focaccia going for $5). From my experience, the items all combine well and the person at the cash register was more than happy to give us a suggestion. 

There is no seating in this place and the area for customers is a little tight, which results in a sizable line lying outside the door on weekends that looks a lot worse than it is in reality. 

This is a great lunch option in the area and I can guarantee you that I will be returning.