On the market for an excellent loaf of dense, chocolate-streaked babka, a buttery, flaky bag of rugelach, or perfectly crumbly, jam-stuffed three-sided hamentashen cookies? There are plenty of places to source superlative Jewish pastries around the city, from venerable, endearingly no-frills mom-and-pop outfits that’ve been keeping it old school for many decades, like Moishe’s East Village bakery or Yonah Schimmel’s knishery, to much newer sensations like Breads Bakery. Same goes for classic NYC confections that aren’t technically Jewish but are often lumped in the same general category, like the black and white cookie.
Most are Eastern European recipes in origin, with many tracing back to Hungary in particular, with a couple outliers, like Mansoura’s Syrian offerings. Ahead, 12 great places for all sorts of Jewish pastries worth tracking down.
Note: This map is arranged geographically, from north to south.Read More