Open Thread Wednesday 3/5/14

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  • jopart

    Does anyone know where to get really good bread, or the next best thing to baking it at home?

  • Andrew Porter

    I’ve looked hopelessly for good bread in the heights. There’s a good selection at Garden of Eden. There are a wide variety of packaged breads at Trader Joe’s, and you can get fresh hot bread at Sahadi’s on Atlantic. Damascus Bakery, next door, has fresh Middle-Eastern breads, made fresh. Over the years, numerous bakeries have come and gone in BH, but this sort of establishment—like you see in “Moonstruck”—has passed, like the 5&10 and other places we remember from our youth, into history…

    Mmmmm: cornish pasties (only bakery photo I have):

  • ClaudeScales

    “Cornish pasties”? I thought those were accessories for strippers in St. Ives.

    Really, though, the Brits invented empanadas?

  • Andrew Porter

    “Pass-tees”; not “pay-stees”, which you used to find at Club Wild Fyre on Clark Street. Use Google, Claude!

  • David on Middagh
  • Karl Junkersfeld

    David, I was going to post the same location when I came across your post. Almondine has great baguettes and is #1 in my book. I go there 3 times a week without fail. I am a regular at Le Pain but find their bread wanting with the exception of their 4 grain with raisons. If looking for a nice white or whole grain loaf, Lansing and Hennings on Montague gets a daily shipment from a local bakery whose name escapes me.

  • AnnofOrange

    Bread Alone stand at the Greenmarket on Saturdays has great variety of bread and pastries.

  • Moni

    It’s Lassen & Hennigs. and it’s the only place you can get a decent rye bread (Orwasher’s) but only very rarely, and without seeds unfortunately.

  • DIBS

    Brooklyn Fare has some. A bit far. The Italian “baguette” at the newly opened Brooklyn Bread inside the St George by the 2/3 entrance is pretty good in a pinch

  • CassieVonMontague

    Lassen & Hennigs has Orwashers and Balthazar bread on rare occasions. Maybe you have to get there early.

    Trek to Union Market has Eli’s bread and Balthazar bread regularly. Balthazar boules are the best bread I’ve ever had.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Thanks for the correction. It isn’t the first time I made that mistake. I need seeds in my rye also.

  • ClaudeScales

    ‘Twas in jest. I had my first Cornish pastie at the Bells of Hell some time in 1978.

  • Monty

    Almondine is as good as anything I ever had anywhere in Europe.

  • ellymay

    Has anyone used the services of the shoemaker on Montague St.? He wanted $40 for heels on old boots and when I decided not to accept , he basically threw me out of his establishment.I explained that I was not questioning his price but that the boots were on their last leg(LOL) and originally not expensive boots.He told me with a very bad attitude not to go in his store if I could not afford it. I left telling him that he had a problem …it was surprising and funny.

  • Alec

    Best baguette is at Fairway in Red Hook. Best bagel is Court St. bagels.
    Best Challah is Lassen and Hennings (Fridays only).

  • Faith

    I used him once. He’s an absolutely horrible & miserable person to have to deal with – and it’s NOT like his workmanship is something so special that he can get away with treating people as poorly has he does and charging ridiculous prices. I recommend going to to Stanley’s Cobbler Shop on Thames Street in Manhattan. The owner Charlie is a lovely person & the work they do is excellent for the price. I only take my shoes to him now.

  • ellymay

    Thanks for the tip, Faith.

  • Martin L Schneider

    On bread, Sahadi’s freshly bakes Tribeca Oven breads all day long. They are exceptionally delicious. Their baguettes are superb with just the right yeasty flavor that otherwise you have to get at Almondine but Sahadi’s price is highly competitive.

    And, for the king of multigrains, Tribecas version is the best anywhere. It also stays fresh for three or four days and freezes beautifully. Love those carbs.

  • Faith

    No problem ellymay! Glad to help.

  • Heightsman

    Hands down…it’s Almondine for baguettes. Perhaps the best in all of NYC. No joke.

  • MonroeOrange


  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Alec, it is Lassen and Hennigs. I was corrected earlier in the thread.

  • David on Middagh

    Poor Lassen & Hennigs—I’ll bet they see *every* variation on their mail.

  • DIBS


  • DIBS

    Pretty sure Btrooklyn Fare carries Balthazar as well

  • DIBS

    Google “Dr. Shine” locations. I use one in the 53rd & Madison E/M train and they are great. Best in Manhattan is the one down in the lower level of Rock Plaza just as you come out of the subway area on the right side past the flower booth

  • miriamcb

    Has anyone tried Blue Apron? I saw a Blue Apron box in my building and I was wondering if it’s any good.

  • Andrew Porter

    At least it’s not a cellphone store: Newly opened up the stairs and across from SuperCuts at 110 Montague Street is… another barber shop! With a big obnoxious sign in front, too. I went in, told them to Google “Landmarks Preservation Commission”…

  • Jorale-man

    Can anyone recommend a salon in the area for a good men’s haircut? What about Heights Salon? I’m weary of trying new places but my longtime hair-cutter moved out of town recently and I’m shopping around now. Thanks in advance.

  • miriamcb

    My husband used to go to Studio 78 by Clark’s Diner across from the 2/3 stop. He only doesn’t go now because he was balding, so he just decided to preemptively shave his head. Jane cut his hair. I go to Stas for mine and love him.