From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part III: A Question About Polish Bakeries

November 11, 2010 by
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This inquiry comes from a chap named Mark. He writes:

Hiya Heather,

…I have a Greenpoint question for you.  What do you think is the best bakery in the neighborhood?  I’ve been tasked with bringing a cake to my family’s Thanksgiving celebration, and thought I would try to order something from a place in the neighborhood.  Do Polish bakeries tend to take orders?  Are they usually open on Thanksgiving morning?  I realize that’s actually three questions, but if you know the answer to the first one I’d very very grateful.

WOW… where do I start? Well, I will preface by stating I that tend to stay away from sweets. There are two reasons for this:

1. I am a very, VERY picky eater (just ask my parents or the Mister).
2. Too much sugar makes yours truly bounce off the walls.

The previous disclosures having been made, I have to say my favorite bakery is Jubilatka. Advice/Tips:

  1. If they are offering apple pie, BUY IT! They do not go overboard with the sugar. The sweetness of the apples they use carries the day!
  2. Jubilatka usually rolls out a pretty nice assortment of babka this time of year. Their chocolate/ginger bread babka, as I learned last year, is pretty— and tasty!

My piece having been said (and knowing there are many great bakeries here), I am going to offer up Mark’s question to my commenters. What is your favorite Polish Bakery— and why?

Miss Heather


6 Comments on From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part III: A Question About Polish Bakeries

  1. rutila on Thu, 11th Nov 2010 8:53 pm
  2. Syrena has the best cheese babka hands down because there’s not too much cheese, it’s well incorporated into the dough, and the ingredients stay moist.

  3. missheather on Thu, 11th Nov 2010 9:34 pm
  4. Never tried Syrena— but I have heard it is good! Great recommendation!

  5. OldStyleNo10 on Fri, 12th Nov 2010 9:19 am
  6. I second Jubilatka for cakes, pies and small pastries (especially those little cream-and-fruit tarts), and I’m very fond of the cheese babka at Rzszowska (I think that’s how it’s spelled) on Manhattan and and Java.

  7. rowan on Fri, 12th Nov 2010 5:55 pm
  8. I’ve enjoyed Syrena’s bread and agree with you and oldstyleno10 on jubilatka (also liked Rzszowska). i had to purchase a cake once for a Christmas get-together and was told at the bakery (I believe it was either Jubilatka or Rzszowska) that it is first-come first-serve. my suggestion would be to inquire about their business hours leading up to Thanksgiving and then get there early.

  9. Long-time Local Girl on Fri, 12th Nov 2010 6:18 pm
  10. Bakery Rzeszowska for cheese babka! Yellow sign – at Java like above post says, across from C-Town. Small place, as plain as could be, very few products – but turning out amazing babka for yrs!

  11. ipfreely on Sat, 13th Nov 2010 10:48 am
  12. Cafe Riviera is great for European-style cakes (think sweet with fruit). They’ll sell you a whole cake or by the slice. They also got tarts, cookies, croissants (mm, ham & cheese one is tasty) – the list is endless. I think they take orders, too.

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