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Fairway Rolls Out Cinnamon Buns Minus the Goo

Fairway sent over some cinnamon buns for me to try. Fairway touts these buns as “shamelessly unsophisticated rounds of breakfast messiness.” Let me say up front: cinnamon buns should be oozing with globs of gooey sugar and cinnamon. The Fairway buns do not. They are a stripped-down facsimiles of the real thing. Delicate like tea [...]

Chelsea: Gluten-free Yucca-Cheese Roll from Big Booty Bread Company Satisfies

Finding something savory, satisfying and gluten-free for a breakfast on the run isn’t always easy. But at the Big Booty Bread Co. on 23rd St, you can get your needs met for a mere $1.75 with the bakery’s crunchy, rich—and gluten-free—cheese-yucca roll. Dubbed the “Cheese Rock” by owner Jose Rojas, the treat is is actually [...]

Where to Get Holiday Cupcakes, Gingerbread Houses and More at Upper West Side Bakeries

By Miriam Gottfried Upper West Side bakeries are ramping up for the holidays, adding various seasonal items to their menus. Here’s a look at the December goodies at a few of them: Bakery Soutine will be offering various gingerbread constructions, honey bourbon fruitcake, Royal Navy plum pudding, croquembouche and Buche de Noel. Buttercup Bake [...]

Upper West Side: A Rosh Hashanah Cooking Lesson from the JCC

Looking for Rosh Hashanah cooking ideas? Check out this “Today” show video featuring Julie Negrin, director of the NewYork JCC culinary program. Negrin teaches Al Roker how to make challah for the Jewish New Year. What’s challah taste like?  Just ask “Today” anchor Ann Curry. “It tastes just like brioche, doesn’t it, really?” Hmmm.

New York Pastry Shop on Upper East Side May Close

According to a report in Crain’s New York Business, Payard Patisserie & Bistro, the famed New York City Upper East Side pastry shop, could close as soon as August.  The landlord is threatening to double the rent, Crain’s reports. Situated on Lexington Avenue between 73rd and 74th streets, the pastry shop was opened by chef [...]