Great Kosher Bakeries in Brooklyn NY- 2013

Where to Buy Kosher Pastries, Cakes, Breads & Challahs

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Brooklyn is, well, Brooklyn. So it’s possible to find challas almost anywhere, from the supermarket in Carroll Gardens on a Friday   to the weekday farmers market in Brooklyn Heights.

But Jewish pastries and cakes, now that’s another matter. To get huge kosher rye breads, head to one of Brooklyn’s Hassidic communities in Williamsburg, Crown Heights or Borough Park. There you’ll also find kosher babka, cheese danish, chocolate rolls, and other traditional eastern European kosher baked goods.

1. Classic Eastern European — Ostrowski Kosher Bakery in Brooklyn’s Midwood

Ostrowski Bakery sells loaves of bread big enough to feed a college football team. But this bakery also turns out delicious pastries.

Where:  1124 Avenue J at East 12th StreetMidwood

When:  Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.; close 2 hours before sundown on Friday and closed all Saturday

Contact: (718) 377-9443

CLASSIC SEPHARDIC KOSHER BAKERY — NORTH AFRICAN JEWISH

The tastes of these delicious pastries and cakes remain true to the ingredients of their country of origin: you’ll find figs and almonds, honey and pistachios aplenty.

2. Classic Hassidic — Sanders Kosher Bakery in Williamsburg

Sanders Kosher Bakery makes great baked goods. The store is friendly, if slightly packed with customers from the local Hassidic community.

Where:  159 Lee Avenue between Pennsylvania Avenue and Hewes Streets,  Williamsburg

When:  Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.; close 2 hours before sundown on Friday and closed all Saturday 

Contact: (718) 387-7411

4. Classic Eastern European — Korn’s Kosher Bakery in Brooklyn’s Borough Park

If you’re shopping for a good nosh in the Jewish department, as they say, they’ll have it in the very religious neighborhood known as Borough Park.

Where: 5004 16th Avenue, Borough Park

When:  Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.; close 2 hours before sundown on Friday and closed all Saturday

Contact: (718) 851 0268

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5. Classic Brooklyn Jewish — Weiss Homemade Kosher Bakery in Borough Park

Another of Brooklyn’s long standing kosher bakeries, Weiss Homemade Kosher Bakery also serves a mostly local orthodox clientele, but in a spiffed-up, modern-looking shop.

Where:  5011 13th Avenue, near 50th Street 

When:  Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.; close 2 hours before sundown on Friday and closed all Sunday

Contact: (718) 438-0407

Sephardi kosher bakeries are relatively rare in New York City. But Brooklyn has a few of them.

That’s because a sizeable community of Jews whose parents and grandparents fled from Aleppo, Syria and other parts of North Africa over 40 years ago still comprise a tight-knit community in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.

The tastes of these delicious pastries and cakes remain true to the ingredients of their countries of origin: you’ll find figs and almonds, honey and pistachios aplenty.

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1. Mansoura’s Pastry (Midwood)

Baking has been this family’s business for over 200 years, and Brooklyn is lucky to have Mansoura’s Pastry shop. Long established in its current location, the sons of the original owner continue to make this family business a favorite for the local Syrian Jewish community in Midwood, and for visitors.

Get candied nuts, baklava, and the lasso-shaped biscuits called ka’ak to take home. Don’t miss the flaky pastry with dates or pistachio, called ma’moul. Or, try the semolina-coconut-almond concoction called basbousa. It’s all interesting, very sweet, and good.

Special kosher for Passover goods are available seasonally, of course.

They also ship.

  • 515 Kings Highway in Midwood
  • (718) 645-7977
  • http://www.mansoura.com
  • Sunday-Thursday 9 a.m.-5p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-4p.m., closed Saturdays. Closed Sundays in July and August.

2. Sola Bakery (Borough Park)

Come here for pistchio cookies and nutty, sweet pastries.

During Passover, you can also get almond crescents, macaroons, and sweet, kosher for Passover items made with walnuts, coconut, almonds and figs.

  • 4218 12th Avenue, at 48th Street in Borough Park
  • (718) 339-5857

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