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Breads Bakery

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18 E. 16th St., New York, NY 10003 40.7366 -73.991814
nr. Union Square West  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-633-2253 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Coffeehouse, Dessert / Ice Cream Shop, Soup & Sandwich
  • Price Range: $$

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Official Website

breadsbakery.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, 6:30am-9pm; Sat, 6:30am-8pm; Sun, 7:30am-8pm

Nearby Subway Stops

F, M at 14th St.; 1, 2, 3 at 14th St.; 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.

Prices

$1.80-$13.95

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Great Desserts
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • WiFi
  • Catering

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

As terrific as Danish-Israeli baker Uri Scheft’s challah, baguettes, Tunisian tuna sandwiches, and 100 percent-rye loaves are, it’s his chocolate babka, a.k.a. krantz cake, we can’t resist. In the little time since the bakery opened in 2013, this infernally good concoction larded with cultured butter, dark chocolate, and Nutella, has risen from neighborhood favorite to New York culinary icon. To his credit, Scheft runs Breads like an old-fashioned mom-and-pop shop, limiting his wholesale business so as to ensure freshness and quality control. And although he’s got his hugely popular Lehamim Bakery to look after in Tel Aviv, he’s seemingly omnipresent at his New York headquarters, as if he slept on a cot next to the oven.

Recommended Dishes

Sandwiches, $5.50-$13.95; chocolate babka, $12.95; danishes, $3.25-$4.25; poppy seed cake, $19; cheese straws, $2.50 each; rugelach, $1.80 each

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