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Best challah in New York?

I am trying to find the best loaf of (kosher) challah in NYC. Where should I go?

Sarah is Food52's senior staff writer & stylist.

asked about 2 years ago
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ChefJune

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added about 2 years ago

AFAIK, most challah is parve. You'd have to seek out a Kosher bakery or bakeries and start "testing." "Best" is such a subjective thing. Breads Bakery on 16th Street near the Union Square Greenmarket makes an exemplary challah, but I've no idea if it is Kosher.

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Peter

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added about 2 years ago

I saw this question and came to post Breads bakery on 16th Street when I see ChefJune has already posted it. I don't know if it's kosher but it's damned good. (As is their babka.)

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amysarah

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added about 2 years ago

Eli's Bread makes kosher challah - no idea if it's 'the best' but worth a try. Their shops are on the UES, but it's probably sold elsewhere too.

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amysarah

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added about 2 years ago

Speaking of Jewish bakeries - also on the UES, maybe Orwasher's? (Not sure if they're kosher, but worth checking.)

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Nancy

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added about 2 years ago

again, best is so hard to define for someone else. but here are two leads for you. one survey of top nyc challot
http://forward.com/articles... and one israeli import
http://forward.com/articles...

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ChefJune

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added about 2 years ago

Sarah: my REAL recommendation is that you make your own. I have a GREAT recipe I've been using probably longer than you are old that I'd be delighted to share. Most purchased challahs I've known are never as fresh as home made. And the house smells SO good while it is baking!

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Nancy

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added about 2 years ago

I agree with ChefJune. Instead of recipes labelled as challah, I find myself repeated using James Beard's Potato Refrigerator Bread for challah...the potato keeps it moist, the eggs make it a "rich bread" (one of the criteria for challh), it has a firm crumb and shapes beautifully - round, braided, mini challah etc. Enjoy! http://www.jamesbeard.org...

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Nancy

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added about 2 years ago

I agree with ChefJune. Instead of recipes labelled as challah, I find myself repeated using James Beard's Potato Refrigerator Bread for challah...the potato keeps it moist, the eggs make it a "rich bread" (one of the criteria for challh), it has a firm crumb and shapes beautifully - round, braided, mini challah etc. Enjoy! http://www.jamesbeard.org...

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Sarah Jampel

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added about 2 years ago

I definitely agree with you (and please, please share your recipe!! I'd absolutely love to have it). The problem tonight is that my kitchen is not kosher and I have to bring kosher challah to the dinner. I have had great experience making Smitten Kitchen's fig and sea salt challah.

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amysarah

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added about 2 years ago

Making it sounds great (assuming you keep a kosher kitchen, given your criteria) - but are you looking for yourself, a friend, a source this site...?

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added about 2 years ago

B+H Dairy on 2nd Ave -- if they'll sell you a loaf.

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added about 2 years ago

I'd also recommend making your own, but it you can't I'd go to Orwasher's as amysarah mentioned. All of their breads are Kosher and Parve. William Greenberg Desserts is also great, but a little overpriced.

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creamtea

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added about 2 years ago

Breads bakery is not kosher. I like Fischer Brothers own house-made challah, Butterflake (which is parve!) from New Jersey, available at Seasons, and my favorite is Challah Fairy. She delivers to various kosher stores (we get it from camp) and she used to deliver to apartments in Manhattan and elsewhere. http://www.thechallahfairy.... You ought to call to reserve either Butterflake or Challah Fairy at the shops that sell them, because they will sell out early on Fridays.

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creamtea

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added about 2 years ago

P.S. These sources are strictly kosher and accepted by everyone.

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added 6 months ago

I have positive experience from Zomick's bakery https://www.crunchbase... . It surely is one of the kosher bakeries in Inwood.