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The 6 Best Ethnic Bakeries in NYC

New Yorkers can attest to the abundance of toothsome baked goods floating around New York City, so much so that running errands could encourage a stop at any one of the city's countless bakeries. No matter how much willpower you have, I can vouch that in NYC, ignoring the availability of carb and sugar-filled delicacies is practically unfeasible. All confections aside, if you're in the mood for a sweet treat or a doughy delight, be it from Italy, France, or elsewhere in the world, you're in the right town. Let's travel around the globe right here in the Big Apple as we take a look at some of the best bakeries in NYC.

1. Pasticerria Rocco

Best cannoli in NYC
Image credit: Rocco’s Facebook Page

Known for its exceptional family recipes, Rocco's Italian bakery sells Italian pastries such as Cannoli, Biscotti, and Panettone, as well as other luscious edibles like cheesecake and one of the locals' favorites – the best rainbow cookies in NYC. Founded in 1974 by Rocco Sr., who retired in 2010, the shop is now managed by Rocco Jr., who heads the kitchen as the pastry chef. With locations in the West Village (the original) and now Bay Ridge, which also boasts a wholesale division, both Manhattanites and Brooklynites can partake in Pasticerria Rocco's sweet, decadent tradition. If you don't live in New York City, not to worry – Rocco's ships cheesecakes and cannoli all over the US and even to some other parts of the world. Unlike most bakeries, Rocco's opens early and remains open until midnight during the week and 1 a.m. on weekends, allowing you to satisfy your cravings at most any hour. Just one more reason Rocco's is the best Italian bakery in NYC.

2. Artopolis

This Astoria bake shop offers authentic Greek pastries and has some of the best baklava in NYC, as well as other traditional Hellenic desserts like samali, melomakarono, and galaktoboureko. Cake lovers can satisfy their sweet tooth with more than a dozen tantalizing options including tiramisu, chocolate truffle, and strawberry mousse, while cookie enthusiasts will have their pick of almond, butter, raisin, and pistachio. The award-winning Artopolis team hails from Kefalonia and Ithaca, so this bakery is the real deal and will transport you to the Greek Isles, if only for a few bites.

3. Silver Moon Bakery

Best European bakery in NYC
Image credit: Silver Moon’s Facebook page

Silver Moon is a top bakery in NYC specializing in European rustic breads, soft pretzels, napoleons, eclairs, tarts, and other delicious baked goods for scores of Upper West Siders. Don't miss the challah and baguettes, but plan to arrive early for your freshly baked loaf or be prepared to wait as the line queues down Broadway. Located in Manhattan Valley (South Harlem or the Upper Upper West Side), Silver Moon's decadent offerings keep customers returning again and again, and it's no wonder, considering the quality and stellar service. Don't be surprised if you detect a heavenly aroma of just-baked bread when you walk within a two-block radius of Silver Moon.

4. Rossy's Bakery

Known for having some of the best Dominican cakes in NYC, the Alphabet City mom-and-pop bakery/coffee shop also serves cafecito, empanadas, and other Spanish eats. Expect to find palmeras, sugar donuts, tres-leches cake, and flan on the dessert portion of the menu. And if you need a special occasion cake (wedding, anniversary, birthday, etc.), Rossy's is your place.

5. Mille-Feuille

For croissants, macarons, and mille-feuille (of course!), this Greenwich Village and now Upper West Side New York bakery doesn't disappoint. Drool over delightful French pastries like the classic ispahan, a homemade raspberry jam financier, or an apricot tarte fine. If those aren't enough, Mille-Feuille sells chocolate and salted caramel fondant, chausson aux pommes, and almond croissant. This patisserie prides itself on baking only with organic domestic flours, award-winning rBST-free butter, Valrhona French chocolate, and no additives or preservatives. Grab your pastries to go, or relax in the coffee shop with a macchiato.

6. Damascus Bread and Pastry Shop

Best pita bread in NYC
Image credit: Damascus Bakeries Facebook page

Damascus Bread & Pastry Shop is one of the best bakeries in New York's Brooklyn Heights. Damascus has long been recognized for authentic Middle Eastern flatbreads, spinach pies, bird's nests, and a host of other breads and sweets. Family-owned since 1930, the bakery's original owner came to Brooklyn from Damascus and quickly became famous for his hearth-baked pita bread. Eighty-plus years later, the bakery still crafts each pita using the grandfather's original recipe, be it plain, whole wheat, onion, or garlic. The retail shop is on Atlantic Avenue, but you can purchase Damascus products in grocery stores around the country.

About the author

Tracy Kaler

Tracy Kaler is a ballet dancer turned interior designer turned lifestyle and travel writer who blogs at tracysnewyorklife.com. A former Atlantan, you can now find her byline in The Telegraph, IN New York Magazine, TravelMag, National Geographic, Mabuhay Magazine, am New York and others. When she's not glued to her laptop, you'll find her wandering the streets of New York City or off discovering another part of the planet.

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