The top 5 bakeries to buy the best round challah for a sweet new year.
With just about two weeks left until Rosh Hashanah, it's the perfect time to pre-order a round challah. You don't want to be stuck buying the last stale loaf an hour before you head to shul. When it comes to selecting the right challah, New York City can be overwhelming with its vast selection. Here are some bakeries that come highly recommended. (Note: Not all of them are certified kosher.)
1. Upper West Side: Silver Moon Bakery: Solid crust? Yep. Moist on the inside? You bet. Silver Moon Bakery was named "best overall challah" by Serious Eats NYC in 2010, and the quality is just as good today. For Rosh Hashanah they offer raisin, whole wheat, and plain challah, baked with flour, eggs, oil, water, sugar, salt, and yeast. You can pre-order from August 21 until September 2nd either at the store, or by phone using a MasterCard or Visa credit card (minimum $15). One loaf sells for $5.95.
2740 Broadway (on the corner of 105th st)
2. Union Square: Breads Bakery: Israeli-born baker and cookbook author Uri Scheft opened Breads Bakery at Union Square after running his successful Tel Aviv bread bakery, Lehamim since 2001. His fresh baked round challahs are braided, woven wiht sesame and poppy seeds. The best part? They hold a honey bowl in the center! Genius.
18 East 16th Street, Union Square
3. Upper East Side: Orwasher's: For nearly 100 years, Orwasher's has been baking fresh artisan breads daily, and their Rosh Hashanah loaves are something to be admired. Sold in plain and raisin varieties, and your choice of large or small, Orwasher's challahs sell between $7.50 and $10.50 depending on size and flavor. They are certified parve kosher, and can be ordered until September 1st if you want to pick it up by September 3rd.
308 E 78th Street (between 1st and 2nd ave)
4. Upper East Side: William Greenberg Desserts: Though most famous for their black and white cookies, this old-fashioned kosher bakery, founded in 1946, also bakes excellent challahs. They sell raisin and plain round challah for $8.50. Their challahs are so legenendary, they ship them around the country, but you had to have ordered one before August 18th.
1100 Madison Ave (between 82nd and 83rd st)
5. Upper East Side: Eli's Manhattan:
Eli's Manhattan, not to be confused with Zabar's on the West Side (Eli is the son of Zabar's grocery store founder, Louis), this upscale European-market style market sells kosher challahs for Rosh Hashanah. Prepared fresh at his wholesale bakery in Yorkville, Eli's Breads, his challahs are beyond comparison to the one's found at Zabar's on the West Side. Order one (or more) in advance, or stop by the store and grab one the week before Rosh Hashanah.
1411 3rd Ave (corner of E 80th st)
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