Slideshow: The Best Bakeries in New York: American-Style

Two Little Red Hens
Two Little Red Hens
When we nibble on bakery goods and exclaim "Who made this?!", odds are the answer is Two Little Red Hens. New York's best cheesecake; a tender-crumbed coffee cake; plush, raisin-studded cinnamon buns; chocolate-banana cream pie; their infamous Brooklyn Blackout cupcake, just about as fudge-y as it can be without dissolving into a heap of pure chocolate—we could keep going, but you probably get the idea. We've never had a crumb here we didn't love.

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Two Little Red Hens: 1652 Second Avenue, New York NY 10028 (map); 212-452-0476; twolittleredhens.com

Black Hound Bakery
Black Hound Bakery
It's the cakes we come back for at this East Village bakery, whether hazelnut-praline with a chocolate buttercream, this lovely strawberry-chocolate Daisy Cake, carrot cake, or any other. That so many of these treats come sized for one is just the icing on the cake. (Any of their lacy-edged or pastry-based cookies are a good bet, too.)

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Black Hound: 170 2nd Avenue, New York NY 10003 (map); 212-979-9505; blackhoundny.com

Lulu Cake Boutique
Lulu Cake Boutique
We expected this Chelsea newcomer to turn out fine cakes (as they do), but the surprise was just how good their other baked goods are: a crumbly, streusel-y apple muffin, housemade yodels, and totally irresistible Twinkies in yellow, chocolate, and red velvet.

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Lulu Cake Boutique: 112 Eighth Avenue, New York NY 10011 (map); 212-242-5858; chelsea.everythinglulu.com

Bouchon Bakery
Bouchon Bakery
While Thomas Keller's bakery does its share of croissants and the like, it's their other treats we fall in love with, again and again: a chocolate-cherry bread we dream of, a hazelnut-yuzu cream puff, butter cookies with yogurt glaze, and some of the best jelly doughnuts in Manhattan—just to name a very few. Luckily, there are now two New York locations to get our fix at.

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Bouchon Bakery: 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019 (map); 212-823-9357; 1 Rockefeller Plaza, New York NY 10020 (map); bouchonbakery.com

Baked
Baked
There aren't many bakeries that would get us out to Red Hook so often, but we'll gladly make the trip for Baked's sweet and salty brownies, their superb chocolate chip cookies, and the best cupcakes in New York.

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Baked: 359 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn NY 11231 (map); (718) 222-0345; bakednyc.com

Soutine
Soutine
At Ed Levine's favorite neighborhood bakery, don't miss the Concord, chocolate meringue slathered in chocolate mousse; muffins of all kinds; birthday cakes "that don't suck"; or the cheese danishes.

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Soutine: 104 West 70th Street, New York, NY 10023 (map); 212-496-1450; www.soutine.com

City Bakery
City Bakery
Nutty, crumbly peanut butter cookies, excellent tarts, and blueberry-corn muffins have us at City Bakery on a regular basis; but if we had to pick one baked good out of them all, it'd be the flaky-salty pretzel croissant. And while it's not really a bakery good, their liquid-fudge hot chocolate certainly counts a few points in their favor.

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City Bakery: 3 West 18th Street (map), 212-366-1414, thecitybakery.com

Duane Park Patisserie
Duane Park Patisserie
Though it's not one of New York's most talked-about bakeries, there are many sweets at Duane Park we hold in high esteem: some of Ed's favorite apple and cherry turnovers, a robust, sticky ginger spice cake, and, though we're getting into more traditional patisserie territory here, Kathy's favorite chocolate eclair in the city.

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Duane Park Patisserie: 179 Duane Street, New York NY 10013 (map), 212-274-8447