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[Photographs: Niko Triantafillou]

Upper West Siders looking for freshly baked gluten-free sweets now have another option thanks to By The Way Bakery.

By The Way's weighty Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake ($6) is virtually indistinguishable from its gluten-ful counterpart. It's spongy-soft in texture, and since it's baked right on the premises, it's very fresh-tasting. The cake avoids the gritty crumb that often plagues many gluten-free treats. Chocolate chips are made from high-end, semi-sweet Callebaut chocolate. The chocolate glaze is of equally high quality and not waxy.

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Similarly, By The Way's Brownies ($4) taste as though they were made with standard flour, and as with any classic, fudge-style brownies, they lean heavily to the sweet side. A nicely blistered top completes the chocolatey package.

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After my purchase, I was given a complimentary almond cookie which had a very powerful almond aroma—essentially an amoretto cookie on steroids. It features a cripsy crust and very chewy interior. If you dig the flavor of almond flavor, you'll enjoy these.

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If you're avoiding gluten and want some sweets, By The Way offers solid alternatives that your gluten-eating friends can enjoy with you. You read more about the bakery right this way.

About the author: Native New Yorker Niko Triantafillou is an unabashed foodie nerdling and the founder of DessertBuzz.com. Follow him on Twitter at @DessertBuzz.

By the Way Bakery

By the Way Bakery

  • Upper West Side

2442 Broadway at 90th Street New York NY 10024 212-877-0806

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