The orange color in Boubouki's Carrot Bread comes from both grated carrots and fresh oranges. A citrus spin on your ordinary carrot bread, it's abundant with cinnamon and black walnuts. Each thick-cut slice is $3. The crumb is loose, so tender that if you attempt to pick up the whole slice at once, it will simply crumble apart. (Also keep an eye out for Boubouki's Pear Cake. Served by the generous wedge, it's made with olive oil and comes studded with fresh pears, a note of cinnamon lingering in each bite.)
A slice of Banana Bread ($3) from El Beit, a coffee shop in Williamsburg, is the stuff of dreams—dense, superbly moist, and gently spiced. Mashed bananas and big chunks of ripe bananas make their way into this tender loaf, one with a well-browned exterior and crust that's just the slightest bit crunchy. It's no fancy affair, just a walnut-studded classic done extremely well.
The Pistachio-Lemon Cake at Abraço is a fine marriage between Brooklyn Larder's Pistachio Cake and the Lemon Loaf from La Masion du Chocolat. The cake, $3, is sold by the toasty, pistachio-dotted slice. Ground almonds are involved as well, though to a lesser degree, allowing the bright citrus to shine through with each nibble. Hearty, dense and buttery-moist, like a reliable pound cake enhanced with plenty of nuts.
At Vandaag, the Frisian Sugar Bread is somewhere at the intersection of a cinnamon roll and a sweet bread, with a healthy topping of pearl sugar. It's served by the generous half-loaf for $4 or whole for $7. Have it to go, or even better, have it to stay—where the bread is delivered toasted on a slate board accompanied by whipped butter, a housemade gently salted chocolate-hazelnut spread, and apple aquavit jam.
Sarabeth's famous chocolate loaf is a high-domed medium-sized creation, priced at $6.50. The loaf is studded with sweet pockets of cherry preserves, a little fruitiness popping in the occasional bite. The light crumb almost melts away on the tongue; it's plenty moist and chocolate-y, though not the least bit buttery or dense. Which simply means there's always room for another slice!