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7612 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1120940.628397 -74.023085
Neighborhoods: Bay Ridge & Fort Hamilton
If there are hipsters and yuppies in Brooklyn, Bay Ridge never got the memo, and Leske's is proof: a complete throwback bakery, it's known best for its black-and-white cookies, but the babkas, donuts, and danish are exemplary as well.
Best traditional (non-italian) baking – We've all gotten used to generic baking. We buy crumbcakes in boxes at the supermarket, and everything is artificial. Our friends bring donuts to the office. They are greasy and mildly tasty and the sugar sticks to your insides and eventually kills your spirit. Not at Leske's. These guys make donuts (something no other baker takes as much time with) exciting! The fillings are just that ... fillings! Not a drop of jelly, it's FULL of jelly. There isn't anything they make that isn't good. Try their donuts, anything danish, their coffee pastries, and the best apple strudel in town. Any town.
Old Scandanavian Bakery – This is a piece of old Bay Ridge from when it was lots of Norwegian, Irish and Swedes. The bread (not Italian) is amazing and the cakes and pies are great too. The hours are limited. They open at 9:00 and don't bother going after mid-afternoon, because they will be wiped out.
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