Westchester Food Lover’s Guide: Bread

One of the world’s oldest foods—and still one of the best.



It would be difficult not to pick out a standout loaf at Jeffrey and Jennifer Kohn’s artisan bread bakery The Kneaded Bread, around since June 1998. I’ve tried (unsuccessfully thus far) to find a better bread source in our area and that includes in the luminous Giant Apple to our south. So many wonderful choices: aged provolone bread, chocolate brioche, challah (Fridays only), raisin walnut, and holiday specials like stollen at Christmas and Irish soda and Easter breads in the spring. The cinnamon swirl is my latest addiction: dense, doughy soft, and full of sweet brown sugar swirls and so delicious, there’s no need to heat it up. Though you could make a mean French toast with it, the best way to eat it is by tearing off chunks Neanderthal-style soon after the affable counter person hands you the loaf. 

In 2011, after 55 years in the Bronx, the Arthur Avenue Baking Co moved the bulk of its operations to Sleepy Hollow. Lucky for us. The family-owned (Galiano) bakery produces numerous types of bread daily (bastone, baguettes, kaiser rolls), but the signature is the pane di casa, a thick, round, crusty bread best used to sop up gravies and sauces. On weekends, the variety increases to include olive, walnut-cranberry, rye, pumpernickel, chocolate, prosciutto, and focaccia breads.   

There is also a small café with a few tables for coffee and Italian pastries (cannoli filled per order) if you feel like sitting and smelling heaven, aka bread baking. 

Tip: If the retail store is closed, patrons can purchase bread by going through the garage entrance to the baking area and giving your best Bronx-style call: “Yo, I need bread!” Just bring cash in small denominations or exact change.

 

Mo​re bread: The Top Bread Sellers In The County / Kneaded Bread’s Best

Top Bread Sellers

Arthur Avenue Baking Co 
147 Cortlandt St
Sleepy Hollow, (914) 909-5454

Auray Gourmet
144 Larchmont Ave
Larchmont, (914) 833-2274
auraygourmet.com

June & Ho
70 Purchase St
Rye, (914) 967-1900

The Kneaded Bread 
181 N Main St
Port Chester, (914) 937-9489
kneadedbread.com

Tarry Market
179 N Main St
Port Chester, (914) 253-5680
tarrymarket.com

Village Square Bagels 
1262 Boston Post Rd
Larchmont, (914) 834-6969
villagesquarebagel.com

Westchester Italian Bakery
631 Mamaroneck Ave 
Mamaroneck, (914) 698-6780

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