Astoria Bakery

★☆☆☆☆

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I live near Astoria Bakery, so I have given it numerous chances to impress. And it fails every time. They make decent bread. Nothing exceptional, but it is solidly good and always fresh. Just don't get anything else. The cupcakes? Either several days old or just way too dry-- like eating a sponge. Danish pastry is supposed to be a perfect marriage of a yeast dough and flaky pastry-- not like a sweet dinner roll. The one time I ordered a muffin there, it was filled with bitter/sour cranberries in a flavorless muffin. The pizza dough, while claiming to be "the best pizza dough" (as it should be for $2 a pop), is flavorless and unworkable. I suspect they just bag leftover bread dough. The turnovers are fine, but no better than frozen, since they use ready-made fruit filling in all of their fruit pastries-- which are scarily artificially colored. The pie crusts are not flaky, the fillings are not favorful. Yes, do buy the bread, but as for everything else-- there are a number of other good bakeries in the area. Don't waste your time and money on this one.

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★☆☆☆☆

I live near Astoria Bakery, so I have given it numerous chances to impress. And it fails every time. They make decent bread. Nothing exceptional, but it is solidly good and always fresh. Just don't get anything else. The cupcakes? Either several days old or just way too dry-- like eating a sponge. Danish pastry is supposed to be a perfect marriage of a yeast dough and flaky pastry-- not like a sweet dinner roll. The one time I ordered a muffin there, it was filled with bitter/sour cranberries in a flavorless muffin. The pizza dough, while claiming to be "the best pizza dough" (as it should be for $2 a pop), is flavorless and unworkable. I suspect they just bag leftover bread dough. The turnovers are fine, but no better than frozen, since they use ready-made fruit filling in all of their fruit pastries-- which are scarily artificially colored. The pie crusts are not flaky, the fillings are not favorful. Yes, do buy the bread, but as for everything else-- there are a number of other good bakeries in the area. Don't waste your time and money on this one.

Pros: Perfectly good bread

Cons: Nothing else is any good.

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The name is the only thing this place has going for it. The location is perfect, but the lack of service places it in a world of its own. I specifically went to this bakery in search of Italian cookies. I bought one pound as a test and luckily it was only a pound. The cookies were overly soft and crumbled at the touch; the filling was tasteless, so the skimpiness was inconsequential; same with the scant chocolate topping. I traveled 2,000 miles to NYC anticipating genuine Italian bake goods and came up short.

To top it all, the young lady behind the counter clearly disliked her job. I was raised to always greet people with a ?hello, how are you?? and a big smile. The clerk?s robotic service of 1) "can I help you?", 2) "what do you want?", and 3) "ten dollars" were the only things out of her mouth. No eye contact, no "thank you, please come again". In fact, she didn't even have the courtesy to hand the change to me. Instead she threw it on the counter and turned away.

Bad cookies or not, I will never step foot in that place again, especially since there are several other bakeries on the same boulevard. Once is all it takes.

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★☆☆☆☆

The name is the only thing this place has going for it. The location is perfect, but the lack of service places it in a world of its own. I specifically went to this bakery in search of Italian cookies. I bought one pound as a test and luckily it was only a pound. The cookies were overly soft and crumbled at the touch; the filling was tasteless, so the skimpiness was inconsequential; same with the scant chocolate topping. I traveled 2,000 miles to NYC anticipating genuine Italian bake goods and came up short.

To top it all, the young lady behind the counter clearly disliked her job. I was raised to always greet people with a ?hello, how are you?? and a big smile. The clerk?s robotic service of 1) "can I help you?", 2) "what do you want?", and 3) "ten dollars" were the only things out of her mouth. No eye contact, no "thank you, please come again". In fact, she didn't even have the courtesy to hand the change to me. Instead she threw it on the counter and turned away.

Bad cookies or not, I will never step foot in that place again, especially since there are several other bakeries on the same boulevard. Once is all it takes.

 

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