Best Bakery - 2013
Sullivan Street Bakery
It smells of heaven in Hell's Kitchen because at Sullivan Street Bakery, Jim Lahey is baking bread. All kinds of bread: pane di commune and strecci coated in olive oil, bitter filone, and thin, long stirato baguettes. Medium-size ciabattas make for killer sandwich rolls, and the pane Pugliese is a study in extremes; the thick, crunchy crust a beautiful counterpart to an airy center that's almost waxy. The smell alone is enough to inspire poetry about this transcendent combination of yeast, flour, and water, the building block of life, love, community, happiness. And, while we're on the subject, his pizza isn't too shabby, either.