Recently I had the pleasure of visiting the wholesale divison of Balthazar Bakery in Englewood, NJ. NYers are familiar with the famous Soho restaurant and bakery but most probably do not know that the bread, pastries, and cakes are actually made in the factory in Englewood, NJ and delivered to the city. Also many bakeries throughout NY and NJ actually source their bread from here, so if that delicious scone at your local coffee shop tastes familiar, it could very well be from Balthazar. If you want to try the bread fresh from the source I would recommend stopping by if you are in NJ.
The bakery is in a handsome red brick building a few blocks away from Englewood town center with ample parking out front. The storefront is really small so the line of ten on a Saturday morning snaked out the door. It was fun to see all the people who were regulars, but still so excited to put in their bread and pastry orders. The ordering and delivery system was very methodical and the line moved quickly. The bakery faces east and there is some amazing light pouring in through the main and side windows- it is true foodie porn to see all the beautiful fresh baked breads and pastries lit up by the natural sunlight.
I bought some hot cross buns (with yummy candied oranges and raisins), pecan sticky buns, cranberry scone, slice of carrot cake, and almond croissant for $13. The prices were less than expected, or maybe I am so numbed by New York City prices that any pastry under $3 feels not too expensive. The pecan sticky bun was by far my favorite and came in a mini and large size. I am going back to try their monkey bread and get more sticky bunds and a baguette next time.
Balthazar Bakery Wholesale Divison
214 S Dean Street
Englewood, NJ 07631