Reader Mail: Carlo’s Alternatives?

10/30/2009:

Hoboken411 reader Gwen is interested in your opinion about Hoboken Bakeries – besides Carlo’s City Hall Bake Shop. What say you?

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Carlos Jumped the Shark

“I am wondering if you could post something about a bakery in town. I used to use Carlo’s, but now it is so jammed (not to mention expensive and over-commercialized), you can’t get in the place. I need a birthday cake for a family member and don’t know where else to go.

I don’t want a Carvel cake or an ice cream cake from Cold Stone, I just want a regular sheet cake to have for a luncheon – you know, the kind where you can choose what filling you want inside and write whatever message you want. I don’t want to pay a huge amount. Admittedly, the last time I used Carlo’s was for a surprise party for my sister’s birthday and it was $80 for a regular sheet cake for 30 people. That was years ago too, so who knows now… Or can you throw it out there and see what people have to say? I heard there’s a good Italian bakery uptown on Washington, but could not find anything on it (411: That’s Giorgio’s). Also, several items come up for our classic “bakeries” in town that only make bread.

Any suggestions?

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42 Comments on "Reader Mail: Carlo’s Alternatives?"

fastfreddy
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fastfreddy

Judicki’s in Bayonne is worth the fifteen minute ride. It is half the price of Carlos and twice the the quality. Excellent sheet cakes, crumb cakes, donuts,etc.

truth1
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truth1

Also try our local Shoprite for an occasion sheet cake…reasonable and good…

escaped68
Member

For a sheet cake for a occasion try costco, they are rally good and reasonable. At a family affair recently I had baked goods from a place in Moorestown,Pa its worth the road trip for these little pastries called kiffles.

dunotar
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dunotar

Park Pastries was amazing – too bad we lost it. Like Marie’s Bakery, the city probably didn’t do enough to create the business climate that would make it possible for these gems to remain. Let’s have more nail salons and crappy take-out joints, cell-phone stores and dry cleaners. Yeah!

Ganache is a close second to what Park Pastries was and Giorgio’s is far superior to Carlo’s.

The weird, French fondant that made Carlo’s famous is like trying to eat a rubber raincoat; most of it falls off when you try to break it with a fork. I understand it can only be applied to a cake that is either stale or frozen too.

Most disturbing is that nothing tastes like it’s made with butter, just butter-flavored shortening. Not the same. Never will be. Next time you take a bite, close your eyes and think of chocolate or vanilla flavored oil. Those tour-bus folks from Ohio can have it.

mooshu
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mooshu

I love Ganache. Thanks for bringing the place up. They offer really good holiday pies (a pumpkin one on a shortbread shell with shaved almonds and nougat is my favorite) and other treats.

In response to dunotar who said:
Park Pastries was amazing – too bad we lost it. Like Marie’s Bakery, the city probably didn’t do enough to create the business climate that would make it possible for these gems to remain. Let’s have more nail salons and crappy take-out joints, cell-phone stores and dry cleaners. Yeah!

Ganache is a close second to what Park Pastries was and Giorgio’s is far superior to Carlo’s.

The weird, French fondant that made Carlo’s famous is like trying to eat a rubber raincoat; most of it falls off when you try to break it with a fork. I understand it can only be applied to a cake that is either stale or frozen too.

Most disturbing is that nothing tastes like it’s made with butter, just butter-flavored shortening. Not the same. Never will be. Next time you take a bite, close your eyes and think of chocolate or vanilla flavored oil. Those tour-bus folks from Ohio can have it.

hobokendave
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hobokendave

When I was in charge of the monthly birthday cakes at my old office (first friday of the month staff meetings celebrated all birthdays that month), I always used Carlo’s…and the cakes were 50% cheaper than the bakeries nearest my office in NYC and everyone loved them and wanted to know where to get them.

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