Babka: Sadelle’s

Date: 1/11/2017

Borough: Manhattan

Address: 463 West Broadway

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What we ordered: 

  • Chocolate Babka slice

Cost (post-tax, pre-tip): $4.35

The scores:

Ratings (1-10) Rob Missy
Taste 7.5 7.5
Presentation 8.5 7.5
Setting 8.5 7.5
Value 6 6
Overall 7.5 7

Ryan comments:

We ate our food outside in the park and Ryan slept the whole time.

Ryan’s Report Card (1-10): 9

General Comments:

Sadelle’s is a cute restaurant with a takeout area in the front, located in Soho and known for their bagels. It’s more of an upscale place with quality and prices to match. The restaurant itself was pretty roomy and looked like it was being used partially for a private party the morning we visited. (same as Sadelle’s bagel post)

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While we were ordering our bagels we also asked about their babka, since we didn’t see it displayed with their other baked goods. They had it behind the counter and showed it to us. It was $20 for the full loaf which seemed quite expensive since it wasn’t very big. It did look good, though, as it was topped with a layer of chocolate. We settled for ordering just one slice, at $4 plus tax.

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After our bagels we shared this babka slice in the park. At close to $5 this still isn’t a good value since it’s not a very large slice, but we had to try it!

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First impressions were that it looks quite nice, with a great chocolate swirl inside and a chocolate topping which is a bit unique for babka. Surprisingly, the outside shell itself was only okay, but the inside was excellent and made up for that disappointment. It was very well-textured. Rob enjoyed it but didn’t think it lived up to the hype of being one of the best in the city. Melissa loved the layers of the inside and surprisingly liked how cakey and un-sweet it was relative to expectations and appearance. Both agreed that the chocolate layer was very underwhelming.

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Overall, as with their bagels, the babka at Sadelle’s is pretty over-priced and doesn’t measure up to expectations. This will probably fall into the lower half of our babka rankings once we try them all.

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