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The Alternative Baker

407 Main St, POB 22, Rosendale, NY 12472
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Ranked #2 of 11 restaurants in Rosendale
Cuisines: Bakery
Most recent review
- Jan 23, 2014
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19 reviews from our community

94% Recommend
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English first
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

I did not have the same experience that most of my fellow travelers have had. While I like the funky atmosphere of Big Cheese, which is directly across the street, the feel of The Alternative Baker was more of a cluttered garage. The young woman that behind the counter was very pleasant. I purchased three pieces of pastry; an oatmeal... More

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TRUFOODY, Owner at The Alternative Baker, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to give your opinion. Of course, one's tastes are one's own and are not subject to argument, but there are a few corrections i must make to your statements. We do not make a chocolate oatmeal raisin cookie,. We make chocolate crunch cookies and oatmeal raisin cookies, among others. Both all butter cookies have won... More

New York
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

We tried the lemon cake that seems to be one if their claim fi fame items. It was moist and lemony but turned out not to be my favorite Item. Don't get me wrong, this was quality lemon cake - I was just blown away by the thin buttery delicious crunchy chocolate chip cookie. The carrot cake cupcake was wonderful... More

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Mid-Hudson Valley, NY
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We were planning a college graduation party for my daughter, who is vegan. She very much wanted a cake for the party...but, a vegan cake. So, the hunt began for a bakery that offered vegan options. I found the website for The Alternative Baker and liked very much what I read. So, off we went to meet with the owner... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Visited here for the first time today after a very long drive. Had a terrific focaccia lunch and pleasant visit with the owner, who takes justifiable pride in his creations. Check it out!

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

My husband is very choosy about hot chocolate. It's not unusual for him to find what he orders not chocolatey enough, not hot enough or too sweet. He won't order hot chocolate if it's made from a mix. I'm a bit easier to please when it comes to hot chocolate. He had only wonderful things to say about this hot... More

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Brooklyn, NY
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Sweet, adorable little place full of friendly people and good food. I had perhaps the best egg sandwich I've ever had (and I live in NYC), and met plenty of great people. Clearly the locals love this place - everyone was popping in to grab pastries and coffee or to sit and have breakfast. It's a bakery like no other... More

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Poughkeepsie, NY
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68 reviews 68 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

This baker is the friendliest I've ever met, his baked good and drinks are great and I saw the most amazing chocolate birthday cake. Stop by for a snack or lunch and you will not be disappointed by the food or the service.

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Rifton New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Extremely excellent bread, soup, sandwiches, even the coffee is better than most places! Essell is a great guy, fun and interesting to talk with, so friendly. He remembers all of his customers by name, with details about their lives, even if they are only an occasional customer such as myself. There are a number of places to get a quick... More

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Long Island
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Every time we go to New Paltz, we make sure to go this bakery lunch place. They have the best Mulled Cider EVER. Incredible cookies. Fantastic goat cheese sandwich on fresh baked breads. The owner lives and breathes his craft. He is a master. Its in a perfect little town with other shops, a b & b, an old movie... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

We absolutely fell in love with this baker. Reading up on him a bit from the articles on the bakery wall, you learn he's a highly trained chef who prides himself on fresh ingredients and handmade traditions. He ships his lemon bundt cakes all over the place. But the egg sandwiches on foccacia are transcendental. I'm not kidding. Ok so... More

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