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The Alternative Baker

407 Main St, POB 22, Rosendale, NY 12472
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Ranked #3 of 11 Restaurants in Rosendale
Sun - Mon 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu - Sat 7:00 am - 7:15 pm
Cuisines: Bakery
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English first
New York City, New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

If a kitchen is the heart of a home this bakery is the heart of Rosendale. Stopped in after dinner. They were open late because it was the Rosendale Night Market -- a fun event in its own right. We all enjoyed our delicious desserts -- two brownies, an apple pastry, and a plum tart (if we were more competitive... More 

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56 reviews 56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I ordered a gluten-free birthday cake in advance. My husband picked it up the day of our event and the writing on the cake looked like it had been done by a 3 year old. It was a solid source of humor until we went to eat it. The absolute worst. The fact that it was expensive made it hurt... More 

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

Such a shame you did not call and speak to me and express your disappointment. Pleasing the customer, when given the opportunity, is my goal. Please allow me the chance to redeem my good name and standing. More 

New York City, New York
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

It's wonderful the only negative is that it isn't open every day. The breads and pastries are terrific. The owner and baker is such a lovely man. The foccaccia is the best.

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89 reviews 89 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We made their focaccia egg sandwich. Got to pick which of their focaccia we wanted. Perfect for 4 people! Taking half home. You know it's true European Style when the chef brings his Jack Russell to work.

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Bali, Indonesia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I was on a drive to no where in particular and I saw The Alternative Baker and made a U-turn and found a parking space and went in to kind of browse around the bakery and see what they have. I was taking my time and deciding what I wanted. I met the owner, Essell, he was a very pleasant... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I was staying in New Paltz and on my last morning decided to try this bakery for the rave reviews about the lemon cakes. We love lemon poppy anything. When I arrived I decided to have a breakfast sandwich on a roll. Loved it and the roll and never before had mustard on an egg breakfast sandwich. Glad I did.... More 

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

Thank you Zacharys1 for your kind but honest review of my bakery. I am sorry I was not able to fulfill your desire for an unglazed lemon cake. They are baked in a large batch and I keep it very simple as the process is very stressful with the timing of all the various sizes and what have you. I... More 

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
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Additional Information about The Alternative Baker

Address: 407 Main St, POB 22, Rosendale, NY 12472
Phone Number: 845-658-3355
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Rosendale
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 7:15 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 7:15 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 7:15 pm
Cuisine: Bakery

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