Carb cravings are all too real—especially in a city like New York, which offers the best in all things bread: from French croissants to doughnuts, bagels, even cronuts. Just like the French, New Yorkers have an uncanny ability to burn off the city's most delicious pastries with an intensive walking regimen—which happens naturally when a trip requires more than two subway transfers.
But don't get fooled by tourist traps—to get the best bread and pastries in New York, you need to know where to look: in Brooklyn warehouse kitchens, nonprofits in Harlem, even office buildings in Tribeca. Ready to carbo-load? Here are the best bakeries in NYC.