Thanks to you who responded to my posting early in the fall. I have checked out all the bakeries recommended by responders, mostly on the upper east side (former Yorkville), and although I thank you for the leads, all still fall way short. The bakery that I was told offered laugen bretzels said they didn't know what a pretzel was (an obvious lie).
Without making dishonorable references to those individual bakeries (you can check suggestions that were made), does ANYONE know of a real life bakery in Manhattan, or nearby for that matter, which offers real life broetchen, laugen bretzel (acid-coated pretzel), or the real old-world chewy-crusted breads (not the crispy-crusty type with airy centers, ala Italian, and not the sink-to-the-bottom-of-the-bathtub ryes, but the real stuff)?
I've been told that it's the air, the water, the climate, you name it, that prevents those breads from being made outside of central Europe. I refuse to believe it.
Help! And thank you!