Russian Bread Co. in Brighton Beach makes lovely fresh black breads at very low prices.
Among the extensive selection is simple dark rye, dark rye without yeast, and my favourite, Borodinsky, a dark rye/wheat loaf flavoured with malt and coriander seeds. There are also Russian style white and "grey" loaves whose names I couldn't catch.
Prices range from $1.40 - $1.75 per loaf. They will slices loaves for you at your request. Bread keeps for a week, if it lasts that long, and freezes well.
The shop also has various baked goods and a small deli with caviar and various smoked fish things.
Most everything is labelled in Russian, but some English is spoken and the ladies who work there are very kind. An older man, probably the baker, speaks only Russian but might be a good source of information about these wonderful breads.
The address is 129 Brighton Beach Avenue, but the actual shop entrace is around the corner on Brighton 1st street. Ocean Parkway on the Q is the closest stop.
The shop has a bright yellow awning that says "Russki hleb" in Cyrillic and English/Russian menus outside. The fresh bread counter is at the back of the shop.
Didn't get the hours, but the phone is 718-372-8530.
(If you like wine, make sure to stop by the L'Chaim liquor and wine store next door at 127 Brighton Beach Ave for a lovely selection of Georgian wines, as well as Massandra Crimean desert wines, including wine Spectator pick 1997 White Muscat [$18.99, worth every penny]. 9am-10pm "every day but Sunday, thanks be to God and the law," the helpful man behind the counter said.)
Can anyone else recommend places making fresh dark bread in the boros? I would have expected to find something in Rego Park, but only found the usual disappointing selection of pre-made breads in plastic bags.
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