Don't get me wrong. I appreciate regional differences in food. I would no more aggresively seek out a decent meat-and-three in Berkeley than I would a mission style burrito in Maine. Still, I did feel a tug at my heart upon leaving NYC after our wonderul food-filled week visit last month and therefore am especially gratified to have stumbled across two "almost as good as NY" foods/sources here in the East Bay.
Black and white Cookies at the Grand Bakery in Oakland. The NY chow board has long discussions on the "best" black and white. I tried several while there. The ones here rate among the best. Fresh crisp but cake-y texture/ light lemony flavor/distinct differences between the white and the black side. The Bakery also sells other "Jewish" baked goods such as homemade potato/kasha knishes (good flavor but a bit undercooked) and babka (haven't tried) They also make their own boiled/baked bagels. See link for interesting story..
NY style pizza at Arinells. Crisp crackery crust. Nice sauce and good quality mozzerella. Really great.
Grand Bakery: 3264 Grand Ave Oakland
Arinells Pizza: 2109 Shattuck (near center) a tiny hole-in-the-wall (other SF locations)