In Australia, you don’t have to look far to find hot cross buns. As Easter approaches, they pop up everywhere: supermarkets, speciality bakeries and school canteens. But as an expat you might be wondering where to find hot cross buns in New York.
In the lead up to Easter Sunday this year on April 21st, you’ll be delighted to learn there are plenty of places to find hot cross buns (also known as “Easter buns”) in New York.
Our handy AWNY guide has compiled all the details for you. It’s broken down into specialty bakeries by borough as well as online ordering and chain stores. And, of course, we’ve highlighted Aussie-owned bakeries in NYC. Jump ahead to the hot cross bun bakery of your choice:
Multiple Locations (Brooklyn & Manhattan)
Unconfirmed Bakeries (they sold hot cross buns previously but we haven’t confirmed if they will sell them this year)
Once you’ve secured a supply of these sweet, soft, spicy delights (you’re welcome), settle back and learn about the origins of the humble hot cross bun and why Aussies queue for hours for the perfect bun.
Wishing you a Happy Easter, filled with peace, joy…and hot cross buns.
There are plenty of amazing Australian owned bakeries and coffee shops in NYC, and we found hot cross buns at the following bakeries:
Australian Bakery Cafe
Fresh, delicious, five-star rated hot cross buns are available to order online now. The buns are made daily in their Marietta, Georgia bakery courtesy of their two Master Bakers who have eighty years of baking experience between them. These are the real thing just like your Granny used to make: yeasty, with golden raisins, raisins, currants and lots of mixed spices. Of course, the cross is baked right in, NOT painted on with icing! Options include a dozen (shipping included) or a packet of 6 buns for $6.89, if you want to add them to any of the other delicious goodies on the website, such as Aussie meat pies and desserts. (Online)
Bluestone Lane Cafes and Coffee Shops will offer hot cross buns at all of their NYC locations, from the week of Monday April 15th. (multiple locations)
Bourke Street Bakery NYC
Bourke Street Bakery is an Aussie favorite, with 13 branches in Sydney. It’s coming soon to New York, just off Fifth Avenue in NoMad. As well an extensive menu including delicious sourdough loaves, lamingtons, sausage rolls and danishes they will be offering for Easter…drumroll…hot cross buns. Stay tuned and check their Facebook page and website for more details. We can’t wait! (NoMad)
The amazing Supermoon Bakehouse creates delectable works of art and they will be making hot cross buns again this year! They will be available for pre-order from 1st April through their website. (Lower East Side)
These bakeries have multiple locations across Manhattan and/or Brooklyn:
Amy’s Bread Hot Cross Buns are $2.25 each or $27 per dozen and are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays up until Apr 19th . Please visit or call one of their cafes to place an order: Hell’s Kitchen, ph: 212-977-2670, Chelsea Market, ph: 212-462-4338, Brooklyn, ph: 929-276-3108. (Brooklyn, Chelsea Market, Hell’s Kitchen)
Hot cross buns from Bien Cuit are made from a dough enriched with eggs, milk, butter and chamomile, studded with poached apricot, golden raisins, and macadamia nuts, and finished with a chamomile nappage glaze. It’s no surprise Bien Cuit means “well done” in French! These exquisite delights will be available from April 11th until April 21st, at $2.50 for 1, $14 for 6. Pre-orders are being taken (for pick up at either location) until April 16th by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. (Boerum Hill, Grand Central Market)
Known for artisanal breads and traditional French desserts, Bouchon Bakery will be offering handmade hot cross buns up until Easter. Please contact Bouchon Bakery directly for up-to-the-minute details. (Hudson Yards, Rockefeller Center, Time Warner Center)
This family-owned, organic fine-goods bakery is based Upstate. Luckily for New Yorkers, Bread Alone loves Farmer’s Markets. You can pick up their hot cross buns in the week leading up to the Easter weekend (and possibly the week before – you can contact them to confirm) at their stands at the Union Square Greenmarket on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket in Brooklyn on Saturdays. (Union Square, Park Slope)
This long time neighborhood favorite, family bakery offers 6-packs of both regular and iced hot cross buns. For more info contact Allan’s Bakery on (718) 774-7892. (Crown Heights)
This small bakery, located in the lobby at 220 Church St, specializes in hand crafted breads and yeasted pastries, including hot cross buns which will be available from Tuesday March 12th. Call before stopping by to confirm opening hours and availability of buns for the day. (TriBeCa)
Silver Moon Bakery
This revered NYC “little bakery that could” has been offering hot cross buns throughout Lent since opening in 2000! They have already started making hot cross buns for the season and they will be available from their store up until Easter. They are made with lots of sinful butter and eggs, currants and many spices. Sign up for their newsletter for latest details on their holiday treats. (Upper West Side)
Tea and Sympathy
Purveyors of traditional British comfort food, Tea and Sympathy will have hot cross buns available to order from March 11th. To order call 212-807-8329 or visit them at 110 Greenwich Avenue in Manhattan. (West Village)
William Greenberg Desserts
William Greenberg Desserts has been satisfying the sweet tooth of New Yorkers since 1948. They sell hot cross buns exclusively during Lent, from Ash Wednesday on March 6th until Easter Sunday on April 21st. They’re made of a delicious light and fluffy sour cream yeast dough and marked with a symbolic cross of sweet icing. It’s $30 for a dozen and $2.50 each. They’re available at the Madison Avenue flagship store, 1100 Madison Ave, between 82nd and 83rd and online for delivery across the USA. For more info please call Williams Greenberg on 212-861-1340.
Anyone who has browsed the aisles of a typical New York grocery store, will be familiar with boxed baked goods from Entenmann’s. As Easter approaches, Entenmann’s releases boxed hot cross buns. Check their store locator for a supplier near you.
“America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” confirmed that they will be selling hot cross buns during the Easter season. Look for them in the bakery department. (Union Square and multiple other locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn)
Last year, Aussie expats in New York suggested the following bakeries offered hot cross buns. At the time of publishing this guide, we had not been able to confirm if they will do so again this year. If you happen to be in their neighborhood, it’s worth stopping by to check…and let us know what you find out in the comments below.
Balthazar Bakery (New Jersey, SoHo)
Blue Bottle Coffee (multiple locations)
Dean and DeLuca (multiple locations)
E.A.T. on Madison (Upper East Side)
Fairway Market (multiple locations)
Food Emporium (multiple locations)
Hu Kitchen (Union Square)
Le Pain Quotidien (multiple locations)
Maison Kaiser (multiple locations)
Marlow and Sons (Brooklyn)
Orwashers (multiple locations)
Panera Bread (multiple locations incl. NJ)
Pasticceria Rocco (West Village)
Two Hands (multiple locations)
Two Little Red Hens (Upper East Side)
Now that you know where to find hot cross buns in New York, which ones are your favorite? Do you know of any other New York bakeries selling hot cross buns that aren’t listed in our guide? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add them in.
Sincere thanks and appreciation goes out to all the bakeries featured in our guide. The dedication and enthusiasm of your hard-working founders, bakers and staff “gives rise” to delicious hot cross buns for the community to enjoy during the Easter season.
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