Where to Find Hot Cross Buns in New York in 2022

It’s that time of year when Australian expats wonder where to find hot cross buns in New York.

In the lead up to Easter Sunday on April 17th, 2022, several brick and mortar bakeries in New York are offering hot cross buns (also known as “Easter buns”). Or shop from online bakers for delivery across the USA.

Our handy AWNY guide to find hot cross buns in New York has all the details for you. It’s broken down by borough as well as online and chain stores. And, of course, we’ve highlighted Australian-owned bakeries in NYC.

Jump ahead to the hot cross bun bakery of your choice:

Once you’ve secured your 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 safe and Happy Easter, filled with peace and joy. Which hopefully will be even better, now that you know where to find hot cross buns in New York City in 2022. And a special thanks goes out to all the hard-working bakeries in NYC as they continue trading during this season.

box of six hot cross buns or easter buns on a light brown table cloth
Image courtesy Bourke St Bakery

Find Hot Cross Buns at Aussie-owned Bakeries

There are plenty of amazing Australian owned bakeries and coffee shops in NYC, and we found hot cross buns at the following bakeries:

Aussie Pies and Sausages
Hot cross bums (no that’s not a typo!) are available to order from February 5th. They’re limited edition so get off your bum and order quick sticks! (online)

Australian Bakery Cafe
Fresh, delicious, five-star rated hot cross buns are available to order online now. These are the real deal just like your Granny used to make: yeasty, with golden raisins, currants and lots of mixed spices. There are traditional buns and a chocolate variation. Available ALL YEAR! (online)

Of course, the cross is baked right in, NOT painted on with icing!

Australian bakery cafe

Bourke Street Bakery NYC
Get ready for two varieties on offer this year: The classic with orange, currants and spices, AND chocolate with Belgian chocolate, currants, orange and spices. Plus the tops are garnished with either a plain icing or a chocolate icing. These pillowy soft buns are sold individually or in cute crates of 6 buns! Available from March 24th to April 17th they sell out quickly so pre-orders are welcome. Order via their website, Grubhub, Goldbelly or pop into one of their 3 locations in Manhattan: 15 East 28th, 313 Amsterdam Ave, 162 8th Ave. (NoMad and online, NYC)

Gertrude
The cutest little cafe we ever did see, Gertrude are baking small batch, home made, always with orange peel, hot cross buns from late March up to Easter Sunday on April 17th. You can pre-order online (follow on Insta for updates on when pre-orders open) for pick up Friday to Sunday. And there are very limited quantities to purchase daily from Thursday April 14th – Easter Sunday. (UWS – 96th between Amsterdam and Broadway)

We love hot cross buns as much as you do!

Gertrude

Marble Bar Bakery
After owner Clare was featured on Rachel Ray cooking sausage rolls she started the Marble Bar Bakery. A great find for those in the mid-west, pre-order hot cross buns for Easter ($15 for a dozen) are available for pick-up the week of Easter. Choose your buns with or without raisins. (Saint Joseph, Missouri)

Miss Melbourne Coffee
Aussie owned coffee shop in sunny Cali has traditional raisin and choccy chip hot cross buns available for pickup and pre-order. (West Hollywood, California)

hot cross buns easter buns bakery
Image courtesy of Silver Moon Bakery

Find Hot Cross Buns in Manhattan

Balthazar
Thanks to Rebecca for the hot tip about delicious hot cross buns from this exquisite SoHo patisserie. (SoHo)

Bourke Street Bakery NYC
For more details about their delicious offerings, see their listing above, under “Aussie-owned Bakeries“. (NoMad)

Gertrude
For more details about their delicious offerings, see their listing above, under “Aussie-owned Bakeries“. (UWS – 96th between Amsterdam and Broadway)

Le Pain Quotidien
AWNY volunteer and hot cross bun sleuth, Tarley Jordan, spotted them recently at this popular Belgian bakery chain. (Multiple locations)

Silver Moon Bakery
People line up at this revered women-owned bakery for their delicious buns with their sweet and spiced flavor, made with their famous butter brioche. Available now through Easter Sunday, April 17th. Place your order for packs of 6 by calling 212-866-4717, directly from their website or popping into their store. (Upper West Side)

Our buns are made with our famous butter brioche. They are sooooooooo delicious.

Silver moon bakery

Tea and Sympathy
Traditional home made hot cross buns are available now until Easter from this bakery managed by an Aussie General Manager. You can pick them up in store or call to order ahead 212-807-8329. (West Village)

They’re bloody delicious!

tea and sympathy

William Greenberg Desserts
From now until Easter, get these fluffy, spiced yeast dough buns with a sweet drizzle of icing in-store or via delivery. (Hudson Yards, Midtown, Upper East Side)

tray of Easter hot cross buns with raisins and cross.
Tea And Sympathy hot cross buns

Find Hot Cross Buns in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island

Bruno’s Bakery
Family owned Bruno’s are offering their traditional hot cross buns. Call ahead to secure your buns. (Staten Island)

Cuccio’s Bakery
TBH we don’t have much intel about these hot cross buns except that this bakery is one stop from Coney Island and claims to make the “best buns in Brooklyn”. Check it out for yourself and report back! (Gravesend, Brooklyn)

Grimaldi’s Home of Bread
This Queens artisanal bakery with four generations of family traditions is baking hot cross buns for the lenten season. (Ridgewood, Queens)

Zeppieri Bakery
Family owned bakery, Zeppieri and Sons, are kicking off Lent with hot cross buns. Contact them to find out more! (Bronx)

Aussie Bakery Cafe hot cross buns

Find Hot Cross Buns Online

Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery
Michigan-based, Ackroyd’s spiced fruit buns (aka hot cross buns sans cross) are spiced sweet buns made with raisins and candied fruit. You can buy a 4-pack for $18 plus shipping. (Online)

Aussie Pies and Sausages
For details about their hot cross buns and links for ordering online, see their listing above, under “Aussie-owned Bakeries“. (Online)

Australian Bakery Cafe
For details about their hot cross buns and links for ordering online, see their listing above, under “Aussie-owned Bakeries“. (Online)

Goldbelly
To date we’ve found 5 sources of hot cross buns. More could pop up in the days before Easter Sunday: Bourke St Bakery (NYC), Collegetown Bagels (upstate NY), The Gingered Peach (NJ), Flour Bakery + Cafe (MA), Miller’s Bakery (PA). (Online)

Wolferman’s Bakery
This Missouri-based bakery has hot cross buns ready to ship now for $29.99 for a dozen (plus shipping). Hot Cross Buns arrive ready to heat, along with icing to drizzle a cross on top of each sweet roll. (Online)

hot cross buns on a plate
Image courtesy of William Greenberg Desserts

Find Hot Cross Buns in Chain Stores

Entenmann’s
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.

Wegmans
Found! An eight-pack in Wegmans. Check your local store for more availability.

Whole Foods Market
Aficionados have long flagged Whole Foods as a source of hot cross buns. Check your local store (and report back!).

Hot Cross Bun Recipes

With so many recipes online to choose, from where do you start if you want to bake hot cross buns yourself? Shout out to our mate (and Kiwi formerly in New York) Erin Clarkson of food blog Cloudy Kitchen who has four different hot cross bun recipes for you to choose from:


And if you’re a newbie hot cross bun baker? Find out what happened when Aussie in New York blogger, America Josh aka Josh Pugh, baked hot cross buns for the first time.

Dark chocolate and cardamom hot cross buns with chocolate pastry cream cross.
Recipe and Image by Erin Clarkson of Cloudy Kitchen, and can be found online here.

Happy Easter

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.

Special Thanks

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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Author: Angela Tohl

Adelaide-born Angela came to New York in search of the ultimate adventure, by way of Australia and Japan. She juggles technical and copywriting projects, with chasing her kids around (usually on roller skates). Find Angela on Twitter @angelatohl and at www.australianwomeninnewyork.org/author/angelatohl/. Image credit: Susie Lang

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