View of fresh pastries topped with pumpkin seeds and sugar coated berries from Mel's bakery in the Lower East Side View of fresh pastries topped with pumpkin seeds and sugar coated berries from Mel's bakery in the Lower East Side

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“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfied of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts,” James Beard once said. So, have you ever truly considered a loaf of sourdough bread in all of its dazzling taste and virtue? This beloved slow food is the sole reason for making a takeout stop at Mels, a charming neighborhood bakery on Ludlow. Here, head baker Nora Allen is making counter service magic out of loaves, pastries, cookies and bars, hand-rolled and made with locally sourced grain. The fermentation process alone can take 24-72 hours, so be assured you’re getting something made with love and care. We’ll just add that nothing beats a classic slice served with a swoosh of cultured housemade butter (hat tip to Beard, of course).

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