New Orleans: ManhattanJack

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Manhattan Jack New Orleans

I’m taking my time getting to know New Orleans.  There’s so much to learn about the food culture here.  Things like where you get your beignets, where your po’boy bread comes from, and who makes your King Cake all make a difference when it comes to New Orleans food staples.  So much pride and so much nuance.  It’s a really exciting place to explore food.

I talk about a few of my favorite New Orleans spots here, but I’d love to get down to the nitty-gritty of my experience of this glorious city.  First up:  ManhattanJack, a bakery that has quickly become my happy place.

I hope you come visit New Orleans, and I hope you eat all the things.

Best New Orleans Bakeries - ManhattanJack

I’ve made my way in and out of a hearty amount of New Orleans bakeries lately.  There’s the bakery I go to for a really good baguette, the bakery for the perfect croissant, the bakery for the best doughnut.  ManhattanJack is the go-to bakery for extra decadent, over-sized, home-style sweet treats.

Maybe the cookies are a tad too big (never a problem).  Maybe the brownies have a little too much caramel (not even possible).  Maybe the Black and White Cookies are the size of your face (and sooo!?).  Essentially it’s the bakery I want to call home sweet home.

Best New Orleans Bakeries - ManhattanJack

This is my happy place.  I demolished that Chocolate Dot Cookie in no time.

The Chocolate Dot Cookie is a thick, crisp, crunchy, sweet cookie.  It’s like a crumbly shortbread-type cookie with dark chocolate and sprinkle sides.  It’s just right.  The brownie is coated in caramel, fudgey chocolate, and candy pieces.  It’s 100% over the top.  So delicious and it’s totally normal that it took me three days to finish.  Thanks for helping me demolish all this goodness, Summer!

Best New Orleans Bakeries - ManhattanJack

I dream night and day of the perfect Black and White Cookie.  Soft and cake, topped with dark chocolate glaze and sweet vanilla glaze.  This is just right.

I also love the ManhattanJack is bright and airy.  Plenty of comfortable seating at a cozy table, couch, or common table.  It all feels modern, comfortable, and unpretentious.

Best New Orleans Bakeries - ManhattanJack

Heck yes there’s chocolate-dipped shortbread!  I love when food is graphic.

ManhattanJack also has a stellar savory menu with a really delicious Club Sandwich and breakfast sandwiches that are BEYOND perfect for a lazy weekend.

ManhattanJack is my spot for:  treats to take to a small dinner party / afternoon snack with tea cookie and my laptop / late Saturday brunch / the best Black and White Cookie in town.

4930 Prytania Street
Uptown New Orleans

27 thoughts on “New Orleans: ManhattanJack

  1. One of my favorite places! Do you know if they’re still making cronut knock-offs. I haven’t been able to catch one the past few times I’ve heard they’ve been available and have been wondering. Love that stretch of Prytania and Uptown. La Crepe Nanou, just steps away, is also excellent.

  2. I love this place! Have you tried the raspberry pistachio cookie (along the lines of a linzer cookies but SO much more)

  3. Out of curiosity, do you ever do reader-meetups in whatever city you are in? I will be in NOLA (as my friend from the area calls it) in November for a conference, which is oh-so-boring, and I would love to try some of these places to spice up the trip.

  4. Oh man, Prytania was my ‘hood during grad school (between Milan and Marengo) and I still go back to the Aveda salon that must be RIGHT NEXT to Manhattan Jack whenever I’m in town. Next time I know to stop for a cookie!

  5. That dot cookie is the exactly kind I’ve been looking to recreate! Delis near/in NYC make them with mini chocolate chips throughout and I can’t seem to find the exact right recipe for them… help a girl out Joy! :)

  6. It’s so nice to open mail after having a hectic morning of writing and paying bills to see your face. You look happy especially with that wonderful tray of goodies. I’m jealous wish I could reach out and grab one. I really like the looks of those chocolate dipped shortbread and its given me an idea to make them in miniature form. Hey Joy have a good weekend. Paulette

  7. Joy,
    This place looks amazing! And I have to say you look adorable in the above picture! How do you stay fit? What do you do will all of the extra goodies after you bake and photograph them? I would love to know. Your blog is one of the best around. I love it!
    Big hugs from France,

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