Two handwritten signs above the baked-goods display, one in English, one in Polish, spell out what a glance will already have told you: "Is it fresh? Yes!" This extra-plump poppy-seed roll ($3.28, at $4 per pound) earned bonus points for a ridgeline of crushed walnut held fast by a sugary glaze.
Star Deli & Bakery
176 Nassau Ave. (Diamond-Humboldt Sts.), Greenpoint, Brooklyn