In the past, Untapped Cities has explored some of New York City’s oldest bakeries. This year, peppered with comments and suggestions from our readers, we decided to take a deeper dive into family-owned and operated NYC bakeries and patisserie spots that bring a sense of history and ethnic flavor to our neighborhoods throughout. Here are 21 old-world NYC bakeries in all five boroughs, organized from oldest to newest:

1. Caffe Roma in Little Italy

Caffe Roma has been family owned and operated since 1891. They are known for their cannolis, some of which are larger than a hot dog bun! Other dessert favorites are Amaretto Italian cheesecake, sfogliatella, pignoli cookies and homemade gelato. Caffe Roma is located at 385 Broome Street in Little Italy.