Just Buns in Congers


Everyone’s been commenting about Just Buns in Congers, and I’ve been remiss in posting about it. I found out about this shop in December when owner Dana Reyes came by the office with some samples. Between the holidays and my flu, I just didn’t get to posting until now. Sorry for holding out on you!


Swirly Buns are the signature dish at Just Buns, which is on Lake Road in Congers right near Steve’s Prime Meats. The buns are an old family recipe.

They come in both savory and sweet varieties, with such breakfast flavors as Egg, Egg & Cheese, Egg Bacon and Sausage and Egg Sausage and Cheese; lunch and dinner versions like Cheese, Garlic, Ham & Cheese, Onion, Parmesan Cheese and Pepperoni; and sweet flavors, including Almond, Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry, Butterscotch, Cinnamon and Brown Sugar, Cherry, Chocolate, Coconut, Lemon, Toffee, Peanut Butter & Chocolate as well as Peanut Butter. The original flavor was ham and cheese.

They’re kind of flaky, and kind of biscuit-y — like a cross between a croissant and an empanada.

The shop also sells coffees and teas and other beverages, soups, quiches and other specials. They also cater events, such as baby showers, holiday parties, birthdays, school functions and weddings.

Just Buns is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. The address is 33 West Lake Road, Congers. 845-589-0357. swirlybuns.com.


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. Hey great to see this mentioned, but the breakfast items are like an empanada, they call them breakfast pockets & have a lunch version as well with beef and vegi’s…the buns are totally different. Just to clarify………
    Everything is great though & they have soups!!
    But the buns are the star I would say!!

  2. It’s wonderful to have a place like this in Rockland County! I’ve been telling all my clients and friends about this little kept secret in Congers. It’s time that it’s not a secret anymore. Have just one bun and soon you’ll be back for more. The breakfast and lunch pockets are delicious, healthy and filling. And you can’t beat the price. The fun and friendly staff will cater to your event. Leave your email/fax with them and they’ll keep you posted on their specials that week.

  3. After reading about this last night I took a drive from Tappan this morning to give it a try. I must say this is an adorable place with delicious food!! I tired a breakfast pocket, today they had Egg, Ham & cheese & of course I had to get some buns – they were just out of the oven…I got a cinnamon & brown sugar, chocolate, peanut butter & jelly, the original, & an almond. When I got to the office we cut them up & boy they went in like minutes…all are super good. I will be placing an order for my superbowl party for sure!! My hubby’s friends will love em!! Thanks Liz for informing us of this wonderful new place!!
    Hope your feeling better too.

  4. Thank you all so much for the well wishes! All I can say it’s a good thing you can’t hear me through the blog (except on the videos!) because I sound like a frog! But I’m feeling much better. Thanks again.

  5. Hey I just tried them about an hour ago….wow they blew me away, just so airy & lite….goodness I’m going to be a regular. I also got to sample the beef & vegi lunch pocket (they have these cute little mini samples) that was wonderful to & they told me they are working on a vegi version. It’s pretty much an empanada…crust is homemade & so good!!
    Great tip Liz!! Enjoy your weekend & continue to feel better.

  6. I am checking them out this weekend – will be at the Rockland Lake ice festival! Can’t wait after reading all these great reviews. Rockland needs something new & different.

  7. My husband & I stopped in on Sat. also on the way to Rockland Lake ice festival & all I can say is these buns are heavenly………..my husband tried the beef & vegi pocket too & he loved it.

    It’s so great to see a new business in Rockland, especially one with such delicious foods. I wish them much success!!

  8. Oh my goodness! I stopped in this morning, the buns were coming out of the oven so I waited for them to be sugared, they were devine!! Brought some to the office & they were gone within minutes……I’m a fan!! This is a great new place…..I will be back this weekend to get more for my brunch on Sunday!!

  9. Well after reading all this feedback I had to give it a try, stopped in at lunch time & they were pretty busy.

    Delicious……..got a chicken noodle soup, very hearty, I sampled the lunch beef pocket, and got a couple of buns to try, Chocolate is great! I was told they use callebaut which is one of my favorites too!!

    All in all I give them an A++

    Liz – what is the deal with this new Mt Ivy buffet on 303 across from Palisades Mall? Any info. on that??

  10. Well I had to check this place out after reading the post & comments…..stopped in for some breakfast. Just finished pigging out at my desk….I tired a egg, ham & cheese breakfast pocket & a cinnamon & brown sugar bun. They were so good! I’m ready for more………

  11. After seeing the mention in today’s paper I stopped by….great stuff & a really cool place!!

  12. Since the snow let up I was able to get over to the store, late morning. I just finished & must comment that I agree with all of the above, just fabulous…now I have to get back this weekend to stock up!!

    A wondeful cozy place!

  13. These pastries are great. I’ve only had them twice, but my favorite is the cinnamon. Peanut butter and chocolate take a close second! A Reese’s peanut butter cup in a bun – that’s quite something! Stop in if you haven’t already and try several!

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