Arcade Bakery

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87 Very Good

Roger Gural turns out first-rate breads, pizzas, and sandwiches in the retrofitted lobby of a downtown office building.

220 Church St., New York, NY, 10013

212-227-7895

http://arcadebakery.com/

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The lowdown

Sure, the novelty of the semi-secret location at the end of a formerly closed-off office-building lobby is part of the appeal. And so is the nifty renovation of what used to be glass-enclosed ad-display alcoves into mahogany-paneled seating cubbies with drop-down tables. But none of that trumps Roger Gural’s flaky croissants, pear-vanilla baguettes, and whiskey-pecan babka. The lunchtime-only pizza made from baguette dough is pretty amazing, too. And bonus points for a stubborn, old-fashioned determination to keep production low and turnover high, which is why you won’t find Gural’s handiwork at your local coffee bar, and why everything’s always exceedingly fresh.

Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

What you need to know

DrinksNo Alcohol

Noise LevelCivilized