Mon-Fri, 7:30am-7pm; Sat, 8am-7pm; Sun, 9am-6pm
4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.; F, M at 14th St.; 1 at 18th St.
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In a city of insipid—if not downright dangerous—salad bars, City Bakery's is a thing apart: gorgeously eclectic, culinarily inspired, effortlessly seasonal. When Mother Nature gives us juicy heirloom tomatoes, chef Maury Rubin gives us delicious tomato sandwiches. He also gives us caramelized French toast and a mildly spiced Mexican tortilla soup, among too many other delectable things to mention: curried local spinach and spicy chickpeas, udon noodles with smoked almonds. And once you've had your tofu-skin-and-edamame salad, you can reward yourself with a cup of the signature chocolate, hot or cold. Like its pretzel croissant, the City Bakery is a true original.