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The City Bakery

3 W. 18th St., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Fifth Ave.
212-366-1414

Avg. Rating

6
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 6
"Mixed Reviews"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

55% would go back.

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best salad

By daryasaze on 6/9/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

best salad from non scary fresh salad bar, yummy chicken, and very appetizing desserts. only had tap water though, which is a shame...

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129 out of 238 people found this review helpful.

Outstanding!

By cboehm on 1/7/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Made a 'wimpy' hot chocolate for my four year-old. The carmelized french toast was amazing. Wife said the guacamole was great. Everyone was very nice. Great place to grab and sit. Great breakfast or brunch place for out-of-towner.

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184 out of 351 people found this review helpful.

Much of the same

By tanekamartin on 3/6/2007

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Noting the most recent review was 2 years ago it is interesting to note not much has changed as City Bakery remains a very busy and crowded, overpriced semi-touristy place that serves notable hot chocolate. During two recent solo visits at two different times of day I was unsuccessful in finding a place to sit thus ending up eating my meal standing; OK for the time I only got hot chocolate and a pretzel croissant but not so great during the visit I had a soup and salad lunch. Not sure what drives the buisness for this place as though the food none of it is anywhere near phenomenal and due to prices being based on weight, not a good value for the $$$ at all. The hot chocolate will be either love/hate thing for folks. City Bakery is not a horrible place but there ARE better nearby options.

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411 out of 799 people found this review helpful.

Hyper Expensive and good, but not great, food

By MrSweet on 4/16/2005

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

If you want to spend $19 for some eggs bacon and a piece of French toast, then this is the place for you. There are far superior brunch spots (Tartine in W. Village, eg). Also, their hot chocolate is more like cloying chocolate pudding.

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351 out of 785 people found this review helpful.

what's all the fuss about?

By dinibell on 10/28/2004

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

I guess I'm the only one left in New York that likes to drink hot chocolate not eat it! It's so thick it's nauseating. The aftertaste is delicious. Does that make sense? Anyhow, lots ado about nothing much.

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360 out of 790 people found this review helpful.

A Foodie's Dream

By Gioia on 10/11/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Come for the food- don't judge the service or the decor. This minamilist place has high quality great food. I like the self serve salad bar and the variety of foods available. GREAT PLACE!

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351 out of 792 people found this review helpful.

killer salad bar

By dtulsa on 6/17/2004

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

if you love the union square greenmarket, you'll love the expensive ($12/lb?), but worth it salad bar of greenmarket veggies in unbelievably tasty preparations. everything is great, from all tofu dishes (tofu skin, scrambled tofu) to the small gouda and parsley butter sandwiches you can't go wrong. follow it with the iced 'hot' chocolate. oh yea, they've got good baked goods too.

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419 out of 859 people found this review helpful.

Best Cookies Ever

By arianalyn on 11/24/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I have never had a better cookie than the Oatmeal cookie at City Bakery. The tomato soup is also absolutely fantastic, and the salad bar is delicious and fresh with top-quality ingredients and recipes (there is even a fresh gazpacho with an array of toppings). The downside is there is never anywhere to sit (and if there is, it is a cramped bench or wooden chair) and the prices are sometime shockingly high. Even so, I can't help but go again and again when by Union Square.

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330 out of 717 people found this review helpful.

Bakery and much more...

By CityPixie on 3/27/2003

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

First of all, you have to know that once you walk in the door that you may or may not be seated ... but who cares? When you pay by the pound and your food is in containers when you hit the check-out, just make it "to go" if you can't find a seat. Once you get past that obstacle, open up your cardboard container and pack it full of the fantastic variety of roasted vegetables (Chinese eggplant, chipolte okra, anything seasonal and yummy), marinated tofu skin, slammin' mac & cheese. You just never know what the food bar will have, but you know one thing, it is going to be good!

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326 out of 724 people found this review helpful.

Good Brunch & Snack Food

By adam on 3/25/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Quick and convenient for quality homestyle food and pasteries. The prepared food served at the counter is good, but a bit pricey.

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