3 W. 18th St., New York, NY, 10011
between Fifth and Sixth Aves.
By daryasaze on 6/9/2008
best salad from non scary fresh salad bar, yummy chicken, and very appetizing desserts. only had tap water though, which is a shame...
By cboehm on 1/7/2008
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.
By tanekamartin on 3/6/2007
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.
By MrSweet on 4/16/2005
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.
By dinibell on 10/28/2004
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.
By Gioia on 10/11/2004
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!
By dtulsa on 6/17/2004
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.
By arianalyn on 11/24/2003
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.
By CityPixie on 3/27/2003
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!
By adam on 3/25/2003
Quick and convenient for quality homestyle food and pasteries. The prepared food served at the counter is good, but a bit pricey.