New York City Eats: City Bakery

New York City Eats: City Bakery

I first read about City Bakery way back in 2006/2007, when I discovered the world of food blogs. Opened in 1990 and located just off Union Square, City Bakery is a split-level establishment that is part cafe, part cafeteria, part bakery. They even have a mini, dimly lit ‘chocolate room’ that houses various chocolate bars for purchase. Chocolate is a valued food to City Bakery, as they hold an annual Hot Chocolate Festival every February, featuring a different flavoured hot chocolate every day.

City Bakery expanded to a second business, Birdbath Neighborhood Green Bakery, which has locations across Manhattan. City Bakery is available for catering as well, providing events as varied as kids’ birthdays, boat trips, and photo shoots. Imagine having this amazing food at your work!

New York City Eats: City Bakery

City Bakery was founded by Maury Rubin after taking a pastry course in France. The delectable pastries are piled high on the counter and you have to walk by these tempting treats as you make your way to pay.

New York City Eats: City Bakery

Having read about the cookies, I had to buy one for myself. I ordered one of the large chocolate chip cookies and I loved the crispy and chewy texture. Although not as dense and fudgy as those from Levain Bakery, these cookies were delectable in their own right. If only I had a glass of milk!

New York City Eats: City Bakery

I had walked all the way down to 18th Street from the Upper West Side, so I was pretty hungry and ready for a brief rest. I ordered the Pumpkin Seed Burger which was a burger in name only. The pumpkin seed patty was topped with cilantro, avocado, and red onion and served in a kind of fried roti. Although a bit greasy, I loved how the bakery decided to use the chewy roti instead of regular burger buns or even types of Kaisers.

New York City Eats: City Bakery

The inserts of mac and cheese looked deliciously gooey but I felt like having a bit more greens for lunch.

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Although there was a salad bar and hot soups, I liked the option of ready-made sandwiches and pizzas. Here are the crusty-looking toasted smoked chicken sandwiches and portobello mushroom sandwiches.

New York City Eats: City Bakery

Now, I don’t mind travelling or eating in a restaurant alone, but I sometimes wish there were others dining with me so I could sample more variety. There is only so much I can eat at once, and when there is a wide selection of tasty treats it is always difficult to choose the one item that I will order (not to mention, sharing the costs is also rather helpful).

New York City Eats: City Bakery

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New York City Eats: P.J. Clarke’s

P.J. Clarke's, New York

On our first night in New York, we dined at P.J. Clarke’s because it was right by our aunt’s apartment. Established in 1884 and named after its Irish bartender, the restaurant is a traditional American saloon that seems to be the equivalent of an old French bistro. It serves classic dishes and is great for kids and seniors alike – the servers were great at amusing my cousin’s two little kids. Now there are three P.J. Clarke’s locations in New York City, with two more in the US and a couple even in Brazil. Although famous for their burgers, we only ordered sliders for the kiddos!

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New York City Eats: Carnegie Deli

New York City Eats: Carnegie Deli

One of my coworkers was in New York the same time as me. She was excited about going to Carnegie Hall; I’ve never been, but I told her the Carnegie Deli is pretty good!

Our first attempt at eating at the Carnegie Deli was on a Thursday afternoon, hoping for an early dinner and a short wait for a table. Alas! There was a queue out the door and down the street, and we were too cold and tired and hungry to wait 45 minutes for a seat. We tried again on Saturday morning and beat the rush…and tucked into a gigantic breakfast.

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New York Highlights: Spring 2015

New York City

On Monday I got back from spending several days in New York City with some family. My cousin and I visited our aunt in New York, and my cousin brought along her family. We spent four whole days wandering around Manhattan, visiting places I’ve never been like F.A.O. Schwarz and Radio City Music Hall. Despite the packed days however, there is never enough time to do all the things on my list!

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New York City Eats: Levain Bakery

New York City Eats: Levain Bakery

Levain Bakery is a tiny bakery on the Upper West Side of New York and is famous for its cookies. The first time I walked by their tiny below-street-level location, there was a line out the door and around the corner. Since I was on my way to meet the rest of our group, I didn’t have time to wait in line. However, on my last day in the city, I went by Levain Bakery at 8:30 am and only had to stand in a short line of four people for my cookie fix.

The cookies are $4.00 a pop, which sounds expensive until you see them. They are massive! Each cookie looks like it was made with a cup of cookie dough! I weighed one and it came to 175 g (about 6 ounces). So don’t try and eat a whole cookie all at once or by yourself.

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