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The City Bakery

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  • Sandwiches, Desserts, Bakeries, Cafes & Coffeehouses
  • 3 W 18th St, New York NY10011 40.738959 -73.992335
  • (Btwn 5th and 6th St)
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  • (212) 366-1414
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User Ratings (Based on 23 reviews)

Food 3.5 Value 2.4
Service 2.9 Atmosphere 3.0

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 366-1414
Delivery Take Out Catering Private Parties Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc
Sun: 10am-6pm Mon-Fri: 7:30am-7pm Sat: 8am-7pm
Breakfast, Lunch
Delivery, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Catering, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • The City Bakery

    Posted by Homelovin on 12/31/2007

    Don't miss the hot chocolate

    I am very big on chocolate and I have very high standards for it. Thus, when you read my title, take it seriously. This is literally the best place for hot chocolate in New York. There is a reviewer below who complained that it was bitter, well that is because it's REAL chocolate, if you want Swiss Miss I suggest you go to Max Brenner, where the quality of the chocolate is so low I wouldn't clean my floors with it. Besides if you really want more sweetness to it, although the hot chocolate isn't bitter at all, ask for them to add one of their organic marshmallows that melt in the hot chocolate and give it an even better flavor. I also highly recommend their pretzel croissant, which is delicious. If you have friends or relatives visiting in the winter, this is a great place to come and rest after a day of sightseeing or shopping. Definitely have the hot chocolate, you will not be disappointed, but be prepared because it is very rich.

  • The City Bakery

    Posted by Mike on 10/22/2007

    Desserts are overrated

    Cold salad bar was good. However, the desserts weren't that great for a "bakery". Had their freshly baked chocolate cookies at $4 each and thought they were so-so. I'd go elsewhere for dessert.

  • The City Bakery

    Posted by lk09 on 07/16/2007

    no complaints

    Yes, this place can get pricey very quickly. But what the other reviewers have to realize is that this place isn't your average salad bar. Nowhere else will you find this quality of ingredients. I could make a lunch just out of the vegetables they are so good. All of the vegetables are fresh, never canned, and fresh ingredients from the nearby greenmarket are used whenever possible. While I steer clear of the hot food, which looks a little greasy to me, I pile my plate with a lot of the fresh leafy greens, and then choose small portions of meat and heartier vegetables. Yes, the food is expensive and no, you do not get a lot for your money, but you should go here to savor the exotic dishes, not to stuff yourself. When you choose wisely, and stick to reasonable portion sizes, you can have a fast, satisfying, healthy, restaurant-quality meal without spending money on tips.

  • The City Bakery

    Posted by Anonymous on 06/02/2007

    Great salad bar and great desserts

    I'm confused by the posters who do not like the salad bar. I go there all the time and love it. I also love the melted chocolate cookie, made with Scharfenberger chocolate. I have had the chocolate tart, which was also good. The prices are quite high, but if you like fresh, simply-prepared vegetables, as I do, it's well worth it. I have tried the cold hot chocolate and didn't particularly like it. Not sure what all the fuss is about there. One thing to beware of is the crowds - when we go at lunchtime on a weekend, it's really difficult to get around, let alone find a table. It's great for takeout or at off hours, though. The lines usually move pretty quickly.

  • The City Bakery

    Posted by sms on 05/09/2007

    overrated hot chocolate

    After trying their delicious cookies, I was greatly looking forward to the rich hot chocolate they are so well-known for. Unfortunately, the extremely thick chocolate mess was nothing short of disgusting. I ordered a small, paid over $4 for it, and could barely drink half of it. I really tried to drink it because throwing it away was such a waste, but I just couldn't do it. It wasn't sweet at all; in fact, it tasted like sour milk. For those who love Italian style drinking chocolate, this is not your place. Also, the salad/hot bar is insanely overpriced. The place should stay true to its name and remain solely a bakery--something it is actually good at.

  • The City Bakery

    Posted by Anonymous on 04/24/2007

    The best

    This is gourmet for the grab 'n go. I used to eat here all the time when I worked in the Flatiron area. The prices are reasonable as long as you watch what you put on your plate--you are paying by the pound. All the food here is terrific. Seriously, I have not had one bad item. And, I've even tried things there that I don't normally like and those turned out great, too. The pretzel croissant, cookies and cold hot chocolate are not to be missed.

  • The City Bakery

    Posted by Anonymous on 04/16/2007

    Massive eye roll

    Yes, the pretzel croissants are great. The brussel sprouts of all things are also terrific, as are the mac/cheese and cornmeal fish. BUT that is where it ends. The rest of the food (esp grilled stuff) gets really icky sitting out there so long, yet it's a zillion dollars a pound. Their other pastries - eh. Go to Billy's. What is the worst is their service. After getting my lunch boxed and ready to pay (it was well over $15), I asked her for a sleeve or extra cup for my Starbucks coffee that I'd carried in. I would not have even thought of asking had I not been purchasing anything. But I was. She said no...she said I could have all the napkins I wanted, but no CB cup. Are you kidding. Bad service and business - turning down free advertising. So I left all my food on the scale for them to take care of. Pretty entitled place.

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