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The City Bakery
Posted by Anonymous on 12/01/2008
Since when are cookies seasonal? Someone at City Bakery has chosen to deny its clientelle the best cookie in NYC for months now...the Melted Chocolate Cookie. Not only is it their best seller (it sells out pretty much every day, I work a block away trust me) but it is also their most expensive cookie. It is absurd to me that they would stop making this cookie because it's "seasonal". Not only are you losing clientelle (I haven't purchased a crumb there since the cookie went away) but you've got to be losing money as well. Bring back the melted chocolate cookie!!
Posted by SM on 01/04/2008
If nothing else, go for the chocolate chip cookies. These are the best in the City. The West Village, Birdbath Bakery location, also has them. The cookies are divine. The other items are good too, but definitely go for the cookies.
Posted by Homelovin on 12/31/2007
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.
Posted by Mike on 10/22/2007
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.
Posted by lk09 on 07/16/2007
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.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/02/2007
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.
Posted by sms on 05/09/2007
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.