“Fab food, great location, good-looking crowd, and plenty of space.”
“Best hot chocolate I've ever had”
“The salad bar was beautiful, and I took a fairly small amount of my favourite grilled veggies, no lettuce or spinach, but my bill was still $11.”
“The good quality bakery wheat bread was lightly toasted, and the fillings were fresh and well layered.”
“Thanks, but there's a huge Whole Foods about 1/2 mile away- they have a very extensive and high quality cold and hot salad bar priced at $7/lb and a great prepared foods department.”
“It's a great place for people watching.”
“Nice food, expensive, some horrible staff member”
“Sure, it was tricky to eat on a budget at CB but the price wasn't so bad since I felt at home there.”
“of us in bridal party met to discuss wedding stuff and it was a great place (go early, before 10:30 with group) to have a quick meeting over great brunch.”
Yes, the cookies are good, and yes the macaroni and cheese is overlooked. But the pretzel croissant is the real draw here, and frequently the cause of long lines. Wait just once to see its allure.
Apple cake!. I love the apple cake here nice thick helping, and great coffee. you can relax there with out feeling like the next table is on top of you. can you say- elbow room?
I hadn't been to the City Bakery for a few years, but stopped in today for a sweet treat and a cup of coffee. Not only were the choices minimal (which made me wonder why they still refer to this place as a "bakery" ... it isn't), the chocolate chip cookie I decided on was so sickly sweet it hurt my teeth. The pumpkin pie my friend has wasn't much better ... also overly sweet, with a tough crust that was about 1/2 inch thick.
If you like thick cookies that taste from excessive amounts of brown sugar, then the City Bakery just might be for you. Otherwise, go elsewhere. I certainly won't be going back.
Doesn't beat Chocolate Bar in the West Village!.
City Bakery is a pretty decent place to try, but if you're looking for an even better dessert hot spot with amazing gourmet chocolate, you have to try Chocolate Bar in the West Village!
CHOCOLATE BAR WEST VILLAGE
Alison Nelson reopened her West Village location just steps away from her pioneering original
Chocolate Bar: 19 Eighth Avenue between 12th Street & Jane, NYC (West Village)
www.chocolatebarnyc. com/ info@chocolatebarnyc. com
Nice food, expensive, some horrible staff member.
My long, long love affair with City Bakery is almost over. I started going shortly after they opened the old place closer to Union Square, what?, ten years ago. I've eaten at CB, on average, once a week for ten years. But over the last year or so, I've slowed down to once a month. Pretty soon, I'm going to move on.
What made CB so special for last ten years? First, their close association with the Green Market at Union Sq. CB was my Green Market classroom. I'd eat at CB to see what was new and wonderful at the Green Market and then head straight to the market to buy what I'd just eaten. I learned a lot. Second, the staff at CB was always very professional, educated, and friendly. The freshest employee would serve my coffee with a smile and my questions about the food were always answered with verve. Sure, it was tricky to eat on a budget at CB but the price wasn't so bad since I felt at home there.
In the last two years or so, the staff has turned sour. Sure, there are still a few wonderful people working there but--and I can point to several specific staff members--questions are no longer tolerated and nothing is served with a smile. Kids used to be welcomed, now they are barely tolerated.
If management is reading this, I suggest a very simple test: Send someone down the line with a medium size order and have them ask for a tray. Count the number of times they have to ask for a tray. See if the tray is clean. Look for anything resembling a smile or a kind word when the tray is handed over. It's a very, very simple thing but, IME, you have to ask a minimum of three times for a tray, it's always handed over with a frown, and half the time it's dirty.
I have no idea who is responsible for managing the servers/cashiers but it's clearly time to clean house if CB is going to stay in business. Really nice food just doesn't make up for rude and unprofessional staff.
I go to City Bakery every time I go to New York, and though the staff has become more & more rude each time, I've never been disappointed by the food. My friends & I found it by mistake, had no idea of any hot chocolate hype. In fact I think I usually get a mochacino, so it's a good balance; the heavy hot chocolate with the coffee. The breakfast with the granola, yogurt, fruit and mini bagels is really a great value IMHO; I want to say I've never paid over 8 bucks for breakfast, including the coffee.
Sad to see such bad reviews, honestly. Hopefully management reads the reviews and does something about it...
Not so good..
I came here because I saw City Bakery on TV show called "in your Code"
CB looked delish. So ,I finally went their for what they are known for Hot Chcoclate. Yummy right?
Wrong it was far from hot and had a bad after taste.
I was very disappointed after wating 15 minutes on line having to listen to the emaciated counter guys all complian about how cheap theri customers are. While trying to sell you four homemade marshmellow for $10.00.
Overpriced and overrated. This place was boggus. My friend was here from out of town so I thought we could do something fun and I had heard about the 'hot chocolate festival.' What a huge dissapointment. We ordered the caramel hot chocolate--didn't have any hint of caramel whatsoever and was to thick to actually enjoy. My friend got a chocolate chip cookie and I got an oatmeal one. We threw them both away, they tasted like they had been sitting for days! They weren't moist and weren't remotely tasty. I've made better! The whole thing ended up costing 16 bucs. We were sick for the rest of the day. Don't waste your time at this bakery. Not worth it!
Hot chocolate was not that great. I tried their hot chocolate for the first time expecting it to taste like what I experienced in Spain. It is not that similar - this is sludgy and the taste is at first sip, very good, then the chocolate flavor becomes cloyingly bitter as you sip (or chew) some more. I had an oatmeal cookie with the drink and it was more apparent how bitter the chocolate was after eating a bite of the cookie, which was sweeter. I had to set aside the cookie in order to avoid making that comparison with my tastebuds. I do have to say the atmosphere of the place is nice with the seating area on the balcony. It's a great place for people watching.
Disappointing and the service was arrogant. Very disappointing. For one thing, if you just wanted to buy a sandwich in the back, you're forced to wait in the long dessert and coffee line--you can't go to the register, no matter how long it's taking. It's awful, and the guy behind the counter, who described himself as the manager "John," was arrogant and rude. They appear to have some sort of exalted view of themselves that totally excludes customer service or satisfaction. Really not worth it.
Overpriced food, extremely rude service. To start off the employees here are incredibly rude - any question we had was responded to in an extremely condescending manner. the food is overpriced and has obviously been sitting out, and the hot chocolate more like pudding than like a drink. take your money elsewhere!
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