Thursday, March 11, 2010
Restaurant: The City Bakery
3 West 18th Street, near 5th Avenue
Mon-Fri, 7:30am-7pm; Sat, 7:30am-6:30pm; Sun, 9am-6pm; closes half an hour early daily in summer
Subway: 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W at 14th St.-Union Sq.; F, V at 14th St.; 1 at 18th St.
My old boss used to refer to the stream of morning fashion-industry traffic that streamed through here as "the bitches' parade." The people-watching is good, all right. City Bakery is a bakery, yes, and many come for their hot chocolate, their famous cookies, or the pretzel croissant. But the lunch "salad bar" - a selection of inventively-prepared green-market veggies, plus sandwiches, a beloved mac and cheese and a thick tomato-vegetable soup, make it a lunch destination both for eating in and taking out.