The City Bakery

3 W 18th St. New York, NY 10011(212) 366-1414 • thecitybakery.com
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My love for this place runs very deep, so if I seem irrationally effusive compared to its present day offerings, please forgive the reminiscent halo effect. And while this opening might sound puzzling to those who think City Bakery is still awesome to this day, I assure you that it is only half as awesome as it once was. Which is a testament to just how off the charts it was, because I’m still giving it five knives even with the menu flying at half-mast.

So, first let’s start in present day since this is the stuff you can actually still get. Three Ultimates back to back to back are the pretzel croissant (pictured), the chocolate chip cookie and the molten chocolate cookie. All three of them are so fantastically joy-inducing amazing they could give the likes of Prozac a run for its money.

Down any one of them along side a mug of their homemade hot chocolate (with an equally homemade marshmallow) and you will be so deep in a euphoric, diabetic bliss that the song “Revolution No. 9” by the Beatles actually makes sense.

And now for what you can only dream about, because they no longer make them. You see, once upon a time City Bakery also used to offer table service and upon that menu was a caramelized French toast the stuff of which fairytales are made. But sadly she is no more. And along with her has gone the fried green tomato grilled cheese on cornbread. The sandwich lasted a little longer than the French Toast as there was also a prepared foods/buffet period as well. A period that put the likes of Dishes. Essen and Mangia to shame.

Sadly the latter offerings are nothing but a memory. Happily, the former are still around in all of their diet-thwarting glory.

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The Ultimate Croissant

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City Bakery – New York, NY – Pretzel

Way before the cronut ever stepped onto the scene, there was this baby (pictured). The original croissant hybrid. Only instead of going sweet, they went savory. And I have to say they “nailed it!” (Read with a high-pitched lilt). The saltiness interacts with the butteriness in a way not unlike sea salt does with chocolate or caramel- and in that alchemy of decadence, all ships rise.

La Tulipe – Mount Kisco, NY – Almond

While all of their croissants are excellent, the Almond reigns supreme. Get there right at 7:30am (Monday-Saturday) or 8:00am on Sundays just as they come out of the oven, and then race home to eat it while they’re still warm- the almond paste still liquefied. The dusted confectioners sugar still settling. It’s like eating a warm hug from a hundred puppies.

Petrossian New York, NY – Plain

The buttery/flakey quotient of this plain and simple croissant simply can’t be beat. Like an explosion of pop rocks in your mouth, the flakes will seek out your taste buds like guided missiles, swooning every last one of them. Also, one other thing that is truly impressive about these croissants versus the others is that they are the only ones that travel well. The others won’t last more than hour or two before their magnificence starts to wane. These are more like the Energizer Bunny.