I don't know if I am incredibly picky or if there really isn't a great bread bakery in Manhattan (or Brooklyn for that matter.) In particular, a really nice, fresh, crusty baguette. Ideally I'd like the place to smell like they had just baked it. It's not an atmosphere thing, it simply assures me that it was baked recently and not transported from elsewhere.
In terms of neighborhoods, at this point I just want to know where the great stuff is. But I work in Flatiron area, my husband is around Wall Street, so the vicinity of those areas is ideal. I go to Eataly when desperate, but frankly their bread sucks. It's heavy and the crust is tough and they do this weird thing with too much flour on top. I'm looking for a light, flaky, happy crust and delicious inside.
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010