not really 40, but really have never stepped foot in a bakery. i walk by them all the time and feel a bit intimidated to step foot in one b/c i don't know much about bread. am thinking about losing IT this friday. but am not sure where and with what. i would like to stay in close proximity of soho. maybe blue ribbon, bouley or balthazar? am looking for a place with the freshest bread.. especially the ones with a chewy crust and soft center (i prefer those). i might take it slow and pick up one loaf.. or maybe go crazy and pick up two or three different ones. so different bread suggestions appreciated too.
please help make this first experience a memorable one. thanks in advance.