Attracted by the bright lights and the grand opening sign, I ventured into Carnation Food and Bakery, located off the far corner of Bowery and Canal. I'm not sure if this is the former site of the Szechwan restaurant, but it's right by where the fan gwai line up for the bus to Boston. This is one of the bakery/cafes where you can't serve yourself, but rather the server puts your choices on your tray. In this case it seemed a little odd since it was early in the morning and only a very few items were out on display. When I bought the chicken sandwich, I didn't notice anything unusual about the bun, but when I bit into it I immediately noticed the sweet crunchiness to the top portion. Upon closer examination I saw that it was a pineapple bun, not so named because it contains pineapple flavoring, but because the crusted top visually resembles the exterior of a pineapple. At $1.60 I considered this to be an interesting treat and a bargain. And because it's their grand opening they charged me only $1.30. There are no menus or cards with the street address, but I believe it is 148 Canal St.
Carnation Food & Bakery
145 Canal St, New York, NY 10002