So, this Saturday I finally trekked over to the new home of Maury Rubin's City Bakery on 18th Street, and I am happy to report that most of the baked goodies and drinks are as abundant and delicious as in the old space.
However, while I was thrilled about the prospect of additional seating at the new City Bakery, I have to say that I could not help but be totally surprised and a little repulsed by how filthy the new space is! Sure, there were lots more tables, but all were piled high with dirty plates and cups and balls of napkins, and sheets of tissue paper seemed to float around the space. The counters as well, needed a good wipe-down, as they were covered with crumbs and renegade drips of soup and egg and tuna salad..
Also, while the baked treats are still delish and well-displayed up front(excepts for their new donut holes which tasted like soggy-sweet balls of cotton), the salad bar seemed picked over amd old. The sandwich basket needed to be replenished as well..
I'm assuming this is a case of what happens when a beloved little gem overexpands and then can't quite keep up with the new demands of more customers, more space, and increased production ... ?