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City Bakery review

emily | Mar 29, 200605:00 PM

I finally made it to City Bakery. I've been to the NYC one several times and really like it. Overall, I wasn't thrilled with my experience today, though. There must be less than half of the items carried in NYC.

Pretzel Croissant: not nearly as good as the one in NY. Don't know where the salty bits went. Not the same texture.

Baker's Muffin: this is basically little knobs of a yeast dough, rolled in cinnamon, and then baked together in a muffin form (sort of like monkey bread). There's an apple raisin filling. Could use a little more pizzaz. Depends on what you're in the mood for, I guess.

Hot Chocolate: delicious.

Caramelized French Toast: delicious, as well. A thick slice of white bread with a sugary coating. Not overly eggy.

Chocolate Chip Cookie: I liked this one, although I could see how many would think it's too sweet. Almost candy-like.

Salad Bar: some tasty items, like tofu with miso and chili sauces. Nice grilled asparagus and radicchio. Israeli couscous with ricotta salata. Needs some more variety, though, like the NYC version.

Mac & Cheese: good, but not outstanding.

Old Bay Chicken Wings: nothing special. Flavoring wasn't particularly strong or interesting and they didn't seem fresh from the oven.

Prickly Pear Lemonade: tasty at first, but ended up being mouth-puckeringly sour. Too much so.

I asked about the famous tarts since there weren't any around. Apparently, only Maury Rubin bakes them and he's out of town, so call before you go if you're interested in them. I was told they're making 4 flavors: chocolate custard, lemon, blueberry & coconut and a date version. I guess Maury is living out here for a year while CB gets up and running. I'm wondering if his absence had any effect on the pretzel croissant.

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