Power Outlets: No.
Wi-Fi: Yes. (password is hotchocolate)
Noise Level: Medium-Loud.
Coffee: Excellent and abundant.
Bathrooms: I don’t think so?
Hours: 7:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Patrons: Flatiron business people, tourists, general neighborhood.
I first went to The City Bakery during my freshman year of college at NYU. The dorm went as a trip for the well-known hot chocolate that features a massive, home-made marshmallow. It was good, but I’m not really a hot chocolate person. The City Bakery is, of course, charming in its own respect. It features a central plaza with a number of baristas, and a healthy line of customers. The talking and laughter builds to white noise and it makes working or reading comfortable.
Probably the most notable feature of their Flatiron location is how large it actually is. There’s never a lack of seating. It includes two floors of space perfect for chatting, snacking, or in a very meta sense, blogging. The coffee is good and the large is actually insanely large. Today I ordered their spinach and onion scrambled eggs for breakfast which were both filling and given in generous quantities.
It is incredibly rare in New York to find a large scale bakery as wholesome and no-nonsense as this one.
I know it sounds like a stretch to compare the large portions dole out by a coffee shop to the general kindness of a city. But, in fact, it is the sincerity that we project and receive in everyday exchanges, like buying coffee, that reflects in the character and attitude of a social ecosystem. In the years that I’ve lived here, I’ve become very conscious of what it means to be sincere, what it means to share a power outlet, what t means make a two-person table a “communal table.”