The City Bakery: 18th Street and 5th Avenue, Flatiron District

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Photo take by Grace Guarnieri

Overall: 8/10

Power Outlets: No.

Wi-Fi: Yes. (password is hotchocolate)

Noise Level: Medium-Loud.

Coffee: Excellent and abundant.

Bathrooms: I don’t think so?

Seating: Oodles.

Hours: 7:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Bookstore: No.

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.

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View from the 2nd floor overhang.

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.”



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Screengrab: Google Maps.

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