The City Bakery

Bakery and Café · Union Square
3 W 18th St (btwn 5th & 6th Ave), New York, NY 10011, United States
Closed until 7:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 7:30 AM–6:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

City Bakery serves world class breakfast pastry, a salad bar buffet like no other for lunch, soups, sandwiches and specialty pizzas. City Bakery is home of New York's favorite hot chocolate as well as the one and only "Pretzel Croissant".


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    kimberly s.
    "Pretzel croissant and cream of tomato soup are delicious!"(110 Tips)
    Leigh F.
    "Hot Chocolate Festival, day 1!Sunken Treasure + a pretzel croissant."(15 Tips)
    Paige C.
    "Hot chocolate, giant, homemade marshmallows & buttery croissants."(21 Tips)
    Mike C.
    "Try the Peanut Butter Cookie - One of the best I've ever had."(12 Tips)
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  • hot chocolate
  • pretzel croissants
  • coffee
  • breakfast food
  • lively
  • mac & cheese
  • salad bar
  • muffins
  • French toast
  • vegetarian food
  • trendy
  • good for a quick meal
  • bakeries
  • casual
  • scones
  • pumpkin pie
  • family-friendly
  • marshmallows
  • maple bacon
  • authentic
  • Betony K.

    It's true - the hot chocolate is the best.

    Betony Kelly · 5 hours ago
  • Elysia M.

    Breakfast by the pound is awesome but so pricey.

    Elysia Mann · October 27
  • Ashley R.

    The pumpkin pie is delicious... Just not sure it's worth $45.

    Ashley Rose · October 25
  • Carol

    Famous hot chocolate is like hot liquid chocolate. Very thick and rich

    Carol · October 18
  • Dimitris T.

    Great bacon

    Dimitris T. · October 13
  • yuna l.

    it may be worth to try once for a cup of decent hot chocolate, but other than that everything else is really unpleasant. Dirty place, gross smells, loud, and inefficient use of space.

    yuna lee · October 2
  • David R.

    Amazing hot chocolate

    David Rosenthal · September 25
  • Patrick K.

    They're known for their cookies, and for good reason. Very dense, but in a delicious way.

    Patrick Kanaley · September 24
  • Angelica C.

    Bread pudding

    Angelica Chua · September 18
  • Angelica C.

    Liked the lunch bar by would come back for the bread pudding.

    Angelica Chua · September 18
  • Nathanael C.

    Good croissants, they were warm when we got them 👍

    Nathanael Cho · September 9
  • Saif D.

    Hot chocolate month in February - don't miss it

    Saif Dia · September 8
  • Dimitris T.

    Eat French toast at least

    Dimitris T. · September 3
  • Sarah S.

    Beware of iced coffee: I am literally shaking after just one glass.

    Sarah Spagnolo · August 19
  • Alex H.

    "Pretzel" Croissant worthy of the hype. So much butter. Could eat a million

    Alex Hennessey · August 16
  • Deirdre M.

    Salad bar amazing. Baked goods to die.

    Deirdre McMennamin · August 13
  • Dani A.

    Hot chocolate is incredibly smooth and good

    Dani Arribas-Bel · August 11
  • Heejung K.

    Hot chocolate pretzel croissant and chocolate chip cookie combo was the bomb. Friendly staff. :)

    Heejung Kim · July 13
  • Emily W.

    get yourself some baked mac n cheese or go home

    Emily Wilson · July 12
  • Linda C.

    The chocolate chip cookie is colossal, heavenly, and delicious.

    Linda Chow · July 2
  • Emily H.

    The pretzel croissant as well as the snack pizza. Can't go wrong here

    Emily Hache · June 20
  • Christopher

    15% off bike discount!

    Christopher · June 7
  • Morgan J.

    Their buffet bar in the back is the best in the city. I had their white bean and roasted tomato soup, and loved every bit of it. So many delicious and healthy options!

    Morgan Jordan · May 19
  • Mike O.

    Chocolate Chip Cookies. One of the best in the city.

    Mike O'Sullivan · May 19
  • Nicole C.

    The pretzel croissant was really good, but the chocolate was too heavy for me. It looks cute with the giant marshmallow tho (: a niceplace to seat down with a friend and have a snack.

    Nicole Checo · May 15
  • Amber S.

    Pretzel croissant! I was skeptical but it is worth the carbs. Will try to save some for my hubby:)

    Amber Schiff · May 9
  • Irene M.

    Without question the best hot chocolate in the city. Do not argue with me on this.

    Irene M · April 30
  • Michele P.

    Great space with the upstairs balcony. Food is yummy but expensive

    Michele Piccaro · April 27
  • Lisa P.

    most delicious & most overpriced salad bar in the city.. has gone downhill over the years & overall, needs a makeover..

    Lisa Paravano · April 16
  • Kavita B.

    Great to satisfy your sweet tooth, but I would skip the hot chocolate unless you're there for the February festival.

    Kavita Baba · April 6
  • Harry R.

    A popular meeting spot for techies. Lots of tables and high spellings. A bit overpriced bites & coffee.

    Harry Raymond · April 4
  • Ryan

    The hot chocolate is It's rich so bring some water!

    Ryan · April 3
  • Jeff W.

    I've been here 4 times & have tried 5 dishes. LOVED: 1) Pretzel Croissant 2) Mac & Cheese. See Top 10 dishes on Foodmento: Read more

    Jeff Woo · April 1
  • Ariadna G.

    Pretzel Croissant, Peanut butter cookie, and delicious hot chocolate with marshmallows!!

    Ariadna Grané · March 30
  • Nat W.

    "It's like they melt a bar of really good quality chocolate into a cup and serve it to you with a homemade marshmallow."

    Nat Welch · March 26
  • Adna

    Had the hot chocolate with the handmade marshmallow and the pretzel croissant. The hot chocolate was extremely rich and very sweet. The croissant was a must have. Flaky exterior and soft interior.

    Adna · March 25
  • Alexa S.

    I personally think the hot chocolate is extremely overrated. It's bitter, thick and expensive ($7 for a small w/ a marshmallow). Not going here again. Sorry not sorry.

    Alexa Solima · March 19
  • Rachel M.

    The hot chocolate tasted like tar, it felt like i was swallowing cement. It was too thick. After drinking not even half of my wasted money, I ate dollar pizza to get the nasty taste out of my mouth.

    Rachel Mercado · March 19
  • Jaidev A.

    The place is very cute, but the hot chocolate is terrible and the price was ridiculous.

    Jaidev Alvarez · March 19
  • Matt A.

    Pretzel croissant on a trillion

    Matt Atkinson · March 15
  • Madhumanti S.

    Their Hot chocolate is like drinking crack...o m g...

    Madhumanti Sarkar · March 14
  • Robert A.

    Pretzel croissant and hot chocolate make for a salty sweet combo you can't refuse.

    Robert Amezquita · March 14
  • Luis N.

    Amazing... Too bad is too expensive....

    Luis NY · March 14
  • İpek A.

    They have delicious croissants, yes. But that's all. There's nothing special about this place.

    İpek A. · March 14
  • Tina W.

    City Bakery's hot chocolate is a classic for a reason. It's thick and rich, almost like pudding and incredibly chocolate-y. Add a homemade marshmallow and you got dessert for 2 people.

    Tina Wong · March 13
  • Monica S.

    The food bar is delish!! But a little pricey for me personally it's my occasional splurge. If you're seeking indulgent? Omg Mac n cheese :p

    Monica Sullender · March 11
  • Ketellyn M.

    Hot chocolate w/ marshmallows just makes me feel... wow.

  • savas k.

    Hot chocolate, to die for!

  • Sihang Z.

    Rich chocolate

    Sihang Zhao · March 1
  • Gunnar A.

    Only thing I've ever ordered here is the hot chocolate. It's incredibly rich. Go during the hot chocolate festival in February.

    Gunnar Aasen · March 1

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