I refuse to let you buy bread, pastries, rolls (and-pretty-much-anything-that-involves-gluten) from your local Whole Foods (supermarket) without knowing Breads Bakery has opened in Union Square.
Seriously, put down that semi-fresh baguette and take the 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q,or R train to Union Square for straight-out-of-the-oven, artisanal baked goods.
I repeat, Breads Bakery has opened shop and it will be worth the 20 minute commute from wherever you are to 16th Street (between Broadway & 5th Avenue).
With origins in Tel Aviv, Master Baker Uri Scheft has personally brought his craft over to our fair city; and as a New Yorker, I feel honored to have direct access to Chef Uri’s quality breads, made fresh on premise and sold at reasonable prices.
SIDE NOTE: I know I can get fresh bread in NYC, and yes there’s Balthazar in SoHo, Eric Kayser on the Upper East Side, and an Amy’s Bread here and there; but the size, space, and convenient location of Breads Bakery makes Breads so much more appealing to me.
So please learn from my error and go to Breads Bakery for their quality sourdoughs, fresh-out-of-the-oven almond crossiants, muesli rolls, olive sticks, challah loafs, chocolate babka and sandwiches.
Oh and as someone who has experienced 30 minute lunch/dinner breaks in Union Square, Breads Bakery will be your saving grace… they even have sweet and savory specials too… just make sure to order quickly, otherwise I’ll regret telling you about this place.
PS: Open 7 Days A Week: MON-FRI – 7am – 8pm SAT-SUN – 8am – 8pm
PPS: I will be writing about my bread-making experience with Uri Scheft following this post, so stay tuned!
UPDATE: Here’s my post on Master Baker Uri Schefts Private Bread Making Workshop