29 Mar THE EATORIALIST: WHEN THE LIGHT SWITCH IS A TURNOFF…..

There’s no denying that CITY BAKERY has great bakes and, of course, who couldn’t like their signature hot chocolate and house-made marshmallows? I know I am a fan.

There’s also their salad bar offerings – in a pinch the greenmarket-mindedness makes for a good enough lunch.  Though, as a rule, forget the serving spoons – people picking and licking only to touch that handle ahead of your use. It’s inevitable with self service so, on the rare occasion that I do take a salad bar expedition I use a napkin “shield”.  No Purell moment here but for good food most of us are willing to look the other way at less than perfect hygiene – hence the lines at New York restaurants with a “B” grade.

A TURNOFF AT CITY BAKERY, NYC

But a light switch? Come on Maury, proprietor of all things City Bakery: we put the manager on notice last year about the filthy state of the bathrooms and that very light switch by the kitchen door. One year later same old, same old.

That light switch is a turnoff.

 CITY BAKERY, 3 West 18th Street, New York City

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