I like carbs more than I like most people. So, when I discovered Breads Bakery I knew we would be a match made in heaven. The place is like a carb palace to end all other bakeries.
Breads opened several years ago in Union Square and has since expanded to a Bryant Park location. They specialize is all things bread, both sweet and savory. The space is surprisingly large. There are two counters in the long narrow space and plenty of seating. Everywhere you look there are sheet trays full of goodies. The place is always bustling with energy and tons of people pushing carts of pastries and customers ordering their food. Behind the counter on the far end of the bakery is a kitchen that is easily double the size of the front of house space. They have a team of bakers and cooks who work tirelessly to pump out food for catering orders and dining in.
The selection of food that they offer is staggering. I've been here 20+ times and had them cater plenty of lunches for me at the office- and never once did I have the same thing. As their name suggests, their actual breads are not to be missed. I'm partial to the perfectly baked, eggy challah bread. They do a brilliant shakshuka bread where they drop an egg onto their freshly made bread with either spinach or tomato sauce. I'm not normally a sweets person (we all have our flaws) but I make an exception for Breads. They have chocolaty versions of Jewish classics like flakey babka and sweet rugelach. Rounding out my favorites are their cheesecake jars. Yes, they filled mason jars with cheesecake and fruit which I inhaled until I couldn't breathe anymore. They round out the carb loading with fun weekly specials like cheesecake babka bread. It's evil. Go there. Here’s what we had: