Bakeries and Cafes

Cafe Society has landed in Manhattan! This tour will focus on the phenomenon of numerous great bakeries, many decidedly FRENCH – but not exclusively – that now dot the island of Manhattan. Your guide has followed this development of the past decade or more and is pleased to escort you through the new landscape. There is more GREAT pastry available in NYC right now than there has ever been – and we’ll prove it beyond a doubt!

Markets and Shops

It all began in the Bad Old Days, the 1970s – when no one was paying much attention. Or rather, when most people avoided Union Square for reasons of safety and hygiene. And then, in 1976 The Union Square Market opened, only one day a week, each Wednesday.

It was an improbable throwback – farmers from Long Island and the Hudson Valley would truck their produce to town. They soon received a warm and enthusiastic embrace! Before anyone knew the expression, before the term had been coined, without fanfare of any kind…the “farm to table” movement began.

Today it is the grandaddy of so many successful offspring that proliferate throughout the 5 Boroughs – it is now open 4 days a week – and it is the biggest and arguably the BEST!

In addition to Farmers and Artisans, Manhattan now has more food halls and more food markets than ever. 20 years ago The Chelsea Market leads the way, and its success has been more or less copied all over town – more good to great food than ever before – waiting for you!

Possible destinations include:

Bakeries and Cafes

  • Patisserie DomInique Ansel
  • Financier
  • Epicerie Boulud
  • City Bakery
  • Balthazar
  • Georgetown Cupcakes
  • Lady M
  • Eric Kayser Patisserie
  • Magnolia
  • L’Aduree
  • Levain
  • our top secret specials (…shh!)

Markets and Shops

  • The Union Square Market
  • (A tale of two) Zabar’s
  • Dean & Deluca
  • Chelsea Market
  • Eataly
  • Le District
  • Grand Central Market
  • Plaza Hotel Food Hall
  • Barney Greengrass
  • Essex Market
  • and more too numerous to mention…