BIKINIS

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I love finding somewhat hidden gems around the city. And luckily, I found another, in Alphabet City, for brunch, BIKINIS. 

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First off, the name is pretty adorable, so, I knew we were off to a good start. This Spanish cuisine restaurant is small, yet very bright and charming. On the walls you’ll find quirky pictures and paintings, namely one of a hairy chested, mustachioed man. Everything on the menu is extremely affordable and sounded delicious.

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We were first brought out some complimentary little Mimosa shots. Not a bad way to start.

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Then, for my entree, I ordered the Verde Bikini (Barcelona style pressed sandwich made with challah bread, sautéed crimini mushrooms, organic catalan style spinach, pine nuts, raisins, roasted peppers, provolone cheese). Served with a mixed green salad, this was a really nice sandwich. Golden brown and crisp around the edges, this was more of a fork-and-knife sandwich for me. The ingredients go really nicely together, and the mix of textures and flavors made this really tasty. 

The Shorts:
Name: BIKINIS
Location: 56 Avenue C, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. The space is totally charming and the service was excellent.
Would I recommend it? Yes. They have a really nice menu, something for everyone, at really affordable prices, in a casual, cozy space. Just a heads up, they’re only open for dinner and tapas Tuesday-Sunday and brunch Saturday and Sunday.

Silver Moon Bakery

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The next stop on my 12 Best Bakeries In NYC Challenge from Gothamist’s list is Silver Moon Bakery in the Upper West Side. 

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This bakery has lots of fresh loaves of bread to choose from, in addition to some sweets and pastries. They’re very well known for their Challah Bread, so, I figured that was a good place to start.

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Now, I don’t really need a whole loaf of bread, so, luckily, they also offer Challah Bread rolls. The bread had a nice texture with an eggy and buttery taste to the dough. Now, Challah is pretty straight forward, and I’ve had my fair share of it. But I will say, that this was a pretty nice one.

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I also wanted to try something on the sweet side, so I got their Cinnamon Brioche, which was pretty much the less sweet cousin of the cinnamon bun. The bread was tasty, and the roll, as a whole, was slightly sweet with a nice glaze and  cinnamon inside. I’ve had some pretty decadent cinnamon buns in my day, but this was a nice change of pace. A less sticky and sweet version of this bread let’s you have one as a snack or breakfast without going into a sugar coma afterward. 

The Shorts:
Name: Silver Moon Bakery
Location: 2740 Broadway, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? If I were in need of a loaf of bread, yes. They had some really great looking ones there. Would I recommend it? Again, for the loaves, yes. And, if you have a Jewish dinner to attend, pick up a Challah from there.