Breads Bakery

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You need air to breath, water to drink, and I need baked goods to eat. I hadn’t been yet, but when I started hearing a lot about Breads Bakery in Union Square, I couldn’t get there fast enough. 

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You walk in, and the aromas of fresh breads and baked goods hit you. When I went, they were sampling out a new item, their Poppy Seed Cake, and it was beyond delicious. So, at that point, I knew whatever I chose, I would probably love. 

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There’s a lot of buzz about their Chocolate Babka, so I decided to give that a try. Sweet baby babka. Ok, so, I’ve had babka before, but I’m not even going to waste key strokes on comparing them, because it isn’t worth any comparison. This was beyond delicious and incredible, maybe one of the best baked goods I’ve eaten…ever? Well, at least in a long time. Let’s put it this way, they say the loaf serves 4-6, but I ate the whole thing in one day. Don’t judge, you probably would too if you tried it (and probably have, if you’ve tried it).

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The babka can be cut, of course, but, I’m a savage and just went in with my hands, tearing pieces off. Since it has almost a braided effect, it rips off in perfect pieces. The outside is crisp, yet light, flakey and airy around the edges. The dough toward the center of the babka is buttery and totally melts in your mouth. Throughout the bread, you have swirls and light chunks of chocolate, rich and creamy and almost a little melty and soft, adding the best balance of chocolaty sweetness with the butteriness of the dough. All of this can simply be wrapped up into one word: Amazing! 

The Shorts:
Name: Breads Bakery
Location: 18 East 16th Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? DUH! I had my eye on a few other items that I’ll definitely be back for.
Would I recommend it? Without a doubt. The store is inviting, the staff is very friendly and the baked goods are unreal. And, you can even order online and they’ll ship nationwide. 

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Think Coffee

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When it comes to coffee, we’ve been conditioned into a culture of absurd sounding beverage combinations with cups that often have a name written on them that’s not even close to our own. “Kevin”? No, my name’s Katherine, thanks. Well, if good coffee is what you’re after, you can head to Think Coffee in one of their five NYC locations. I visited the one in Union Square. 

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Think is dedicating their practice to fairness in the coffee trade, from farmer to customer, and also run their own Farm and Social Projects. They also donate 10% of their profits to local non-profits, taking care of low-income families, including daycare, early childhood education and programs for inner-city youth, teens and seniors. I mean, how amazing is that? Their wallpaper isn’t too shabby either (above). 

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If you need a bite to go along with your cup, they offer a breakfast menu until 11am, and lots of sandwiches and baked goods throughout the day. 

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I grabbed a Peanut Butter Cookie, which comes in from a local bakery. It was big, crispy, crunchy, peanut-buttery goodness. 

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And then, of course, I got a coffee, a Cappuccino. The coffee was rich and smooth and served up with creamy, foamed milk. 

The Shorts:
Name: Think Coffee
Location: 123 4th Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. There’s plenty of seating here too for a meeting, laptop working, or relaxing with some coffee and a snack. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, whether you get your things to-go or hang out, you’ll walk away with some quality goods.