Dine Out : Arcade Bakery

Arcade Bakery NYC

Arcade Bakery is probably known for their fine selection of baked goods as much as their unique semi-hidden location inside the lobby of the Merchant's Square Building on 220 Church Street in Tribeca. I used to walk by that building quite often on my way to Whole Foods before I had learned that an excellent French bakery laid just beyond it's doors. On my first visit, the lady ahead of me on line ordered a turkey sandwich and remarked that she had been dreaming about it all week . I've since tried that turkey sandwich which consists of turkey, mozzarella, roasted pepper, arugula and olives tucked into a tasty slab of focaccia that is ever so slightly crispy on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside and totally understand where she was coming from. Their ham and cheese sandwich served on a baguette with salted butter is also really good. And their personal pizzas ($9) which are baked to order between the hours of 11:45am-3:15pm are another standout option for lunch. The pizzas are served margherita style with a choice of additional toppings like garlic, onion, arugula and pepperoni for an extra $1.00. The slices are delectably thin and flavorful and the crust is one I actually want to eat and I'm usually not much for crusts when it comes to pizza. I've also tried their croissants (plain, chocolate and almond) and these light, flaky, buttery wonders rival ones I've had in France. I haven't tried the babka yet but the people at the next table the last time I was there were singing it's praises. Owner and head baker Roger Gural was a music and television producer prior to honing his baking skills as an apprentice at Au Duc de la Chapelle in Paris and further perfecting them at Thomas Keller's prestigious Bouchon Bakery as well as Bouley Bakery and Almondine before opening Arcade Bakery. His previous experience has definitely paid off and we're quite lucky to have our own version of a French patisserie in downtown Manhattan.

Most people opt for take-out orders but you can also choose to dine in using the pocket seating ledges in between the mahogany tables which fold down from the alcove walls while you take in the view of the impressive vaulted ceilings and marble floors inside the arcade hallway of an elegantly designed building which is over 100 years old. An added bonus is the pleasant aroma of baked goods wafting through the air. It's actually a pretty cool experience. Personally I like the seats with a view of the open bakery itself. Since they're inside an office building, Arcade Bakery keeps office hours as well and serves up their freshly baked goods only on Mondays - Fridays from 8am-4pm. I'd definitely recommend stopping by if you have a chance or happen to be in the area. Fair warning that the lines can get long around lunchtime. And if you do, let me know how you like it!

Arcade Bakery
220 Church Street (Worth & Thomas)
New York City

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Imogen said...

So many things here I would love to try here, looks so beautiful too.

Lilli said...

Morning Rowena! Oh my, now Im going to dream this bakery too, I can get why the lady ahead of you on line told that lol!XD I love bakeries and for sure this is a must stop in NYC. I like also the place where it is located, very classy and picturesque. Have a lovely week ahead my dear, hugs! xo

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Yes, I will be going here my dear...we'll have lunch together...looks so lovely :))) xx

Anonymous said...

I am SO ready for a bread-filled lunch now! :-)

Blackswan said...

Aw, that's some lovely bakes you've got there! Looks like a nice place to chill out too, Rowena! xoxo

Jackie Harrison said...

Now I'm so hungry after reading and looking at this what a perfect place to try fresh bakes.

get carried away said...

looks all just delicious!
happy new week!

<3, Kathrin

Emmylou said...

Wow! Gural worked for Thomas Keller? No wonder everything sounds good!

Stella said...

This place definitely doesn't look like a bakery!
Would love to try their products!
Have a great week ahead, Rowena!
Stella from a A Shiny Place

little luxury list said...

I'll take a pizza with garlic, ham and cheese baguette, and that turkey sandwich! I love a good bakery and will put this on the list ;)

little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

Stanislava E. said...

Oh, wow! This looks like a place I'd love! I already had lunch, but after reading about the sandwiches, my stomach started singing again. And after that you killed me with the croissants! Such a lovely place, Rowena! How lucky you are to have it around! xo

Christina @ Happy or Else said...

OH NOOOO Not in the morning! lol I have to find something incredible for breakfast now! HA! This reads like a love story, Rowena! LOVE IT! It reminds me of a bakery in West Seattle where the line was out the door all the time and people from all over the city would be saying things like "I've been waiting all week," like your patron friend! MMMMMMMMM What a gem!! Love the photos!

Coco said...

Wow! This place looks like an Italian panetteria (bakery), just more chic and with an amazing architecture. You always share the best Rowena, seriously!
Coco et La vie en rose - Valeria Arizzi

Anonymous said...

You seriously have us drooling over here. Everything looks to die for, and we feel like we want one of everything!! Thanks for sharing, we're going to have to give this place a try the next time we're in NYC!!

xx 365Hangers

Unknown said...

Wow the food looks so delicious. Now I'm so hungry.

Kelsey&Kenecha said...

Wow this place looks and sounds amazing. I kinda wanna eat all that food right now looks so good! hahah :P


Beauty Editer said...

So awesome!


Shireen L. Platt said...

Rowena, the way your describe the turkey sandwich made me crave for one too! You described it so well that I could almost taste it in my mouth. Darn you girl, making me hungry before lunch! LOL!
What a lovely bakery, the pictures are just stunning!

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Anonymous said...

wow, this looks so good! And the photos are lovely as always Rowena :)

Paola Lauretano said...

Lovely place and delicious food!!!
Have a great start of the week!
Kisses, Paola.


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Unknown said...

[ Smiles ] "Arcade Bakery" is a nice name for a bakery and I happen to love their logo too!

Unknown said...

This looks like a great place and the food looks amazing!

Margaret Dallospedale said...

This place is so cool Rowena
I really love it
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Lenya said...

It looks so darn tasty. Beautiful pics, Rowena.

The Adventures of a Shopaholic said...

Amazing place!


Unknown said...

amazing, amazing pictures :D


nancy @ adore to adorn said...

what a spot. I would love to try that place one day!


Marcela Gmd said...

Great place!!! nice post!!!
Have a good week, dear Rowena!!! my g+and like's for you!!!:)))

Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

ALLIE NYC said...

Oooo this looks good and I do not work far from here at all. I will have to stop in here one day when I want to splurge on lunch. I went to a place with a coworker across the street from where I work on 6th and Spring it is underground, and Italian place with homemade pasta soooo good. But forgot the name :O

Allie of ALLIE NYC

Lena L said...

I've been meaning to try this place! (I work at a building that is 5 minutes away from this place.)
I hear their croissants sell out so quickly, though. Some even say you just need to follow the delicious smell around the block. LOL

Hope you stay safe and warm in this weather!
Maybe someday we would run into each other and fight over the last croissant! ;p

A Very Sweet Blog said...

I would STAY in this place! I love a delicious bakery and omg'd is that a chocolate croissant!?! LOL It looks so good. Your description of their sandwiches and subsequent pictures Rowena, had me salivating. Arcade Bakery is truly a treasure. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I like the setting! The pizza looks so delicious and so do the sandwiches. I will remember this address for my upcoming NYC visit!


Jenmarie said...

It looks like such a lovely place! Everything looks delicious too!

crafty-zone said...

This bakery looks stunning, it has to be amazing place :)


The Modern Page said...

Great post and photos!


Unknown said...

Seriously yum! I've not heard of this place but will keep an eye for it next time I'm in NY. Thanks a lot for sharing this. I like the pocket seating, awesome for a quick bite :)

trishie said...

Man that must be some turkey sandwich! Makes me want to taste it too

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh that place looks amazing!! You've made me so hungry now D:


Elle Sees said...

looks like a wonderfully amazing place!!

honestly, b. said...

Okay, I totally have to try this place! That turkey sandwich sounds divine. I love that it's a bit hidden away—it gives it a bit of mysteriousness! It almost looks as though you went back in time; there's a slight 50s quality. Thanks for sharing!

Jane said...

oh my gosh it sounds heavenly! i love sandwiches on good bread. mmmmmm. :)

Leslie said...

It's 8 a.m. and I'm ready for one of those sandwiches Rowena! Yum:) I'm all about eating lite but .. when I have a craving for something, I go all out and get something that will really satisfy me. Next time we are in NY I will definitely try this spot. Hope your week is going well so far and that you are fairing well with all that cold weather. WE .. on the other hand, are having a very mild winter. It's nice from a convenience standpoint however we are likely to have a dry summer and our salmon will not have much water in the streams they need to swim in :(

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This place looks and sounds like my kind of place! We made croissants this weekend. I love almondines are my favourite. A good bakery is always nice to find, there's nothing like homemade fresh baked breads. Those sandwiches look delicious as well. :)
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Midnight Cowgirl said...

The turkey sandwich sounds delicious!

Gabrielle said...

This looks like a total dream, the pain au chocolat and traditional pizza look delicious! Fantastic photography in this post by the way, very parisian and dreamy :)

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Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings said...

This place looks fantastic! That chocolate croissant is my jam! :-)

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miasmode said...

Damn that looks like baked goods heaven! I bet the babka is amazing too. Geez I'm glad that I live too far away cos this is really tempting. The weather in NYC is even worse than ours. I have seen it on the news. Thanks goodness the storm wasn't as bad as expected. Yes the winter needs to beep off haha. Happy Tuesday Rowena!!


Effortlesslady said...

Yum! I love almond croissant!

Corinne said...

I'm not surprised people queue at lunch time, that food looks lovely!

Corinne x

Rebeca Muñoz López said...

Rowena interesting place, by the way you describe it makes me go visit!


Anonymous said...

This looks like a great place to eat! So many gorgeous foods!

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buffalo journeys said...

OMG, the food sounds divine, and I love the seating. I'm adding this place to my list of places to visit next time we're in NYC.

MaysaAndSunshine said...

My goodness, I am dying. Look at those yummy pastries and scrumptious sandwiches! I am glad I don't live near this place, Rowena. I could have eaten too much and gain 10 lbs in no time. The seating in that restaurant is quite unique.

My Garden Diaries said...

Oh dear heavens!!! They should make more restaurants like this!! The presentation alone is gorgeous and then I read aloud the turkey sandwich to the hubs and we were both drooling!!!! What a treat Rowena! Wishing you a glorious day tomorrow! Nicole xoxo

Vanessa N said...

THAT TURKEY SANDWICH SOUNDS AH-MAZING ;-; (My favourite turkey sandwich combo = turkey + havarti + pesto sauce) Surprisingly, the best croissants I've ever had were in London, and to this day, my family still talks about it. It was /the stuff of dreams/--incredibly flaky and buttery, and I really need to scout out some bakeries here in Toronto for a good croissant fix.

Ivana Split said...

what a beautiful place!

I love baking...today I baked a really tricky cake and I feel quite happy with myself.

JeannLiew | Luminnej said...

oh my! Rowena, you are making me really hungry at this hour (it's almost midnight now!). I have a soft spot for bread! That's part of the reason why I can't keep my weight off, haha!! But can't help it. Love them too much to let them go, for now *_^

Okie, I have to stop here now, or else, I will have to grab those sandwiches from the screen!!

Tales of Whimsy said...

Oooooooooooooooo I want to go.