Blue Ribbon Bakery & Cafe

★★★★★
  • 35 Downing St

    New York, NY 10014

    Cross street: at Bedford St.

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  • 212-337-0404

About Blue Ribbon Bakery & Cafe

Hours
Mon-Thu, noon-midnight; Fri, noon-2am; Sat, 11:30am-2am; Sun, 11:30am-midnight

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I recently visited this place for lunch, with a friend visiting from Brazil and her 2 year old son. We arrived in between shifts, lunch and dinner. After the waitress took our order, she left and did not even mention her shift was over. No

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★★★★★

I recently visited this place for lunch, with a friend visiting from Brazil and her 2 year old son. We arrived in between shifts, lunch and dinner. After the waitress took our order, she left and did not even mention her shift was over. No

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I come here at least once a week, so I think I owe a review. Both the food and the ambiance keep me coming back. Blue Ribbon looks, smells and tastes great with awesome service. I've never felt rushed even though it can get kind of

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★★★★★

I come here at least once a week, so I think I owe a review. Both the food and the ambiance keep me coming back. Blue Ribbon looks, smells and tastes great with awesome service. I've never felt rushed even though it can get kind of

Pros: Great food, great service

Cons: Can be expensive,

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We finally went to Blue Ribbon Bakery. I had read so much hype about this place over the years. Maybe the Bromberg brothers are getting stretched too thin with their growing food empire? But whatever is going on, the place was a huge

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★★★★★

We finally went to Blue Ribbon Bakery. I had read so much hype about this place over the years. Maybe the Bromberg brothers are getting stretched too thin with their growing food empire? But whatever is going on, the place was a huge

Pros: Fun space

Cons: Crummy service, lack luster food

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This is a really fun cozy place in the Village. The breads are fantastic but the blue ribbon food is what keeps bringing me back. The french toast may be the best thing I ever ate.

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★★★★★

This is a really fun cozy place in the Village. The breads are fantastic but the blue ribbon food is what keeps bringing me back. The french toast may be the best thing I ever ate.

Pros: great varied menu

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I've never left this place disappointed. Yesterday, as usual we had an extremely pleasant evening -- good service and excellent food. Their menu selections are exquisite. Duck confit yesterday was great. I love their combinations --

3
★★★★★

I've never left this place disappointed. Yesterday, as usual we had an extremely pleasant evening -- good service and excellent food. Their menu selections are exquisite. Duck confit yesterday was great. I love their combinations --

Pros: Excellent food, choices, combinations, wine list, service

Cons: Expensive. Occasionally loud diners

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I love Blue Ribbon Bakery in the winter. The downstairs dining area is juxtaposed to the wood burning ovens of their bakery and the wine cellar gives it an old world charm. I highly recommend the fried chicken, the batter is light and the

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★★★★★

I love Blue Ribbon Bakery in the winter. The downstairs dining area is juxtaposed to the wood burning ovens of their bakery and the wine cellar gives it an old world charm. I highly recommend the fried chicken, the batter is light and the

Pros: Great Service and ambiance

Cons: can be expensive

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good restaurants in nyc are always busy. so is the case with blue ribbon bakery. formerly a bodega, it was converted to a bakery which, in addition to making bread, began to serve small plates. the last step of its conversion occurred

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★★★★★

good restaurants in nyc are always busy. so is the case with blue ribbon bakery. formerly a bodega, it was converted to a bakery which, in addition to making bread, began to serve small plates. the last step of its conversion occurred

Pros: corner location, bread, menu, blue ribbon wine bar across the street

Cons: nousy and busy, not intimate, not veyr kid friendly

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What a high quality New York restaurant should be -- casual atmosphere, attentive but not obsequious service, lively but not posturing atmosphere, and excellent food. I say food rather than cuisine because the dishes are straightforward

3
★★★★★

What a high quality New York restaurant should be -- casual atmosphere, attentive but not obsequious service, lively but not posturing atmosphere, and excellent food. I say food rather than cuisine because the dishes are straightforward

Pros: Excellent food, extensive menu, attentive service, charming space

Cons: None, really

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The food was mediocre with a small selection on the menu. The host had us wait even though we arrived prior to other patrons. Worst of all was our waiter. He had no idea what was on the menu and wa helped by fellow staffer. Definitely find

3
★★★★★

The food was mediocre with a small selection on the menu. The host had us wait even though we arrived prior to other patrons. Worst of all was our waiter. He had no idea what was on the menu and wa helped by fellow staffer. Definitely find

Pros: Bread

Cons: Menu and Staff

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Had something to eat there last night and in twenty years of eating out in New York I never experienced such bad service. The waiter that we got was in such a bad mood, he never introduce himself, just tossed the plates down in front of

3
★★★★★

Had something to eat there last night and in twenty years of eating out in New York I never experienced such bad service. The waiter that we got was in such a bad mood, he never introduce himself, just tossed the plates down in front of

Pros: good food

Cons: overpriced for the service

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My favorite way to cap off an evening is to go to Blue Ribbon Bakery around midnight or later - when there's not a wait - and get the Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding and cocktails. Sometimes we'll mix it up and get other desserts too, but

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★★★★★

My favorite way to cap off an evening is to go to Blue Ribbon Bakery around midnight or later - when there's not a wait - and get the Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding and cocktails. Sometimes we'll mix it up and get other desserts too, but

Pros: Best NYC Dessert!

Cons: Long waits during prime times

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just called for try to book a brunch for 20...it will be the brunch after my wedding...and this "nice" waiter after I told him the number of people simply replied: "we don't handle this kind of numbers" and just hanged on

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★★★★★

just called for try to book a brunch for 20...it will be the brunch after my wedding...and this "nice" waiter after I told him the number of people simply replied: "we don't handle this kind of numbers" and just hanged on

Cons: arrogant and poor manners

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This place is our "old faithful". We go on friday nights after we are back in the city because they serve dinner until 2am! You almost ALWAYS have to wait for a table (even at 11pm) but we don't mind. The bread is fantastic and we love

3
★★★★★

This place is our "old faithful". We go on friday nights after we are back in the city because they serve dinner until 2am! You almost ALWAYS have to wait for a table (even at 11pm) but we don't mind. The bread is fantastic and we love

Pros: Cozy environment, delicious bread, bread pudding (embrace the carbs!)

Cons: wait can be long during peak hours (over an hour!) Bartender is less than attentive

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I've been going to this restaurant for the last few years, and I thought it was time to write a nice review for it. The waiters, waitresses and hosts manage to blend prompt and attentive service with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

3
★★★★★

I've been going to this restaurant for the last few years, and I thought it was time to write a nice review for it. The waiters, waitresses and hosts manage to blend prompt and attentive service with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Pros: ambience, service, food

Cons: hard to get a table if you go at peak hours

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I know that there are some long-time, successful restaurants that don't take reservations in NYC. That's fine. But why do some restaurants use that as an excuse to lie about how long the wait will take? I came here on a date, which is

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★★★★★

I know that there are some long-time, successful restaurants that don't take reservations in NYC. That's fine. But why do some restaurants use that as an excuse to lie about how long the wait will take? I came here on a date, which is

Pros: I would say the food, but it's overpriced and not worth the wait and attitude problem

Cons: See Pros

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My boyfriend and I went here for dinner tonight and easily could have had a better meal at the McDonald's around the corner. I was so disappointed. We had the pork rilette - mediocre, but edible and the fried chicken and burger both of

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I went here for dinner tonight and easily could have had a better meal at the McDonald's around the corner. I was so disappointed. We had the pork rilette - mediocre, but edible and the fried chicken and burger both of

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This was a lucky walk-in for me. The wait staff is attentive and the food is prepared with fresh ingredients and well presented. Downstairs is the gem. However, I would recommend it for the fall and winter months. The cavernous exposed

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★★★★★

This was a lucky walk-in for me. The wait staff is attentive and the food is prepared with fresh ingredients and well presented. Downstairs is the gem. However, I would recommend it for the fall and winter months. The cavernous exposed

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Blue Ribbon Bakery is the perfect place for a date or for brunch. The downstairs overlooks the breadmaking and you'll notice a warm bread smell. You feel like you are in a country cabin with all of the exposed brick and 'cave like'

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★★★★★

Blue Ribbon Bakery is the perfect place for a date or for brunch. The downstairs overlooks the breadmaking and you'll notice a warm bread smell. You feel like you are in a country cabin with all of the exposed brick and 'cave like'

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I ordered the SHRIMP & GARLIC CHORIZO and MUSHROOM RAVIOLI as an appetizer. Don't get it, it wasn't worth the money. For entree, I had the Filet Mignon and that was simply superb. The meat was tender, the potato latke was crunchy...it was

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★★★★★

I ordered the SHRIMP & GARLIC CHORIZO and MUSHROOM RAVIOLI as an appetizer. Don't get it, it wasn't worth the money. For entree, I had the Filet Mignon and that was simply superb. The meat was tender, the potato latke was crunchy...it was

Pros: the profiteroles for dessert was so amazing, the bread basket

Cons: price!

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If you don't have any experience of restaurants you might, just, accept this miserable excuse of a place. The staff is surly, service is slow, the owner shouts orders to waiters across the place. The wine list has prices ranging from $33

3
★★★★★

If you don't have any experience of restaurants you might, just, accept this miserable excuse of a place. The staff is surly, service is slow, the owner shouts orders to waiters across the place. The wine list has prices ranging from $33

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Need I say more? My meat was actually over-done (I ordered medium rare and it came out to be close to well-done) but as I was telling my husband, the manager walked up to us and asked how our food was. His eyes went straight to my meat,

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★★★★★

Need I say more? My meat was actually over-done (I ordered medium rare and it came out to be close to well-done) but as I was telling my husband, the manager walked up to us and asked how our food was. His eyes went straight to my meat,

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Went there for brunch last weekend with a group of 10. They have a really cool private room that would seat about 8-13 people I would guess. It is in the wine cellar and right by the acutal ovens, which is kind of neat. Our waiter was

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★★★★★

Went there for brunch last weekend with a group of 10. They have a really cool private room that would seat about 8-13 people I would guess. It is in the wine cellar and right by the acutal ovens, which is kind of neat. Our waiter was

Pros: good service, great food

Cons: wait for table

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Everytime I go here I am never disappointed. I need to go more ofthen! Brunch, Lunch or Dinner it is always fantastic. The staff is amazing and super friendly. I couple of weeks ago we went to Supper in the east village and it was so

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★★★★★

Everytime I go here I am never disappointed. I need to go more ofthen! Brunch, Lunch or Dinner it is always fantastic. The staff is amazing and super friendly. I couple of weeks ago we went to Supper in the east village and it was so

Pros: Food, Staff, Food

Cons: price

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I ordered a burger (medium), fries, and a glass of red wine. Glass of wine MIA. Meal came. I went to pick up one half of the burger, burger was so undercooked that the blood had seeped into the bun, the entire bottom of it soaked to

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★★★★★

I ordered a burger (medium), fries, and a glass of red wine. Glass of wine MIA. Meal came. I went to pick up one half of the burger, burger was so undercooked that the blood had seeped into the bun, the entire bottom of it soaked to

Cons: Bad Service, No follow up

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Visited this spot last night for a birthday dinner. A group of 7 was taken care of nicely by our server. For starters the wine by the glass menu is short and weak. I had a few glasses of red and it was average at best. We skipped the

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★★★★★

Visited this spot last night for a birthday dinner. A group of 7 was taken care of nicely by our server. For starters the wine by the glass menu is short and weak. I had a few glasses of red and it was average at best. We skipped the

Pros: server

Cons: bad food, too expensive

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Although I didn't have a bad time by any means, I just felt that for all the hype and the price tag the food should have and could have been a lot better. I had the mushroom ravioli which were very good but the striped bass was greasy and

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★★★★★

Although I didn't have a bad time by any means, I just felt that for all the hype and the price tag the food should have and could have been a lot better. I had the mushroom ravioli which were very good but the striped bass was greasy and

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Time and time again I am amazed with The Bakery. The food and the service are always at perfection. It seems there may be one too many staff members and/or management on the floor but I suppose this is how they always manage to make sure

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★★★★★

Time and time again I am amazed with The Bakery. The food and the service are always at perfection. It seems there may be one too many staff members and/or management on the floor but I suppose this is how they always manage to make sure

Pros: tus far everything

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What is so spectacular about this place? It's hard to pinpoint, but we keep returning about once a month. And we only order the SAME thing on the menu each time - it's hard to stray when the shrimp & bacon hash is so damn good.

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★★★★★

What is so spectacular about this place? It's hard to pinpoint, but we keep returning about once a month. And we only order the SAME thing on the menu each time - it's hard to stray when the shrimp & bacon hash is so damn good.

Pros: The hash, neighborhood, atmosphere

Cons: , the wait on weekends

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Tonight was our first time at BRB. The host was amazingly gracious! The server was only adequate. Loved the room & the windows. The menu was great: tapas, cheeses, comfort dishes. The food did not disappoint - the grilled catfish & steak

3
★★★★★

Tonight was our first time at BRB. The host was amazingly gracious! The server was only adequate. Loved the room & the windows. The menu was great: tapas, cheeses, comfort dishes. The food did not disappoint - the grilled catfish & steak

Pros: Nice ambiance, Great menu

Cons: , No pepper mill

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My group of 12 californians were looking to wine/dine one night and were recommended by many others to check out BR. We were seated in a very cozy and atmospheric cellar. I wasn't in the adventurous mood so i just had their NY Strip

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★★★★★

My group of 12 californians were looking to wine/dine one night and were recommended by many others to check out BR. We were seated in a very cozy and atmospheric cellar. I wasn't in the adventurous mood so i just had their NY Strip

Pros: Ambiance, Cozy, The experience

Cons: Price, Lackofcommondishes

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Despite of the nice menu and the name "bakkery", there is only one choice of sweet dish for brunch: French toasts. I ordered the plain ones but, unfortunatelly, they were not as good as expected: heavy, too sweet and dry.
What a

3
★★★★★

Despite of the nice menu and the name "bakkery", there is only one choice of sweet dish for brunch: French toasts. I ordered the plain ones but, unfortunatelly, they were not as good as expected: heavy, too sweet and dry.
What a

Pros: the place

Cons: french toasts

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The food is typical, but glorified. The ambience is quite nice however. The seating downstairs is very very nice as well - one can actually smell the fresh scent of baked bread while eating there - since the kitchen is right there in

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★★★★★

The food is typical, but glorified. The ambience is quite nice however. The seating downstairs is very very nice as well - one can actually smell the fresh scent of baked bread while eating there - since the kitchen is right there in

Pros: Ambience

Cons: A little pricey

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I've been here several times for Sunday brunch now - (note: it helps if you're a late riser as I find the wait is always reasonable if you show up after 3pm). The food is always tasty and extremely filling. Great bread and coffee too. A

3
★★★★★

I've been here several times for Sunday brunch now - (note: it helps if you're a late riser as I find the wait is always reasonable if you show up after 3pm). The food is always tasty and extremely filling. Great bread and coffee too. A

Pros: Great Brunch, Good Service, Good Food

Cons: Pricey, Crowded

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Finally got to try this place when my parents were in from out of town. I was surprised at the old style basement and the noise level! While quite loud, the food is superb; Had the shrimp with garlic butter, and the goat cheese salad -

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★★★★★

Finally got to try this place when my parents were in from out of town. I was surprised at the old style basement and the noise level! While quite loud, the food is superb; Had the shrimp with garlic butter, and the goat cheese salad -

Pros: service, food

Cons: cost, noise in basement

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After taking an out of town friend for a tour of the city, we looked around for a menu with choices for picky eaters. After being disappointed with the wait at another area restaurant, we found Blue Ribbon. I had heard it was good, but was

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★★★★★

After taking an out of town friend for a tour of the city, we looked around for a menu with choices for picky eaters. After being disappointed with the wait at another area restaurant, we found Blue Ribbon. I had heard it was good, but was

Pros: Bread, service, food

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Okay..$7 for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a chocolate and peanut butter brownie???? If it was outstanding I could see it as a nice change for lunch, but the peanut butter wasn't any better than one you could buy at any grocery

3
★★★★★

Okay..$7 for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a chocolate and peanut butter brownie???? If it was outstanding I could see it as a nice change for lunch, but the peanut butter wasn't any better than one you could buy at any grocery

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I've actually had dreams about the chicken salad sandwich on (freshbaked) country sourdough bread with jarlsberg cheese. Especially on a hot day, the downstairs feels like a cool, candlelit castle - and they'll keep the iced tea coming.

3
★★★★★

I've actually had dreams about the chicken salad sandwich on (freshbaked) country sourdough bread with jarlsberg cheese. Especially on a hot day, the downstairs feels like a cool, candlelit castle - and they'll keep the iced tea coming.

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highly reccommended. get lots of small plates and share. i also once reserved the private wine room downstairs for a party and it was fabulous.

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★★★★★

highly reccommended. get lots of small plates and share. i also once reserved the private wine room downstairs for a party and it was fabulous.

Pros: casual, great wine list

Cons: pricey

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i went to dine here a few times, and every time i felt the food was better... the prices are kinda steep for a college student, but once you get the dessert, it's worht every penny... i would like to recommend either of the bread puddings

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★★★★★

i went to dine here a few times, and every time i felt the food was better... the prices are kinda steep for a college student, but once you get the dessert, it's worht every penny... i would like to recommend either of the bread puddings

Pros: good food

Cons: pricey, small area

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The food here is great and the service is all right. We saw the waitress twice - once to tell us the night's specials and once to take our order. What am I tipping for again? The noise level is WAY too high. Imagine Times Sq at rush

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★★★★★

The food here is great and the service is all right. We saw the waitress twice - once to tell us the night's specials and once to take our order. What am I tipping for again? The noise level is WAY too high. Imagine Times Sq at rush

Pros: Decor, Good Food, Good Location

Cons: Noisy, Crowded

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The first two choices of wine wasn't in stock. We finally got one recommended. It was okay. The waiter ended up charging us for the wrong wine. I got the herring in cream. It was okay. Tasted like the ones you get in a jar. They probably

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★★★★★

The first two choices of wine wasn't in stock. We finally got one recommended. It was okay. The waiter ended up charging us for the wrong wine. I got the herring in cream. It was okay. Tasted like the ones you get in a jar. They probably

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The space was cramped, the server was slow and seemed almost annoyed that our group of 7 was even in the restaurant. The foie gras was decent, but the desserts, especially the Banana Walnut Bread Pudding, were great.

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★★★★★

The space was cramped, the server was slow and seemed almost annoyed that our group of 7 was even in the restaurant. The foie gras was decent, but the desserts, especially the Banana Walnut Bread Pudding, were great.

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Full disclosure ... I love the original Blue Ribbon restaurant. Unfortunately, this place pales in comparison. Sure the breads are great, and the menu extensive, but in general the preparation is fairly boring and the taste mediocre.

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★★★★★

Full disclosure ... I love the original Blue Ribbon restaurant. Unfortunately, this place pales in comparison. Sure the breads are great, and the menu extensive, but in general the preparation is fairly boring and the taste mediocre.

Pros: Great breads

Cons: boring good

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Tucked away on a cute West Village corner, Blue Ribbon Bakery is noisy in a good way. People cram in here at all hours, but somehow it never takes too long to get a table. Wall-to-wall windows and mirrors on the…

 

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