Spend Date Night at an Artisanal Bakery and a Neighborhood Throwback Spot in the Meatpacking District
It seems like bread is back in vogue, with artisan bakeries popping up all over the city. Fabrique, in the Meatpacking District, is a wildly popular Swedish import known for its sourdough bread and cardamom and cinnamon buns. Serving up ham and cheese croissants—but with mustard (genius!?)—sweet buns, and duh, super good bread, anything these award-winning bakers pull out of the oven is probably worth the calories. Their famous bun—a kardemummabullar—is a gooey and dense pastry similar to a cinnamon bun. The bakery is small with a minimalist look, more of a grab and go—or perch on the bar—spot. In crust we trust.
Once you’ve suitably filled yourself with doughy goodness, take a casual stroll down Hudson Street to Hudson Cafe, the kind of place that feels like New York circa 1950 and somewhere probably only the people that live in the 3 block radius know about. With sidewalk seating and wine or beer available by the glass, it’s a true gem for people-watching or reliving your earlier bakery win. The space is simple—almost Parisian—with its tiny tables and white tiled flooring. The small team that works here are some of the friendliest people you’ll meet, too. Just blend in like a local.
48 W 14th Street, Manhattan
628 Hudson Street, Manhattan