Landbrot shows us how to live the German good life
Our favorite bakeries fulfill a different need for every time of day.
Landbrot, a superb new German bakery and café in the West Village, accomplishes this effortlessly. And, because a Lower East Side location is imminent, all-day satisfaction is now guaranteed for both sides of the island.
Morning: Start with a fat-bottomed mug of café au lait ($2) as you cradle your double-crusted rye loaf ($12 whole, $3.50 quarter) The jelly-filled Berliners ($3.25) are tempting, but skip them in favor of poppy-seed-packed pastry loops ($3).
Noon: Two words: Cheesy pretzels. There are more classic versions available, but we make a beeline for the cheese-pretzel pockets (all pretzels $3). Then we ask for ours buttered to square the dairy deliciousness. Complete snack time with a bottle of Possmans Sparkling Apfel juice ($2.50) or Almdudler Sparkling Lemonade ($2) in a cheery red can.
Night: Bring on plates of buttered and pan-fried schnitzel served on kaiser rolls ($10.50) and a brat ($8) served with sauerkraut, spicy mustard and plum ketchup. Drink beer from Bavarian microbrewery Höss (Landbrot is the only place in the U.S. serving it on draft), while you dine in the second-floor loft and then get a growler to-go.
Landbrot West Village: 137 Seventh Ave. S. (between Charles and W. 10th sts.); 212-255-7300 or landbrotbakery.com
Landbrot Lower East Side (stay tuned for opening date): 185 Orchard St. (between E. Houston and Stanton sts.); 212-260-2900 or landbrotbakery.com
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