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Best Salad Bar

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Hot chocolate and pretzel croissants may be City Bakery‘s bread and butter, but don’t overlook the salad bars in the back — they provide a daily greenmarket feast fast disappearing from Union Square. After 11 a.m., bypass the bakery counter and pile a plate with seasonal vegetable dishes, like sweet potatoes and pineapple, crunchy jalapeño cabbage slaw, bow-tie pasta studded with mushrooms, and jicama salad. Nest in sweetly battered fried chicken legs or pretzel chicken ladled with house-made grain mustard. On Sundays the kitchen hauls out the lox, which makes this a good place for a low-key brunch.

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