A really awesome little bakery
I've been to Amy's several times, whenever I'm in the area around breakfast time. They have the most amazing little pastries, and it's always a treat to come and get a mocha and a bite to eat before getting on with the day. It feels like a nice, homey little place that's always serene and relaxing. Also, they make great scones (most places don't seem to know how to get them right).
Amy's Bread in Chelsea Market
We are back in Chelsea Market because quite frankly, there is alot to see there! I just couldn't fit everything in one or two posts. Amy's Bread is a wonderful bakery/bread store. They have a few locations in the city...one being in Chelsea Market and it is a must visit:
it is usually pretty busy and there are not a whole lot of seats inside
wonderful cakes and cookies await you.....
what I really love is you can watch the bread making from the open windows
lots and lots of breads are made daily
as much as I love to bake, bread isn't something I have tried
seems like quite a long process
and this place is serious about bread making
their location in the village on bleecker street....do stop by for a bite in Amy's Bread
Chelsea Market Adventures: Amy’s Bread ham & cheddar biscuit
Yes, I just went grocery shopping, and yes, I work across the street from Chelsea Market, but I trekked there today anyway for a little get-out-of-bed Sunday adventure. I awoke this morning with my stomach grumbling for a savory breakfast, so I headed straight to the Market’s Amy’s Bread where the sandwich selection is right up my alley – pre-mades with a variety of breads, cheeses, and meats in all shapes (from rolls to skinny baguettes) and sizes (from mini to massive). I generally go for the hummus veggie on wheat or the mozzarella and tomato on olive bread, but today I pointed right to the ham and cheese biscuit enticingly glistening in the display case. The second the server relinquished control, I took it out of the bag and chomped right into it. The verdict? Thick-cut ham sandwiched between two slices of sharp cheddar and a cheddar-speckled biscuit feels like a brick in my stomach, but is pretty hard to beat on a day that launches in hunger. The biscuit is perfectly doughy, warm and crisp on the outside, and the little nugget of a sandwich is thankfully easy to eat. It may just be my new favorite.
Amy’s Bread: Ham and Butter Sandwich
pure buttery goodness
I rarely eat pork, but every other month a sporadic hankering for the elegant simplicity of a ham, butter, and cornichon baguette consumes me and all bets are off. Nothing close to this sandwich – ham and mayo, turkey and butter, or ham and cheese – can quell the hunger. If the craving arises, I rush to the nearest French cafe with the unadulterated classic, which is often hard to find. I was fortunate enough that the sandwich hunger hit me today just as I was passing Amy’s Bread, my favorite bakery in the city. Amy’s offers a wide selection of gorgeous pre-made sandwiches, but nothing could stop me from zooming in on the very last ham and butter and claiming it as my own (after purchasing of course).
isn't she a beaut?
This straight forward French classic consists of just four ingredients, but horrible renditions are made more often than not. A fresh, crusty French baguette is key, and of course best from the native country, but possible to find at select bakeries in NY (Amy’s, Bouchon, sometimes Whole Foods). The next piece is the butter – no half ass table butter. You need the straight-from-the-cow, room temperature, creamy, saltless butter. The ham of course must be fresh and slightly thicker than the average deli slice, and the cornichons about double the thickness of the meat.
classic ham sandwich display
Had I eaten the Amy’s Bread sandwich a few hours earlier, I would have given it a perfect score. But after a few hours of sitting out the bread need a little grill warmth to get it back to form. Regardless, it still did quite the job of satisfying my twice a year craving that never fails to come out of no where. It may have even been good enough to ignite the craving more often.
Amy’s Bread: Chocolate Cherry Bread
I rarely write about a single item, but when I’m that impressed, the world (slash my several loyal readers) need to know. So it’s Friday night, I left work around 7pm and after a rushed minute gym session I decided to search for food in Chelsea market to launch into my evening hanging solo at mi casa. After weeks of travel, and before another trip to California coming up this Sunday, I am looking forward to nothing more than doing absolutely nothing. After strolling through each little shop ravenous, I stopped into Amy’s Bread to explore the carb options given my sudden withdrawal after my week of bread baskets. There in the display lay three dark brown, soft, chocolatey rolls calling my name. I hadn’t eaten dinner, and I hadn’t had a sip of water at the gym, but something convinced me that buying the cherry-chocolate roll and eating it in the store in my gym clothes was acceptable.
These rolls are the ultimate sweet and bitter, earthy chocolate treat. Amy’s knows just how to make a luxurious dough – perfectly dense, fluffy, and soft to encase slightly melted chunks of high quality dark chocolate and juicy plump dried cherries. One bite of this is heaven. Less rich than a brioche or a croissant, I’d take this over France’s pain au chocolate any day.
Amy’s Bread is a Bakery that specializes in big loaves of bread and custom bakery confections. They are located at 75 9th Ave between 15th St & 16th St in Chelsea near the Meatpacking District in New York and they are conveniently open early for the early birds. They offer a wide selection for any type of taste buds but some of the popular baked goods to get here is their almond brioche toast which is light and fluffy dough that is sprinkled with slivered almonds. Another fan favorite is the cinnamon Challah knot which is like a cinnamon roll without the dense sugar. The atmosphere is a casual bakery and the decorations are minimal, the sweet workers here focus on providing you the highest quality of products that they don't have time to decorate. The service here is fantastic and always consistent in quality. Overall this is a great place to get bread for the day or rest of the week without spending much money at all.