How is Hot & Crusty?
Is it just one of those Au Bon Pain kind of places, with nothing much to rave about?
I stayed in Manhattan for a week last December. My friend and I went to the Hot & Crusty on Broadway, probably around 90th street or so, every day for breakfast. We didn't eat very much there, granted, but we loved what we had (enough to walk 15 blocks or so, past other restaurants and diners).
Probably depends on what you get. I hate most of the pastries at ABP, and I really like the danishes at H&C.
Probably depends also on the location. The one near Lincoln Center doesn't seem so good, but I like the one on B'way just above 86th.
I live near the Lincoln Center H&C. Never buy anything there--except--the seeded rye. It's outstanding. Really. Better than what I get at Fairway or Zabar's. Go figure.
I pass by various Hot & Crusty branches a minimum of twice a day.
I recently finally gave in an decided to try one of the peach tarts that always look so delicious in the window of the 86th & Lex branch.
Awful. Absolutely awful. Mushy crust. Fruit slices a little too sour and bitter. Rest of the filling also not very good.
They may have other goods that are good, but I'm afraid to try them now.
Typical Europa/Pax type of place with subpar food but decent enough if you are in a pinch or if it's right below your office or something like that. I wouldn't go out of my way.