I can’t promise you a Houska House or a Pumpernickel Pub, but I can follow my report on Croissanteria with one on Baguette Bar.
And considering that the city is full of places like Popover Café, it could soon very well have a restaurant named for every bread and roll.
The bar is about to roll out its Signature Sandwiches, which are based on five of its most successful combinations.
The categorization may be challenging, but the concept is simple. The appeal of the simplicity is nicely explained by a comment on Yelp: “Cool New place downtown and its open super late! Perfect for when you’re really drunk and need something to eat…”
Just weeks ago the Baguette Bar space was a storeroom for Pink Elephant, the glittery new club whose entrance is around the corner on West Eighth Street. The club’s owner set up his brother, Ben Nahmani, and Ben’s friend Zachi Ozery as baguette baristas.
The idea came from places that sell comparable food in Israel. The furnishings came from a nearby defunct delicatessen. The location is the MacDougal Street corner of the regenerating West Eighth Street, just across from the appealingly simple Sticky’s Finger Joint.
The sandwiches, besides being panini-style, are also kosher-style, which means that the corned beef and pastrami are better than what you get at the diner. And they’re toasted not once but twice, the second time with an olive-oil glaze that Zachi says makes for “a much more nice taste.”
“Now,” he says, “I want people to recognize this product, and we’ll be able to open more.”
I’ll let you know when they do.
I’ll also let you know about the Brioche Boîte and the Sourdough Saloon.Belly up to Baguette Bar, 179 MacDougal Street, near West Eighth Street, in New York City.