223 1st Ave
(between 13th St & 14th St)
New York, NY 10003
This is the best oatmeal raisin cookie I have ever had. I discovered this gem of a bakery right on 14th and 1st ave. The bakery happens to be the little sister to City Bakery, a bakery known for its pretzel croissants and chocolate chip cookies. You should definitely try the pretzel croissant if you haven’t already. The little cubes of salt stuck to the croissant give ever other bite just a little something extra. Though the last time I had a City bakery cookie, I could still taste the baking soda… Not a good thing.
Birdbath, on the other hand, serves the most delicious chewy-but-slightly-crisp-on-the-edges oatmeal raisin cookies. Buttery, light, and laced with crack! -jk- and bursting with a wholesome oatie and cinnamonie flavor… This cookie is unrivaled. They load the cookie with oats so you really get that chunky texture. They only throw in a few raisins here and there to add a bit of sweetness. And if you’re lucky enough, you’ll get a piece with a slightly crisp/burnt raisin. Mmm!! The cookie is not too thin or too thick… Can you tell I am in love? Tried their chocolate cookie with white chocolate chunks and was not a fan. Too thick and crumbly. Get the oatmeal.
This is the description from their website:
“Birdbath Neighborhood Green Bakery is the little sister of City Bakery, and one of the most eco-friendly food businesses on earth. Birdbath serves food that’s made from organic materials, is regionally grown, and seasonal. The bakeries are built from recycled, found, vintage, or sustainable materials. Birdbath is wind-powered, and all of the food is delivered from our main kitchen in bicycle-powered rickshaws. We also give discounts to any customer who arrives by bike, or even skateboard. Birdbath offers breakfast and lunch to go, with desserts and specialty drinks, seven days a week.”
Bicycle powered rickshaws? The word “rickshaw” all of a sudden sounds so fancy. These green places really do try hard. I guess it makes sense because there are so many great bakeries in New York; you have to differentiate yourself somehow. When I have my own restaurant, I’m going to deliver with motor powered cars.