Tucked away in the lobby of a 1920s-era Tribeca office building hides a nondescript French eatery that goes by the name Arcade Bakery. The brainchild of world-renowned pastry chef Roger Gural, who’s extensive resume includes two years as head baker at Thomas Keller’s famous Bouchon Bakery in Napa Valley, Arcade Bakery opened its hallway-window-turned-storefront, spontaneously in May 2014.
Despite Gural’s decision to seek no initial press and have only a miniature plaque bearing the bakery’s name on the façade of 220 Church Street, the news of this secret Tribeca eatery permeated New York City. Offering mouthwatering on-the-go treats like buttery croissants and deliciously flavored babka, to savory sandwiches on fresh French baguettes and made-to-order miniature pizzas, available only between noon and 2pm, Arcade Bakery should be atop everyone’s list. Having just re-opened after a Spring Break hiatus, Gural’s lunchtime hangout is a must go for a delectable weekday excursion.