Au Bon Pain is one of those New York City lunch mainstays like Chop’t and Pret A Manger. It’s quick, it’s light food, and that means it’s just what busy New Yorkers need during the lunch rush hour. I mean assuming you’re not a wealthy executive who can take 2-hour long lunches at places like Gramercy Tavern…I’m not talking about you!
They serve mainly cafe and bakery food, and their menus vary between location (and there are quite a lot around the city). You can find bakery items like croissants, muffins, and bagels; breakfast items like breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, and scrambled eggs; cold and hot sandwiches; wraps; soups; and salads.
There are separate stations depending on what you want to order. There’s a sandwich area, where you choose off large menus on the wall and someone assembles your order, a soup area that is self-serve, and then shelves where you can grab pastries.
I don’t come here too often, since it’s more of a destination when you’re in a hurry rather than a place you can sit and enjoy the ambience, but when I do I get the half soup and half sandwich option.
I find the soups to be much more flavorful and delicious than the fairly average sandwich options. I’ve tried the butternut squash and apple soup before, but last time I got broccoli cheddar and I really enjoyed it.
Don’t expect any culinary revelations here, but if you work nearby an Au Bon Pain, it’s an easy, quick option for lunch.
Broccoli cheese soup, chipotle turkey and avocado sandwich
10 Union Sq E
New York, NY 10003