By Christine Gritmon
The Corner Bakery franchise may have nearly 200 locations nationwide, but each location endeavors to feel like a local neighborhood café. Fresh, delicious food and a comfortable environment (including an outdoor patio) have already made the outpost at The Shops at Nanuet a welcome part of the community.
Corner Bakery is what’s known as “fast casual,” combining elements of fast food and casual dining restaurants. Orders placed at the register are then delivered to the table by waitstaff. Food is prepared fresh to order and can be easily customized to accommodate dietary needs and preferences.
Breakfast is available all day, alongside a selection of sandwiches, panini, salads, pastas, soups and sweets. Corner Bakery also prides itself on its selection of “100 combos under 600 calories” which mix and match a variety of all of them.
“Extremely craveable,” says David Damato, VP of Operations for Parikh Network, the Nanuet franchisee.
Breakfast classics such as pancakes and cinnamon-swirled brioche French toast are joined by popular fresh-made egg “scramblers,” such as the Anaheim Scrambler with applewood smoked bacon, tomatoes, green onions, cheddar cheese and avocado. For lunch, the best-selling Chicken Pomodori Panini has all-natural roasted chicken, fresh basil, spinach, oven-roasted tomatoes and provolone cheese with pesto mayo.
Pastas are smothered in sauces such as creamy pesto, carbonara and marinara, and mixed with chicken and other ingredients for satisfying, rib-sticking meals that aren’t just sides. A grownup three-cheese mac and cheese is topped with toasted bread crumbs; applewood smoked bacon and diced tomatoes can be added for a little extra kick. Salads also eat like a meal, incorporating mix-ins such as chicken, avocados, nuts and fruit. For dessert, bakery best-sellers include Cinnamon Crème Cake, Monster Cookie (M&Ms, chips), and Mini Bundt Cakes, which rotate flavors seasonally.
“It is corporate, but we try to keep it from feeling corporate,” says Damato. “We like it to feel like your local little café/bakery.”
Where to eat at The Shops At Nanuet
Fairway Market: Rockland’s first Fairway Market will be similar to the chain’s other locations, with more than 600 artisanal cheeses, hundreds of olive oils, a wide variety of imported foods and an on-site cafe with seats for 75. www.fairwaymarket.com.
CUPS Frozen Yogurt: Nonfat frozen yogurt with flavors like honey lavender, apple pie, pumpkin and blueberry acai. Colorful and quirky decor, makes you feel like a kid in a candy shop. www.cupsfrozenyogurt.com.
Bonefish Grill: A chain that originated in Florida and specializes in market-fresh fish and other wood-grilled specialties, like filet mignon and Kobe beef burgers. There is a full bar with craft beer, specialty bourbons and cocktails like the Spiked Blackberry Elixir, Blood Orange Paloma, Raspberry Vodka Collins and Classic Sidecar. 845-624-3760, www.bonefishgrill.com.
Teavana: Part tea bar, part tea emporium. Teavana is a retailer that specializes in loose leaf teas, custom tea blends, infusers and kettles. www.teavana.com.
Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar: Gourmet burgers, milkshakes and wine pairings. The restaurant offers a full bar with cocktails, 18 wines by glass and 17 beer selections. www.zinburgernj.com.
Sur la Table: This isn’t a restaurant, but certainly a go-to for any local gourmands. A cooking retail shop with appliances, tools and gadgets for home chefs. There are also cooking classes, held on site in their kitchen. Visit their website for a class schedule. 845-624-3982, www.surlatable.com.
And opening soon at The Shops at Nanuet:
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: Somewhere between a sports bar and a brew pub, BJ’s offers popular deep dish pizzas, salads, sandwiches, pastas, steaks and baby back ribs. Drink menu includes their own eight regular beers on tap, plus several seasonal beers. There is also a long list of wines and varieties of martinis, margaritas, mojitos and other specialty cocktails. www.bjsbrewhouse.com.
P.F. Chang’s: Asian-inspired dishes in an upscale, casual setting. There will be a full bar and a seasonal specials menu. www.pfchangs.com.
If you go …
Corner Bakery, The Shops at Nanuet, 75 Route 59, Nanuet. 845-627-0200, www.cornerbakerycafe.com. Hours: 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.
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