By Terry Trucco
It’s not just the start of spring. Saturday March 21 doubles as National French Bread Day. (It’s also National Puppy Day this year, but never mind).
A great baguette (crisp on the outside, full of holes on the inside) is worth celebrating, or so believes the French-inflected Sofitel New York.
For one day, guests are given a cheddar-truffle pretzel at check-in and a croissant at check-out. But anyone can stop by the private dining room at Gaby, the hotel’s French brasserie, which morphs into a boulangerie overseen by the Bordeaux-born executive chef Sylvain Harribey. Choose from 15 strains of French bread and French pastries, all baked on the premises as the name boulangerie indicates — chocolate croissants, semolina batards, mini olive pockets, caraway salts, mini Black Russians, tabatiers, raisin walnut crisp breads and of course, baguettes, to name a few.
Just as appealing is the price (and the cause). Everything costs $1 apiece with proceeds going to City Harvest, the non-profit organization that collects unused food from hotels and restaurants and feeds more than 1.4 million New Yorkers each year.