Rainbow bakery is a chain of Chinese bakeries. The specific location that I visited is a place of some notoriety. Within a couple of days of opening, an incidence of road rage caused a care to crash through the entrance into the bakery, destroying the business. Below is a news report on the incident.
It’s been a few months since then and Rainbow Bakery has renovated (again) and reopened. I felt the need to give some patronage given their past misfortune.
The first thing I noticed upon browsing is that the prices here are very competitive. This location is in downtown Flushing and there are a lot of Chinese bakeries here competing against each other. The prices of common items that each bakery produces is equal or even lesser than what I’ve seen in other local Chinese bakeries.
The quality is also equal or better. I had a cheese tart and a pork floss roll. Both were very good. Specifically, the cheese tart was like eating a very dense, cheesecake flavored foam. The pork floss roll was done slightly differently than other bakeries, but was about as good as you’d find elsewhere.
Overall, this place is great. It’s equal or slightly better than the other bakeries in the area. Additionally, they also had a menu in the back of cook to order dishes, dim sum, and some made to order desserts as well. I didn’t try any of those, but they looked good.
The Patisserie is located just outside the entrance to the Aria hotel rooms and as such, is the most convenient place to get something to eat if you’re staying in the Aria. It’s also likely the cheapest place to get something quick to eat.
In regards to the hours of this place, the left hand side which handles the individual items on display (sandwiches, croissants, that sort of thing) is open twenty-four hours I think. The right hand side handles bigger items like cakes and is open only during normal business hours… I think.
I came by right before heading to the airport and got a ham and cheese on croissant. Pretty damn good though it cost around ten dollars. It had some kind of spread on it that was delicious.
Overall, this place is convenient, relatively cheap, and most importantly, fast. It’s not a destination spot, but a necessary spot for anyone staying at the Aria.
Details: Located at 875 Third Avenue, Concourse level, New York, NY 10022. Official site is http://itavolo.com/
Itavolo is another lunch place primarily catering to office workers in the area. It’s in the bottom level food court inside a building. You can get there from that buildings lobby down an escalator or through an entrance leading into the nearby subway stop.
Got this as a gift a while back and finally got around to eating it. It’s pretty good. Most importantly is the packaging. I’ve realized that any crappy thing can be an amazing gift if you put enough effort into the packaging and they’ve certainly done that here.
The main sell of Matto is that everything here costs two dollars before tax. Everything. Coffee, baked goods, etc. The location I went to was nice, though there’s no place to sit. I tried a feta cheese filled pastry that I can’t remember the name of and a whole wheat croissant sandwich with egg and other stuff in it. Both were okay.
You need to keep in mind that every product is sized to the price of two dollars. For example, they have bagels with smoked salmon, but they’re tiny. Also, I came by around eleven and you could taste that the food had sat there for a while. It made me a little sick.
Overall, this place is fine for some cheap breakfast. I think I prefer one of the many breakfast food carts around the city over Matto though.