Panera Bread Adds Manhattan Bakery Cafes

by - 6/23/2012 02:10:00 PM

I recently headed over to the east side of Manhattan to meet Victoria of Veep Veep who partnered with Panera Bread and invited a group of bloggers to the newly opened East 86th Street location, where we could sample the menu, learn more about the cafes and Panera Bread plans to expand with more stores.

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While snacking on a menu samples of sandwiches, salads and flavorful ice tea, I learned that Panera Bread cafes aims to have high-quality food.

Their breads are made FRESH daily with a baker who come into the store super early in the morning to prepare everything for when the store opens. Along with the bread, the cafes aim to keep all their food and drink offering freshly made. As I looked around the store I noticed that even the coffee is made fresh and labeled accordingly.

The options on the menus include something for everyone including organic and vegetarians

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Meals are made to order and freshly prepared as requested by some of the friendless staff I've ever met. Which is great since this Panera Bread East 86th Street location offering table service. You place your order, receive a niffy table device and a server will bring your meal to you when it's ready.

After enjoying a meal you can take a moment to surf the net or check email because Panera Bread has free wifi access available.While other cafe who also offer wifi can be crowded, this location has ample room with 2 floors (main and lower level) that has cozy section great for friends sharing a meal or mother sharing a treat with a child. Panera Bread has a kids menu!

With so much to offer Panera Bread will continue expanding into Manhattan with the opening of its 3rd bakery-cafe to be located on 5th Avenue between 39th and 40th Streets and in the coming months, an additional bakery-cafe located in Union Square.

Panera’s loyalty program MyPanera will also be offered so that Manhattan customers can enjoy rewards including complimentary products, invitations to special events and access to special recipes and communications. All of the Manhattan bakery-cafes will support City Harvest through the Company’s Day-End Dough-Nation™ program and the Community Breadbox™ program.

For more information on these initiatives, please visit

Please Note: I was invited as media and received a gift card after the event. No other compensation was received. Views expressed are always 100% my own.

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