It’s the future of outsourcing: The flaky pastries and ciabatta breads at this Japanese sandwicherie are kneaded and shaped by robots—high-tech kitchen equipment manufactured by Asian company Rheon, and displayed here. Thankfully, you’ll find living, breathing humans behind the marble counter, filling sandwiches with rich ingredients like smoked salmon and sweet miso cream cheese, or Cajun chicken with a pungent guacamole. The desserts alone justify a visit: Bring a chocolate-and-almond-speckled minicroissant or a buttery cinnamon roll to the small courtyard in the back and appreciate the wonders of modern technology.
|Venue name:||Rheon Cafe||Contact:|
189 Spring St
|Cross street:||between Sullivan and Thompson Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 7:30am–8pm; Sat 8am–9pm|
|Transport:||Subway: C, E to Spring St|
|Price:||Average sandwich: $8. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|