There will soon be as many Maison Kayser than there are Starbucks in the City! It is as if they were opening one in each corner of New York. Not that I am complaining, this place being delicious, serving fantastic bread (they won the title of Best Baguette in NYC recently), succulent pastries and viennoiseries (croissants, chocolate croissants, etc), as well as some pretty decent food. So we decided to go on a Sunday for lunch, before celebrated my birthday for dinner. So yes, we limited a bit what we ate as we knew we would have a feast (well, mainly me considering we were going to a steakhouse), but, as you will see, we had quite a few items…Here is what we had:
For beverages, besides coffee (incl. espresso that they serve with a mini-financier), they propose a nice selection of juices, like grapefruit or, for the more adventurous, apple and cucumber, the later giving a nice green color as well as some freshness.
For the main dishes, they have plenty to offer: from their viennoiseries and bread mentioned above, to the salads and tartness, with few classics like the salade Nicoise (a provencal dish) or the well known croque monsieur. We decided to go for eggs, Jodi choosing the asparagus scrambled eggs (asperges oeufs brouilles) that were scrambled eggs with truffled green asparagus (I wish my mom put truffle oil when making asparagus when I was a kid…) and gruyere cheese on sourdough. It was pretty good, the eggs being perfectly made (understand: not dry), but the sourdough bread was a bit tough to cut with the knife (knife problem? Maybe).
On my side, I tried their oeuf cocotte Parisienne that is a poached egg with mushrooms, ham, béchamel sauce and a toast with gruyere. I was surprised at first because it was small (in fact, oeuf in French means egg and it was without an “s” so I could have guessed there was only one…). But it was quite rich and I just wished the egg was runny (it was overcooked). I loved it: it was cheesy, creamy, with a nice smokiness from the bacon. I definitely recommend this.
Last was dessert: you cannot miss dessert in a place like that! Jodi tried their chocolate financier that was more like a chocolate cake and missed the texture of a financier as I know it. On my side, I got the raspberry tart, thinking that I needed my portion of fruit for the day…
Overall, we had a great meal at Maison Kayser: it is a good place to know if you’d like a classic brunch or want to eat some French delicacies.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Maison Kayser - 400 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018