Ever since Eli Zabar’s closed on 75th an Madison avenue this past December, I was faced with quiet a challenge. This challenge was where I would go to get my daily cup of coffee and food for the day. Then, I found Maison Kayser and I swear the portals to heaven opened up.
Maison Kayser is the first bakery in NYC by French pastry chef Eric Kayser. It is located on 74th and 3rd avenue and is well worth the walk. All the waiters wear matching striped shirts, as they serve up crusty baguettes and cheesy french onion soups. It has the total Parisian vibe while being smack in the middle of NYC. The whole restaurant has a sweet pastry-like aroma which is refreshing in a city with some unpleasant smells.
Ok- so you’re in Kayser, you sit down at a table, and then you are faced with the hardest question of all, What to order? I would definitely recommend their cappuccinos (the iced are really yummy and the hot ones come with a tiny piece of cake). What to eat? When in doubt ALWAYS get a pastry. They are so, so delicious and worth every single calorie. They have these croissant-like pasty’s called Pliets, filled with chocolate and custard which are a best seller. All their breads are so good too. They have the bakers making the bread in the back of the restaurant, so if you get a chance go take a look! FINALLY, if you’re in a hurry and have no time to sit down, they have a take out counter right next door. It’s basically heaven on 3rd avenue, I know.
If you don’t feel like taking my recommendation and would rather slobber over your computer screen instead, then below are some pictures I took at Kayser in the past week… enjoy!