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Chez Le Chef

127 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016 40.742948 -73.982178
nr. 29th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-685-1888 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Cafes, Dessert / Ice Cream Shop, Eclectic/Global, French, German/Austrian
  • Price Range: $$

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Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 28th St.

Prices

$11-$21

Payment Methods

Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch - Daily
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Delivery
  • Great Desserts
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Romantic
  • Take-Out
  • Tea Time
  • Catering

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

23rd St. to 34th St., FDR Dr. to Broadway

Profile

This venue is closed.

Enter Chez le Chef and you enter the domain of Chef Frédéric Piepenburg, European-trained pastry chef, easily recognizable by his thick white muttonchop whiskers and handlebar mustache. It's hard to take it all in. To your right is a revolving display of enticing pastries. Between the tags for chocolate "ganache tart" and "diabetic moka mousse cup" are exhortations to "Eat what's in Season!" Just ahead, there's another deli-like display case crammed full of gingerbread houses, baguette sandwiches, coq au vin, Hungarian goulash in plastic containers, marizipan delicacies, and croissants. The chef's talent for sweets and baked goods make Chez le Chef a better choice for breakfast and brunch than for dinner. The French toast is sweet—showered with cinnamon sugar—but not very eggy. The savory menu covers all terrains, from France (Croque Monsieur and Madame, paté, Nicoise salad) to Germany (herring and potato salads) to Italy (gnocchi Florentine), with a brief stop in Hungary (goulash) and Thailand (beef stew). It all supports the theory that when a pastry chef is cooking, you're better off with his cheesecake.

Extra

Reservations are required for dinner after 9pm and for brunch on weekends, noon–3 p.m.

Note
Tax and a 15% gratuity are automatically added to all bills.

Catering
Special birthday or wedding cakes, large catering orders, and a special delivered breakfast in bed for two are all available, but must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance.

Recommended Dishes

New York style cheese cake, $4.75; chocolate ganache tart, $5.25

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