Chez Le Chef
Nearby Subway Stops
6 at 28th St.
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
- Brunch - Daily
- Brunch - Weekend
- Great Desserts
- Live Music
- Private Dining/Party Space
- Tea Time
- Beer and Wine Only
23rd St. to 34th St., FDR Dr. to Broadway
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.
Tax and a 15% gratuity are automatically added to all bills.
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.
New York style cheese cake, $4.75; chocolate ganache tart, $5.25
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