Mon-Fri, 7am-7pm; Sat, 9am-6pm; Sun, closed
4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
9th St. to 14th St., Third Ave. to University Pl.
The back story at this petite takeout spot involves an American culinary student and a French butcher who met in Paris. After marrying and moving to New York, the couple opened this quaint café, stamping it with their last name. The fare is French-influenced, divided between daily soups, specialty sandwiches, salads, and sweeter treats. Sandwiches, available grilled, feature creative combinations like spice-rubbed roast pork, topped with provolone and sweet and sour cabbage on a grainy semolina, raisin, and fennel roll. Almonds and chunks of green apple enliven the golden chicken curry salad. Quiches are airy, made with local ingredients that shift daily. A savory strudel mixes goat cheese with the hearty flavor of mushrooms. Fair-trade coffees, cappuccinos, and chai accompany decadent chocolate-chip cookies and s’mores—oatmeal cookies laced with marshmallow. The space is tiny, with just fourteen wicker chairs arranged around small tables beneath wire-rimmed mirrors and pale green walls. Retro maps of the New York subway and France reference the owners’ story near the front counter, and a familial atmosphere pervades – like staff dropping off hot chocolate offering, “Just let us know if that’s not chocolaty enough.”Recommended Dishes
Egg sandwich, $3.50