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Payard Patisserie & Bistro

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1032 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10021 40.771598 -73.961377
nr. 73rd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-717-5252 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Dessert / Ice Cream Shop, French
  • Price Range: $$$

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    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    6 out of 10

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Official Website

payard.com

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 77th St.

Prices

$28-$34

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Great Desserts
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Romantic
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

This venue is closed.

François Payard must pay Philippe Bertineau in gold bars or know some dark, ghastly secret about the man, because it is astonishing that this gentle-mannered, unassuming yet undeniably gifted chef has remained in the kitchen at Payard Patisserie since its inception. Bertineau's sautéed rouget with Persian-cucumber rémoulade, potato tourte layered with goat's-milk brie, sautéed skate with curried cauliflower purée, and braised leg with trumpet mushroom-stuffed loin of rabbit are first and second courses that wonderfully match the artistry of Payard's universally touted thirds. It is easily one of the best meals you can have on the Upper East Side.

Prix-Fixe

Pre-theater menu,  5:45 p.m.—6:45 p.m., three-courses, $37; five-course tasting menu, $72; with wine, $112; six-course menu for two that includes a signed copy of François Payard's cookbook, $174; with wine, $268.

Le Thé
Mon.—Sat., 3:30 p.m.—5 p.m. Includes a selection of miniature sandwiches, scones and madeleines, and miniature pastries.

Kids Cakes
The revered confections shop produces sumptuous customized children's cakes in a range of flavors, topped with exquisite, hand-crafted marzipan figures (like Winnie-the-Pooh).

Wedding Cakes
Payard’s bakery makes wedding cakes that are customized to match a couple’s personal aesthetic. There are four fillings for the classic tiered cakes, including Opéra (almond génoise soaked in espresso syrup layered with coffee buttercream and chocolate ganache) and Sacher (chocolate ganache and raspberry preserve), for $10 per serving.

Recommended Dishes

Terrine of foie gras, $22; bouillabaisse, $32

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