Pastry pro François Payard makes his first foray into the downtown restaurant scene with this casual bakery and café. The menu includes sandwiches made with the chef’s signature breads, simple salads and, of course, pastries. A glass wall lets customers watch as bakers prepare items like croissants, beignets and seasonal fruit tarts in the spacious open kitchen; stay and eat in the airy, industrial dining room, or grab items to go.
116 W Houston St
|Cross street:||between Sullivan and Thompson Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 7am–9pm; Fri, Sat 7am–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: B, D, F, M to Broadway–Lafayette St; C, E to Spring St|
|Price:||Average menu item: $7. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|