Le Pain Quotidien

Restaurants, Belgian Upper East Side
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This charming Belgian chain, a bread-lover’s heaven, is a comfy all-day hangout. Groups of girlfriends meet to gossip and splurge on pastries, couples swap newspaper sections over coffee, and solo diners strike up conversations at huge communal wooden tables. Breakfast offerings are simple—frothy café au lait; baskets of rustic European breads, croissants and brioche; soft-boiled eggs; granola-yogurt parfaits. Come lunchtime, there’s a long list of salads and intriguing open-faced sandwiches, including egg salad with capers and bracingly salty anchovies, and smoked salmon sprinkled with dill and scallions. For dessert, Le Pain Quotidien’s extensive offerings include pretty fruit tarts, brownies and enormous cookies. Or you can opt for crunchy hazelnut ficelle or plump pain au chocolat topped with a dollop of jam, chestnut cream or the addictive hazelnut-praline spread, jars of which are at every table. Another reason to love Le Pain Quotidien: The company emphasizes organic products, including eggs, vegetables, cheeses, flour and even fruit soda.


Venue name: Le Pain Quotidien
Address: 1131 Madison Ave
New York
Cross street: between 84th and 85th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 7:30am–7pm; Sat, Sun 8am–7pm
Transport: Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St
Price: Average sandwich: $8. Cash only
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Julie S

Le pain quotidien means the daily bread, so with fresh baked delicious bread, you can build a great meal. This Belgian bakery/restaurant chain brings simple and honest cooking to New York City. You can choose to take your food to go or even sit at a communal table, which is something you don’t see that often around the city. All of the expertly baked breads only have four ingredients, organic stone-ground flour, water, levain, and salt. You can have fantastic salads, tartines (open faced sandwiches), quiche, frittatas, meat and cheese boards and deserts. The avocado toast with citrus cumin salt, chia seeds and olive oil is amazing and super healthy.