As you all know, going to New York City a few times a month, I still have places on my list I need to visit. The famous Paris-born pâtisserie/cafe’s first American restaurant opened in 2011 and has been receiving mixed reviews. I always like to form my own opinion, and I tell my readers to do the same. I was quite excited and had my reservation via my favorite place, Open Table.
The famous cup and menu were beautiful. For some reason, they couldn't find my reservation and I advised it was via OpenTable. They didn't seem to care as the place was not crowded, which I thought was odd for a Saturday afternoon. They have 2 dining rooms as well as a beautiful outdoor garden. I wasn't offered garden seating, even though there were seats available.
The interior is pretty over the top but that is what they are known for. Just lovely.
I was really disappointed in a family behind me, 2 small daughters and a Mother, who were loud beyond loud. The daughters were small, and loud and obnoxious. The Mother didn't seem to care to discipline them at all. This restaurant is very high end, and for people to come and pay the money it costs to dine here, they should not have to deal with unruly children. The little girl in my photo below was very well behaved as well as some older children that were eating, fabulous. But this family, being right behind me, kind of ruined the atmosphere for me. Even 2 young girls sitting next to me said "Why would they bring them here if they can't behave?" so I knew it wasn't just me.
Okay, on to the food. I had the Laduree Omelett which consisted of mushrooms, cheese, ham, tomatoes, onions, fresh cream and fine herbs. It was okay, I wasn't rocked out with it or anything. It was very big, but for $16.00, it should be tasty as well as large.
Laduree is just like a painting, don't you think ?
My waiter was new, so I will give him that much, but seemed like didn't get receive a whole lot of training. My food came before my tea, which was odd I had to ask him for my tea. I choose Thé Chéri delicate blend of black tea, cocoa, caramel and vanilla and it was really very tasty.
Elegant decor for sure.
A chocolate St Honore' was my dessert choice as I wanted something I had never tried before. This was to die for and just really out of this world. I had wanted a Mont Blanc but of course my waiter had no idea what it was, and then came back to say they didn't have any today.
The other tea room which was empty as empty could be.
In the front counter you can purchase items, desserts and macarons.
Today's Words of Wisdom: “I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.” ― Julia Child