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Tea in New York, Maison Kayser

Maison Kayser

The last few years has seen a spate of French bakeries in our little Pacific Northwest city, and it’s been fun exploring them.
A few have successfully gone on to open second locations, and I recently saw a sign for a third and possibly fourth location for one of my favourites, this made me think of Eric Kayser, and had me digging around for these photos.

One of the lovely things we did this past spring was pop into the new New York Maison Kayser boulangerie on the Upper East Side for tea.

We were super excited to see this Parisian chain finally make its way across the Atlantic.

Maison Kayser

When it comes to breads and pastries, Eric Kayser is a genius; some call him a ‘superstar baker’, his bakeries are renowned and worldwide, the website lists far-flung locations such as Kiev, Dakar, Seoul, Lisbon, Beirut and of course, Paris.

Plus, he invented his own liquid sourdough-starter leavening process, they do not use commercial yeast at the bakeries… genius!

Maison Kayser Maison Kayser, New York

It’s the boulangeries on Rue Montorgueil and Place Vendome that made me a fan – I had breakfasts there… some rushed, some unhurried, of tangy crusty chewy baguettes slathered in butter and jam, and for spontaneous picnics in the park, were those colourful tempting pastries and sweets.

I’ve been so enamoured with their pain aux céréales it inspired this version.

Maison Kayser, New York

Three more Maison Kaysers have opened in New York since our visit.

The UES location is pretty much identical to the others – open and bright with large glass display cases with rows of luscious and dreamy looking desserts, and beautiful striking breads, croissant, brioches and mini cakes.

The seating area for dining is plain and classic, and towards the back is a glassed-in working bakery, where we watched the breads bake on site.

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It was a nice break from running around the city; we had tea with our pistachio financiers, St. Honore cake, flakey buttery croissants and pain aux raisins and relaxed and caught up, and agreed that tea in the New York Maison Kayser is as delightful as its Paris location.

Our delicious tea from Palais des Thés perfectly rounded up our ‘little Paris in New York’ experience nicely.

My friend L. calls Maison Kayser a bread empire… “From Kiev to Kinshasa, this is classic empire building” he says.


Scenes From Elsewhere: Flatiron District

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We stayed in the Flatiron District on our last New York trip.
Named for the landmark triangular building on 5th Avenue and Broadway, the neighbourhood has great shopping, restaurants and bars, a pedestrian plaza, parks etc.
It’s close to everything!
And of course, we found the Joe Fresh store, hard to believe it started out in a grocery store.


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The High Line III

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Anytime I hear or read that a bridge or railroad track is being decommissioned I’m hopeful that it’ll be converted for recreational use, maybe a High Line type of park or something similar.
While we’re not exactly lacking for parks here, I sometimes wish for a uniquely urban and ‘recycled’ park like the High Line – it’d be awesome!

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I never miss a chance to go to the High Line when I’m in New York, it’s become a bit of a ritual; I usually save it for the last day of my trip and force myself to relax in one of those slatted reclining benches and alternate between reading and people watching. It’s always a restful end to a whirlwind vacation.
I’ve been lucky, all the times I’ve been on the High Line it’s been gorgeous and sunny, it’s also been quite crowded, more so each year, but I don’t mind the crowds, it’s New York!

Still Life with Landscape by Sarah Sze (High Line Art)
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The park is about a mile long now, a good two mile walk to the end and back if a little hike sounds inspiring; it’s an elevated walk with amazing views of the city and the Hudson River, and a ton of art installations that are worth the walk.

This last time, my day ended with a quick bite from nearby Chelsea Market, next time I think I’ll just have a picnic at the park.

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“How Are You Feeling” by David Shrigley (High Line Billboard)

Eataly, New York

Italy is Eataly

Italy is Eataly!
That is one of the many slogans at Eataly, New York, the 50,000 square-foot Italian marketplace in the Flatiron district. It certainly is a food lover’s paradise.
The first time I went to Eataly, I sent a text to my brother (who’s always wanted a grocery/restaurant type of place) saying,
“you know that thing you’ve always wanted to do? Well, they’re doing it with Italian food in NYC… a supermarket with restaurants and it’s awesome”


Eataly opened in New York in 2010, a few years after its first location opened in Turin, Italy – it’s a food emporium or ‘foodtropolis’, if you will, where you can get groceries, have drinks or desserts, grab a quick bite or sit down to a proper lunch or dinner.
Our hotel on our last trip to New York was just a few blocks from Eataly, so I sort of went there a lot this time, I had dinner there twice, coffee every morning and stocked up on Italian cookies, tote bags and the black rice from Novara I wanted to try.

Verdure all Piastra – Warm vegetables and farro Salad in a Nebbiolo vinaigrette (Vegan)

The market carries everything from unique fresh produce (there’s even a vegetable butcher!) to wines from some of the best Italian vineyards.
The restaurants/eateries vary from a formal-dining restaurant that celebrates meat to a vegetables-only restaurant. And let’s not forget… a rooftop beer garden!
And then there’s the newly opened culinary school with classes created by Chef Lidia Bastianich.


I like Eataly, I like that it’s committed to the Slow Food movement (more so in Turin).
I like the layout, concept and execution, and the food here is wonderful and varied.
Their farro and warm vegetables salad is amazing – it’s so fresh and rustic, it tastes homemade.

I should mention that Eataly feels a bit chaotic on the onset, it’s slightly cramped and overcrowded (with people) but that kind of adds to the charm and open-market ambiance, since markets are usually crowded and busy.

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Eataly New York
200 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(212) 229-2560