Maison Kayser

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The next place on my 12 Best Bakeries In NYC Challenge from Gothamist’s list is Maison Kayser. 

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Now, I usually get weary with chains, so, I was hoping this Parisian bakery and restaurant could change my mind. They serve an array of baked goods from baguettes to cookies and also have an adjoining restaurant with a full menu. 

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I went for my usual combination of one sweet and one savory baked good (for balanced research, of course). First, I had their Mini Monge with seeds. I really liked this one. It was crunchy and crisp on the outside and doughy and soft on the inside. The seeds also added a great flavor.

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Then, I tried the Sugar Brioche. Another great one. This bun had the airiest, lightest, softest texture. The large granules of sugar on top added a nice sweetness to the eggy-buttery flavor of the Brioche. 

The Shorts:
Name: Maison Kayser
Location: 921 Broadway and other NYC locations
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, and I’d like to also dine in soon to check out their menu.
Would I recommend it? Yes, there are a handful of locations in the city, so you can find one close to almost anywhere.

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Montmartre

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The other night, I went to Montmartre in Chelsea for cocktails. This French restaurant and bar is small, yet cozy with a very inviting vibe. The bar seating is limited, so if you’re wanting dinner, I would recommend sitting in the dining room. But, the bar is great for drinks and snacks, which is exactly what I did. 

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I ordered the Buzz, Billie Holiday, Buzz, blanco tequila, Drambuie, lime juice and honey syrup. The drink was tasty, slightly sweet and citrusy and totally pleasant. Best part is, there’s a black cherry at the bottom of the glass.

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If you’re wanting a snack to go with your drinks, there are some great options. I had to go for the Pommes Frites served with an aioli and brown butter sabayon. The fries were perfectly seasoned and cut wide, but still thin, giving them a great and unique shape. The dipping sauces were lovely too, I favored the aioli. 

The Shorts:
Name: Montmartre
Location: 158 Eighth Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, this is a great little neighborhood gem and I would really like to go back for dinner. Would I recommend it? Oui!