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Nov 28, 2006 06:33 PM

Question about Payard

Hey 'hounders,
I am planning to take out a friend of mine to Payard for dessert this weekend. My question is, can I use one of their tables if I just have their cakes from the patisserie or do I have to do take out? Thanks in advance.


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  1. There are a few tables in the patisserie section that you can eat at.

    1. May I suggest Patisserie Claude? Better food, nicer neighborhood for a walk, and more authentic (Claude is right there, grumping at everyone in broken English.)

      1. It may or may not be more authentic, but it's nowhere near as nice looking.

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        1. re: Peter Cuce

          I agree. As much as I love Claude, I just want to go somewhere nice for dessert.

          1. re: chocokitty

            Anyway, I don't know if your question was answered, but Payard has approx. 8 small tables in the cafe section, with table service, where you can order anything from the pastry cases and coffee/tea bar. However, it's quite a madhouse on the weekend, with hardly any down time -- something like Difara Pizza -- but with a little persistence you can get a table without waiting too long. Even though I think it has slipped since it opened, I still enjoy going there. But it might be a little rushed feeling.
            Maybe you should consider Petrossian Cafe -- great desserts and coffee, usually not too crowded, lots of posts about it.

            1. re: Peter Cuce

              Payard is closed on Sunday.

              Consider doing their afternoon tea. You get seated in the back half of the restaurant (Payard's seating is divided in half: the front section with cafe tables, which is seat yourself, is somewhat harried because the tables are surrounded by the display cases. Lots of milling around by people getting stuff to-go. The back section is more serene, guarded by a hostess. The tables back there have a more formal restaurant feeling, with tablecloths and table settings.) Anyway, the tea there is not very expensive -- the menu: You can order desserts back there too, but I think the tea is the better value.

        2. I'd really REALLY would recommend going here instead:

          There's been many posts from fellow Hounds who've taken out-of-town friends to Payard only to have been disappointed from their "Payard experience". Not to mention the area Financier is located in is much more scenic.

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          1. re: Mickey Blue

            I like Financier a lot, but it doesn't have the same kind of upscale feeling that Payard does, which is why I recommended Petrossian, a place that is on a more similar wavelength.