Le Pain Quotidien, the new place in Rye
Anyone try the new place that just opened on Purchase Street across from the bagel shop?
I had lunch there last Wednesday with a friend and then breakfast on Friday with my 7 year old. Service is nice and well meaning, but slow and confused. I'm willing to chalk that up to being brand new and I figure it will improve.
Lunch: My friend and I both had the tartine with ricotta, honey and fig. Yummy. She had hot chocolate and a macaroon for dessert and like them both. I had a latte (too milky, lukewarm) and a pain au chocolat (eh).
Breakfast: My son had a croissant and hot chocolate and was happy with both. I had an apple pear turnover (yum) and cafe au lait (too milky, lukewarm).
About the coffee: The woman across the table from us had either a latte or cafe au lait (both served in bowls, so I couldn't tell) and I heard her complaining to her husband that it was too bland. They were happy to bring her an extra shot when she asked for it. So I guess I'm not the only one who finds the coffee and milk drinks too light on the coffee. It should be noted that I always get an extra shot in a Starbucks latte, because that, to me, is just the right balance of milk and coffee. I might be happier at LPQ if I just asked for an extra shot. I assume the lukewarmness is directly attributable to the slow and confused service and that the coffee is sitting for a bit before getting to me.
To sum up, while it's not the most amazing thing ever, I think it's a nice addition to downtown Rye, will be a nice place to grab lunch with a friend and will improve with practice.
I have eaten at the New Canaan location. Seriously, I don't see how people REALLY enjoy their meal. I think you have to lie to yourself to enjoy eating at Le Pain Quotidien. If you like slow, indifferent service, followed by tasteless raw materials than this might be the place for you. It is also pretty expensive, considering they serve tasteless raw materials.