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Jun 29, 2009 09:06 PM

There goes the neighborhood...

What is happening on the UES???????? OK Aureole left, that was planned a couple of years ago but now this!!! Orsay and Payard bistro are both leaving.... I think I am tearing up. Payard is a master with pastries, unparalleled with classic repitoire. I must say are my favorite in the city for a number of reasons one of which being that I feel like I am in France when I eat them! And then Orsay???? Where am I going to bring my dates from now on??? Impeccable atmosphere and great food...... this is a big blow............

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  1. Payard is leaving?! Is it moving or closing?

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    1. re: rteplow

      Payard closed because he couldn't come to terms with the landlord. He announced he will be looking for a space in which to re-open.

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      1. I got an email from La Goulue that they have gotten a reprieve from the landlord for several months - so you can take your dates there instead!

        1. Oh no! Payard is one of my favorite spots for lunch or tea and a pastry. I do love the atmosphere which really does evoke the 16th arrondissement. I was there not long ago and enjoyed a croque monsieur. Please keep us posted as to the new location.

          1. MMRuth THANK YOU for picking up on my type-o. I am sorry it is La Goulue that is closing not Orsay....... I must have crossed a fuse in the "French Bistro region of the brain."
            Well I for one am so happy that Orsay will stay open I think I shall visit them tonight!! I have never dinned at La Goulue before.

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            1. re: ChefPeter

              Ah good - I didn't realize it was a "type-o" - just thought that this meant that both La Goulue and Orsay were closing. You may know this - but they have the same owners. La Goulue can be a bit more expensive, but I think that the food is better at La Goulue (which is looking for a new location I gather). I've gone there for my birthday for the last two years, because there is nothing like a glass of Lillet Blanc, the ballotine of foie gras, steak tartare with frites, profiteroles and a bottle of Pomerol, followed by an eau de vie for a late-ish lunch relatively close to where I live! Then home for a long nap.