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Maison Keyser pn the UES: any reports?

I know it just opened wednesday but I am sure some hound has checked it out...

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    1. re: Riverman500

      Agree with you about the delicious coffee tart! Stopped into the cafe with my sister for a snack before my birthday dinner at Bouley. It was late in the afternoon, and it turned out the many of the pastries were already sold out. I had originally wanted the tiramisu that the waiter said was great, but when he returned to let me know that they had no more tiramisu, I chose the coffee tart. The coffee tart was wonderful. Lovely flavor with a beautiful dollop of coffee cream. If the tiramisu is better, that must be one amazing tiramisu. The cappuccino was excellent too--froth all the way to the bottom of the cup and no sweetener was needed. Stopped at the bakery on the way out; bought a plain croissant, a pain au chocolat and the white chocolate brioche. Unfortunately I didn't have a chance to try any of the three before I left for dinner at Bouley, and I was too full to try them when I got home. Neither the croissant nor the pain au chocolat held up over night--both became soggy, and I'll need to try them again fresh. The white chocolate brioche was delicious. Definitely will return for that and the coffee tart!

      1. re: ellenost

        The apricot pistachio tart is good too.

    2. Small item, it's actually Maison KAYSER...I was in the day after it opened because it is my go-to breakfast place in Paris. I got a semolina walnut bread, which was excellent. Hoping they will have my favorite from Paris: semolina chock full of hazelnuts and prunes! Nice servers and attractive, roomy cafe space.

      1. Went this afternoon, was a bit of a madhouse. Olive bread and white chocolate brioche were amazing, croissant and whole wheat bread were good but not amazing. Brought a coffee tart home for tonight, will report after we try it. We couldn't order sandwiches or quiche at the takeout counter.

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        1. re: The Cookbook Addict

          i was also there this afternoon around 5:30 and took home two chocolate pastries. i can't recall the name of either, but one was a small pound cake and the other a flat, round, chewy chocolate brownie-like cake. both were terribly disappointing to the point where we didn't finish the pound cake. it was so dry and lacked any delicacy.

          1. re: coasts

            Coffee tart was gooey and yummy but had a cookie crust that was nothing special. Very curious to hear what people think about the baguette...

          2. re: The Cookbook Addict

            Was there today around 5 as well. Picked up their baguette which is really ancienne baguette, probably one of the better ones in NYC, and their apricot tarts.

          3. The food was really good (had the roast beef tartine) and loved the bread basket, but the pastries were just ok.

            I also had the fondant chocolate, the round, chewy chocolate brownie-like cake that "coasts" had and I didn't like it at all and didn't finish it.

            I'll have to go back for the croissants and see how that is.

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            1. re: OhHowCivilized

              Rye bread may not be the traditional NY style, but it is some of the best rye I've ever sampled.
              GREAT addition to the area!!

            2. Had the turmeric/hazelnut/walnut bread last week...simply wonderful!

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              1. re: City Kid

                After reading your post I bought the bread yesterday and I agree. Simply wonderful but pricey

                1. re: smarty

                  What is the price for a baguette, preferably malesherbes if they name them. In Paris Kayser has @ 6 different baguettes and the price is @ 1.10 euros or $ 1.35

                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                    Baguettes are $2.75, and they have one kind (baguette Monge).

                  2. re: smarty

                    Agree, Smarty, they are not cheap in Paris either, but at least it's top quality with the best ingredients -- "artisanal" bread at the supermarket is expensive. BTW: I sliced and froze the leftovers from my 2 Kayser nut breads, toasted them and ate with goat cheese for breakfast. Even better the second time around.

                  3. re: City Kid

                    I bought one earlier today- WOW. Entire hazelnuts and the most smooth and buttery soft interior..... Cravable.

                  4. Agreeing with most of the other reports here... Breads are really good, pastries are all right. Brioche was good too.

                    1. I was so looking forward to the arrival of MK living 2 blocks away.
                      Given the proximity, I have enjoyed a wonderful breakfast (egg dishes, coffee, bread basket), an ok lunch (servier had no opinion about anything), brought a (meh) raspberry tart to a party which looked way better than it tasted, a baguette (crusty & perfect) and today swung by to pick up a croissant to enjoy at home. omg - what a poor excuse for a flaky, buttery sin of deliciousness. My almond croissant is flat, moist & doesn't resemble anything like a crescent shaped pastry.
                      My experience supports all of the above.

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                      1. re: dragonfly

                        Disappointed to hear that the croissant isn't good. Was planning to stop by on Saturday to try (again) the croissant and the pain au chocolat. Guess I won't bother now.

                        1. re: ellenost

                          Croissants from Kaysar are not great in Paris either, nor are the pastries. The strength of the enterprise is in the bread.

                          1. re: Nancy S.

                            First off, apologies to my fellow hounds for bad typos (I can only blame excitement) but I finally managed to get there myself. Baguette great (they are baking them throughout the day--mine was still warm when I brought it home after work). Tried the chocolate croissant over the weekend (they were sold out of my favorite, almond, but looks like I didn't miss out) which was decent, but definitely a step below the bread. Went for dinner last week as well. Service kind of spotty but well-meaning which is hopefully growing pains. Bread basket fantastic, as was a cold cucumber soup and the figs/ham with the bucheron. The salads looked a bit of a grab bag. Friend had the lobster and felt arugula too bitter and overwhelmed the lobster. I had the watermelon/feta with arugula which was 90% arugula. Would not order it again. They don't have their liquor license yet but are happy for you to bring your own wine and do not charge an uncorking fee. Finished with a chocolate tarte which was decent but nothing special (they'd run out of apricot/pistachio) and some lukewarm coffee. It took so long for them to bring dessert, I didn't want to try and get it replaced.

                            Was going to buy some of the breads the other morning but all the more interesting ones are $7 each, as are the giant brioches. Seemed a little pricey. However, as I live 3 blocks away, I know I will crumble. Glad they are an option for a light meal at the last minute and think its going to be one of those restaurants where you stick to certain things they do well and sadly learn what to avoid.

                            1. re: preppie foodie

                              I tried the apricot pistachio tart and was hoping for a bit more emphasis on pistachios. The chocolate financier was quite buttery, so I'd give it a go again, but actually, I long for a Japanese bakery (that is, a "French" bakery found in Japanese department stores) to open in NYC. Nothing like the one by Astor Place.

                      2. Stopped by here yesterday for the first time and got a baguette and croissant to set a baseline. I thought the croissant was good, not travel across the city good but if lived nearby or was in the area I would stop in. The baguette I would/will go out of my way to make a special journey to get. It brought a tear to my eye to have a decent quality baguette in NY - I think the ones at bouchon are pretty good too but there's a lot of crap baguette out there. I think this is far and away the best in NYC now. I could eat this by itself, the whole loaf, with nothing on it b/c its just really good bread.

                        1. So far I have made 4 visits for coffee and pastries. The coffee was good. The service was excellent, perhaps because I spoke French. I was disappointed with the croissant. I think the ones at City Bakery are far superior. The chocolate dome was first-rate, rich and luscious. Yesterday the pistachio eclair's icing dropped to one side as I was eating it. I do like the hazelnut-walnut bread and have bought it 3 times and yesterday I tried the orange pound cake. The brioche praline is tasty and I like the bread basket. I'll be going back as often as possible to try everything.

                          1. The croissant is better than Whole Foods but that's it. It's not crusty/flaky enough to be from the French. The dinner roll is crusted well but the inside is meh. The rasberry muffin was too sweet for me.

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                            1. re: marblebag

                              I also tried a croissant and a baguette. The baguette was great but, the croissant is better in the Food Emporium! Chocolate tart was fantastic. So, it is really hit and miss at Kayser.

                              1. re: tbone

                                I did stop by again to try the croissant, the pain au chocolat, and the praline brioche. None of them are worth a return visit. Too bad, I had such high hopes after my first visit.

                                1. re: ellenost

                                  Agreed. I give this place a big, fat "MEH."

                            2. I think I may be missing something here. I stopped by Maison Kayser for several baguettes (both the monge and Epi East Side) on Saturday morning. When I cut into them at dinner time I was disappointed to find that they were completely soft, from the mie to the non-existent crust. Are Maison Kayser's crusts supposed to be soft compared to the shattery crusts I'm used to?

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                              1. re: JungMann

                                While his breads as he has expanded are not what the were, the baguette l get in Paris is the Malesherbes which is only different to the extent the ends are blocked off not pointy, is still a good chew with a mostly air filled mie, not the best here, but surely not terrible. Wonder why they are not the same as here. As noted above they are over twice as expensive in NY.

                              2. The Pistachio Brioche was delicious as was the plain financier (almond-y and almost chewy).

                                I went for the chocolate chip cookies and they were sold out! The white choc. mac. cookies were nothing worth noting.

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                                1. re: BonVivantNYC

                                  They also had a pistachio and apricot bread last time I visited (three weeks ago) that was divine. This place has quickly become one of my favorite break making joints in all of NYC.

                                2. Flatiron location is now open. Had an excellent bread with tumeric and hazelnuts. Pretty shop and a bigger selection than UES. Columbus Circle is set to open soon, too.