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Maison Kayser Bryant park is finally open

Monica Nov 14, 2013 10:04 AM

Crap, I can't believe I am about to gain 5 lbs even before holidays.

  1. c
    City Kid Nov 14, 2013 10:27 AM

    For maximum deliciousness, fat, and calories try their gruyiere bread!

    1. ipsedixit Nov 14, 2013 10:52 AM

      Pistachio eclairs!

      Within walking distance of my hotel!


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      1. re: ipsedixit
        Monica Nov 14, 2013 10:55 AM

        I heard their pastries are not as good as their bread? will try the eclairs. There are so many place that sells eclairs but so hard to find a good one.
        As for bread, I still prefer bread from Bien cuit or Pain D'Avignon.

        1. re: Monica
          ipsedixit Nov 14, 2013 11:45 AM

          I agree re: their pastry, but do you know of other places in Midtown that has pistachio eclairs?

          1. re: ipsedixit
            Monica Nov 14, 2013 11:48 AM

            I thought I saw one in Lady M...though it could have been green tea flavor. Pomme Palais on 51st has pistachio eclairs for sure.

            1. re: Monica
              ipsedixit Nov 14, 2013 12:09 PM

              Interesting. Thanks for the lead on PP.

              1. re: ipsedixit
                jon Nov 14, 2013 01:52 PM

                i think financier has pistachio eclairs

                1. re: jon
                  Monica Nov 14, 2013 01:53 PM

                  but not so good.

                  1. re: Monica
                    ipsedixit Nov 14, 2013 06:29 PM

                    ... and it's also in FiDi.

                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      jon Nov 15, 2013 05:46 AM

                      There's a financier in grand central

                      1. re: ipsedixit
                        Monica Nov 15, 2013 06:26 AM

                        there are like 10 locations in the city.

                        1. re: Monica
                          ipsedixit Nov 15, 2013 07:51 AM

                          I guess I need to get out more ...

                          1. re: ipsedixit
                            Monica Nov 15, 2013 12:56 PM

                            You are not missing out much....when it comes to French desserts in NYC...

                2. re: Monica
                  cnr.one Nov 20, 2013 10:39 AM

                  The green eclair at Lady M is green tea and very good.

                3. re: ipsedixit
                  coasts Nov 14, 2013 08:16 PM

                  doesn't Francois Payard have pistachio raspberry eclairs?

            2. Motosport Nov 14, 2013 11:31 AM

              I have been waiting and waiting!!!! I'll be there next weekend for sure.

              1. Ttrockwood Nov 14, 2013 01:42 PM

                Their tumeric hazelnut bread and olive buns get me every time... Entire hazelnuts in the bread and so many delicious olives in the bun its more like olives held together by chewy dough.....

                1. zeeEats Nov 14, 2013 02:43 PM

                  Can't wait to check it out. Though having Maison Kayser and Lady M so close to my office is dangerous!

                  1. Monica Nov 15, 2013 06:27 AM

                    went this morning. Got 3 almond croissants and one walnut bread. I meant to get the hazelnut bread but for some reason, i blurred out walnut bread but I am glad I ordered it. It's really good.

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                    1. re: Monica
                      owlwoman Nov 15, 2013 09:32 AM

                      The one at Columbus Circle opened too, I'm seriously addicted to the Pain au raision, but I don't think they're as good as Paris, could be the atmosphere though :)

                      1. re: owlwoman
                        Monica Nov 15, 2013 10:02 AM

                        I don't think it's the atmosphere...i think everything tastes better in Paris. =)

                        1. re: Monica
                          owlwoman Nov 15, 2013 12:09 PM

                          Monica, I agree100% with that!

                          City Kid, That semolina bread sounds amazing.

                        2. re: owlwoman
                          Ttrockwood Nov 15, 2013 03:50 PM

                          I stopped in for an espresso and brioche bun yesterday- awkward set up though, i had to order and pay at the espresso bar (well made, smooth finish) and then in line and pay seperate for the brioche bun- which was very good, wish i had bought two...

                          1. re: Ttrockwood
                            zeeEats Nov 20, 2013 10:24 AM

                            I'd agree that the store layout is weird. However when I ordered a drink at the espresso bar, the cashier was also able to pack and ring up a couple items from the bakery/pastry counter for me. Didn't queue twice.

                            1. re: zeeEats
                              Ttrockwood Nov 20, 2013 02:38 PM

                              I was last there a few weeks ago now, so hopefully my experience was just growing pains....

                              1. re: Ttrockwood
                                zeeEats Nov 20, 2013 02:53 PM

                                I'll probably go back again later this week - will keep an eye out for the payment/line setup.

                      2. c
                        City Kid Nov 15, 2013 11:35 AM

                        They do carry some breads in Paris that they don't here. I put in a bid for the semolina with hazelnuts and prunes that is my go-to breakfast in Paris, simply fab!

                        1. coasts Nov 15, 2013 05:50 PM

                          the olive bread from Columbus Circle quickly found a place in my top five bread experiences of my life. damn. it was like cake. we ate the whole loaf, along with a baguette and some smuggled cheeses from Alleosse.

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                          1. re: coasts
                            Monica Nov 15, 2013 06:47 PM

                            I too finished the walnut bread...the whole thing, i can't believe it..and a almond croissant..

                            1. re: Monica
                              ipsedixit Nov 15, 2013 07:13 PM

                              I dunno if it's to your tastes, but the walnut bread at Audrey in Chinatown is awfully good.

                            2. re: coasts
                              Ttrockwood Nov 15, 2013 08:16 PM

                              Yes! That olive bread is unlike any other i've had in nyc- i love that they use entire olives, no diced bits or slices, and a good variety in there too.... What a great meal you had!

                            3. Monica Nov 20, 2013 10:14 AM

                              didn't really like their regular croissant and the hazelnut bread. Must prefer their walnut bread...but that didn't stop me from eating the entire loaf again.

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                              1. re: Monica
                                ipsedixit Nov 20, 2013 10:26 AM

                                I always considered their loaves to be a single servings.

                                Did you spy any yuzu tarts?

                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                  Monica Nov 20, 2013 10:31 AM

                                  well, it is a big single serving. =)

                                  Yuza tarts? Is that part of their menu? Will look for it next time I go.

                                  1. re: Monica
                                    ipsedixit Nov 20, 2013 10:36 AM

                                    Not menu, just in their pastry counter/shelf with all the other tarts and goodies like the financiers, etc., many of which I find look so much better than they actually taste.

                                    But the yuzu is pretty good, esp. if you like tart flavors. Pucker up!

                                    1. re: ipsedixit
                                      zeeEats Nov 20, 2013 10:39 AM

                                      I spotted a yuzu tart last week. Didn't try though...

                                      1. re: zeeEats
                                        ipsedixit Nov 20, 2013 10:41 AM

                                        Cool. Good to know.

                                        It's pretty interesting, and a nice break from the sweet tarts you generally find. Not everyone will like it, esp. if you prefer your desserts on the mellow, sweet side.

                                      2. re: ipsedixit
                                        Monica Nov 20, 2013 10:41 AM

                                        I usually go in the morning on my way to work so I try my best not to look at their dessert section. Yuzu tart sounds amazing actually.

                                        1. re: Monica
                                          ipsedixit Nov 20, 2013 02:45 PM

                                          Meet up for lunch? Split the tart so it doesn't blow your appetite for your daily allowance of walnut loaf? :-)

                                          1. re: ipsedixit
                                            Monica Nov 21, 2013 08:16 AM

                                            Motorsports and I have been trying to plan something. Can you join us?

                                            1. re: Monica
                                              ipsedixit Nov 21, 2013 12:45 PM

                                              Love to join you two, but most likely won't be back to the city until December.

                                              I'm stuck in the "second city" these days.

                                              When/where were you guys thinking of going? Just curious.

                                2. r
                                  Rich D. Nov 20, 2013 10:37 AM

                                  I grabbed a baguette on the way home from work the other night and it was fantastic.

                                  Has anyone tried anything from the lunch menu? It looks really good and (somewhat) reasonable for the location, price-wise.

                                  Is there a space for a sit-down meal with servers? Or is it more of an order and seat yourself situation. I did not see any seating when I stopped in the other night, but I also wasn't looking.

                                  1. coasts Nov 20, 2013 07:05 PM

                                    had another olive loaf tonight, along with a gruyere bread. both were excellent. tried a pastry for the first time since the UES location opened and was again disappointed. i would have thrown away half of the pumpkin eclair if it weren't for the starving children out there. i'll stick to breads until i hear that there's a pastry worth trying.

                                    1. Motosport Nov 24, 2013 01:33 PM

                                      I have been waiting almost a year for the opening. I went by today for breakfast. I could taste the fresh croissants and perfectly cooked soft boiled eggs as I walked in the freezing cold windy weather.
                                      OHHHHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
                                      No tables!!!! It's a grab and go!!!
                                      I bought a loaf of olive and gruyere bread and trudged back to good old reliable Scotty's Diner.

                                      1. Monica Jan 31, 2014 06:57 AM

                                        I bought an almond croissant this morning from Maison Kayser and after a bite, I smelled and tasted margarine or some other chemical fat...i didn't detect butter which I thought i did previously...anyone tried their pastries recently? I don't want to 'accuse' them of using inferior ingredients but it was disappointing while still flaky and good...reminded me of pastries from Paris Baguette.

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                                        1. re: Monica
                                          Motosport Jan 31, 2014 10:36 AM

                                          Tuesday morning I got a ham and Gruyere croissant that was still warm. It was gone before I reached the other side of the park. Amazing!!
                                          I also got a plain croissant that I ate later. Excellent with no odd tastes.
                                          I'll have to go back tomorrow for an almond croissant.

                                          1. re: Monica
                                            ipsedixit Jan 31, 2014 10:41 AM

                                            It might've been a bad batch of almonds.

                                            I would go back, tell them, and ask for a replacement, or refund, or both.

                                            1. re: ipsedixit
                                              Motosport Jan 31, 2014 10:46 AM

                                              Replacement, refund and a double espresso!!!

                                              1. re: Motosport
                                                ipsedixit Jan 31, 2014 10:51 AM

                                                Yeah, need to wash that awful chemically taste out of the mouth. Nothing quite like a double espresso as an amuse bouche between bouts of almond croissants.

                                          2. Ttrockwood Apr 13, 2014 04:25 PM

                                            I happened to be in the area this afternoon and they now have fig buns?!? New to me, but i haven't been lately. It was great, a nice chewy crust and good chunks of fig inside. Of course i also left with a loaf of their olive bread, i didn't see the hazelnut tumeric one i like so much at this location, but that may be a good thing considering i've already hurt the olive loaf pretty badly.....

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                                            1. re: Ttrockwood
                                              ipsedixit Apr 13, 2014 06:26 PM

                                              They've had fig rolls for a while now, probably since at least the holidays.

                                              Next time you wander in, I encourage you to take a gander at the pistachio apricot bread. It will make you *want* to do an extra hour or two on the treadmill. Not so much to keep your weight in check, but to work up the appetite to eat the second loaf that you will undoubtedly go back and get.

                                              1. re: ipsedixit
                                                Ttrockwood Apr 14, 2014 05:54 PM

                                                ?! Pistachio apricot???! I didn't see it there.... (Read all the labels for loaves looking for the hazelnut tumeric one)
                                                Maybe they were just out for the day since it was afternoon..

                                                You are right, i have been avoiding maison kayser for a while since i have a tendancy to overbuy and then of course never "freeze some for later".....

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