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Maison Kayser Bryant park is finally open

  • Monica Nov 14, 2013 10:04 AM
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Crap, I can't believe I am about to gain 5 lbs even before holidays.

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

    1. Pistachio eclairs!

      Within walking distance of my hotel!

      Win-win.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        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

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

          1. re: ipsedixit

            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

              Interesting. Thanks for the lead on PP.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                i think financier has pistachio eclairs

                1. re: jon

                  but not so good.

                  1. re: Monica

                    ... and it's also in FiDi.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      There's a financier in grand central

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        there are like 10 locations in the city.

                        1. re: Monica

                          I guess I need to get out more ...

                          1. re: ipsedixit

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

                2. re: Monica

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

                3. re: ipsedixit

                  doesn't Francois Payard have pistachio raspberry eclairs?

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

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

                  1. 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

                      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

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

                        1. re: Monica

                          Monica, I agree100% with that!

                          City Kid, That semolina bread sounds amazing.

                        2. re: owlwoman

                          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

                            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

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

                              1. re: Ttrockwood

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

                      2. 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. 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

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

                            1. re: Monica

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

                            2. re: coasts

                              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. 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

                                I always considered their loaves to be a single servings.

                                Did you spy any yuzu tarts?

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  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

                                    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

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

                                      1. re: zeeEats

                                        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

                                        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

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

                                          1. re: ipsedixit

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

                                            1. re: Monica

                                              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. 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. 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. 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. 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

                                          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

                                            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

                                              Replacement, refund and a double espresso!!!

                                              1. re: Motosport

                                                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. 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

                                              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

                                                ?! 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".....