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Le Pain Quotidien
Posted by Val on 06/23/2014
My daughter and I stopped in here about an hour before we had to be at a matinee performance, so around 1 pm. There was a short line of people waiting for a table, even though there seemed to be a good amount of open table seats upstairs and downstairs on the basement level. We instead went to the counter service line for takeout. I noticed a short bar-like table with a few stools to the right of the takeout counter and asked if we could sit there to eat and was told "of course!" The girls at the take out counter were friendly and held onto our orders until we returned from a ladies room stop. Our food arrived quickly, boxed nicely in a carryout bag, and we simply sat at the small bar to eat. The actual dining room had become crowded and an even longer line, and I was very glad that we chose to sit where we did rather than waiting for waiter service in the more full dining area. I had the turkey and avocado tartine, which was decent, my daughter had the chicken curry tartine, which was excellent and came with a side of cranberry relish. Good portion sizes and reasonable prices. We'd go back, and use the carryout line for speed....
Posted by Anonymous on 11/02/2013
The good and prices are commensurate with the neighborhood but the surliness of the counter staff is what really sets this place apart. Is it really such a burden to smile, be pleasant, and fill orders quickly and helpfully all while you are getting paid and expecting tips? Step it up, ladies. I believe you are nicer people than you let on.
Posted by makamaka on 01/06/2009
....that they have shared tables at this joint. Think Benihana. You'll be sitting with numerous randoms which is fine assuming you're in the mood for this type of experience. Food is just so-so and the service is "meh".
Posted by ms.w on 10/28/2008
I was here for lunch with a friend and I had to ask for cutlery, water, multiple times. The staff demonstrates consistent thoughtlessness as they slap down plates and attempt to take away plates even as one is resting between bites. For this they are entitled to a twenty percent tip? I will not be back. There's plenty of other mediocre food on the Upper West Side- may as well patronize a place that at least attempts something better.
Posted by emily on 02/22/2008
i come here every weekend for breakfast! So good!
Posted by Ernest M. Skinner on 01/15/2007
Pricey but delicious baked goods.
Posted by Angela on 08/24/2006
I went to Le Pain Quotidien for lunch with my friend for the first time and I loved it. I had the turkey tartine, which was fabulous, and my friend had the tabouli salad. The food was full of fresh herbs and flavor. The only thing I didn't like was our waitress. The staff seemed to be a bit cold and unfriendly. Otherwise the atmosphere was very old world european and the desserts are delish! I would definitely recommend le pain quotidien.