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Le Pain Quotidien
Posted by Anonymous on 11/01/2006
Just walked 10 minutes and paid $11+ for a salad. Got back to my office and noticed that there was no dressing. Called them, got transferred 3x, (including to someone who could barely speak english) and was finally told by the "manager" that she was sorry but she wasn't able to do anything about it (apart from me returning to the restaurant to retrieve the dressing) since they don't have delivery people. There were 3 employees standing aimlessly at the counter when i arrived. Not sure why she couldn't send one of them to appease a customer.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/05/2006
As stated below, the restaurant is not French so criticizing it for it is not appropriate. The restaurant is Belgian! As far as the croissants, they are not supposed to be overly buttery, only the ones in the States are greasy with butter the ones in Europe are fresh, soft, and light just like the ones served here. Favorites are the bread baskets, granola parfaits and the bowls of cappuccino! Great setting, service can be a little scattered but it's only because the place is busy, the staff is friendly and is hustling! One of my favs in NYC
Posted by local on 09/30/2006
Just to correct a prior posting . . . Le Pain is a BELGIAN place not French.
Posted by Marcin M on 07/26/2006
Despite the very clean and comfortable decor in their east side location, I found the food disappointing. The coffee was barely warm, and by far the most watery I've ever had, the exact opposite of what passes for a decent coffee in europe. Next, the 'chocolate croissant' was even more dissapointing. While they used good chocolate, the croissant was dry and flavourless as if they had forgotten the most essential ingredient in a croissant, that being butter. In their favour, the service was nice, unobstrusive and polite, and the assortments of organic jams and spreads where delicious. I can't comment further on other foods, simply because their first offerings turned me off for good. If they cannot get the basics right, I can't be too trusting of things more complex.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/12/2006
Good to very good in every aspect but closes at 7pm!
Posted by Westsider15 on 04/14/2006
Their chocolate croissants are crispy, flakey, moist inside and delicious. J'adore and Le Pain Quotidien are tied. I always microwave my croissants for 15 seconds and serve it with a cold glass of milk. The venue is abnormal. It houses a couple of long communal tables and the employee manning the register was not friendly. But in the end the croissants are delicious. I recommend them.
Posted by breadlover on 04/06/2006
I've been to two Le Pain (on near central park west and the other on upper east side) and love them both! Waiting can be a hassle and table sharing sometimes doesn't work out as well, but I positively love their wild beet sardine sandwich (which is not on the regular menu). Other notables include the hot belgian chocolate, the mochaccino and the bread basket.