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Posted by greenbox91 on 08/07/2013
Since the spring of 2012 I’ve been looking for a place similar to the late great Lou’s Café. I want a place where I can get a light pre-theatre meal that won’t have me dozing off in the second act (from the food, the show may make me doze anyway.) But I want real food and a couple glasses of wine in a quiet, adult atmosphere… not a burger or diner food. I’ve “auditioned” almost two dozen places and so far the Petrossian Boutique & Café has the highest marks. The café has 8 small tables (total seating 18) on a balcony above the bakery. The menu is limited but has many interesting choices. I had the smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese, red onion, tomato and capers, which is as close to Lou’s wonderful “Tower of Bagel” as the menu offered. It was very good. The wine list is also very limited, offering only 3 wines (by glass or bottle) and 1 champagne. I ordered the sancerre, which was quite good. For dessert one is invited to step downstairs and choose from the bakery items. After 6:00 PM this selection was somewhat limited but I scored the last chocolate chip/pecan cookie which was about 5 inches in diameter by 5/8 inch thick. It was very tasty though my taste buds would have liked something more purely chocolate. The coffee came in a 2-cup pot and was very good. The service was somewhat spotty. The only waiter was tending to all of the tables and tended to get disorganized. The meal was delivered in good time, but I had to ask him twice for a second glass of wine and then it took him another ten minutes to bring it. The second glass was about 20% larger than the first. To be fair, he was probably competing with wait staff from the famous Petrossian which shares the same bar & kitchen. The dessert and coffee was very promptly delivered by the waitress from the bakery. I still have a few more places to audition, but I’ll go back to the Petrossian Boutique & Café. There are still those other tempting items on the menu.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/16/2011
I am so disappointed. I thought it would be a lovely jewel box with delicious food because the restaurant is supposed to be a bastion of gentile and posh dining and because from the outside it looks so inviting . NOT! Firstly, my gf and I went for Sunday brunch. They have no one to take a name, give a number, make some order of the waiting. Second, our food wad tepid. So disappointing when your eggs and toast are room temperature. How hard is it to do scrambled eggs? We decided to share a cookie. The thing was fossilized. I was seriously afraid that I would crack a tooth biting into the thing. Our waiter assured us that they are baked every morning. Oh really? It was fossilized. Thank goodness we were not charged for the cookie. Finally, the decor was really run down. The paint was worn and chipped. The bathroom was not great. I'm not expecting a powder room from the plaza but it was really a diner bathroom. Overall, I'm not going back.
Posted by CeCe on 01/17/2010
I'm a longtime customer (usually for bakery and take-out) and hate the new menu. Have been enjoying their delicious French Toast for years and now they only serve a more expensive version with scrambled eggs and bacon... Why would they changed a popular menu item and add fatty chlosterol as must (instead of a side order) when it's the opposite of the trend in the whole rest of the industry? Quel dommage, used to love the place.
Posted by nice time on 01/26/2009
Nice relaxing place, very welcoming and attentive waitresses. It was not too crowded, and we stayed there for almsot two hours enjoying food, flawless service and pleasant atmosphere until the place closed at 8. Many customers felt there like at home and among family (we were first-time "strangers"). Desert was absolutely exquisite!!
Posted by Paul on 08/23/2008
I tried to go here for brunch today. After standing in the cafe for nearly 15 min, while the staff (which did not live up in looks or manner to the standard of the establishment) failed to be cordial or try to find me a table, I left. The staff did not speak well of the level of service that should be provided at Petrossian.
Posted by Michele on 08/17/2008
After spending the night at the Doubletree Suites on 47th, my husband and I walked the ten blocks uptown to Petrossian. I had read the reviews on menupages and knew I wanted to go for breakfast. What I didn't realize was the cafe was on the ground floor next to Alwyn Court, one of the most beautiful buildings in Manhattan. Many years ago, my mom's boss converted it into condos so there was some nostalgia attached as well. The cafe was up a few steps at the back of the bakery. The seats were nicely padded, ultracomfy so I liked it right away! The place was adorable, coffee came in your own little pot (love that)! I had the french toast and it was fantastic, made with a little bit of rum. The best part was the whipped cream with little bits of banana in it that came along with it. Definitely the right thing to order. Great place for a late breakfast - cozy, comfy and delicious!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/30/2008
I just went to Petrorussian's cafe for breakfast this morning and had a wonderful experience. There are about nine small tables tucked in the back of the Petrorussian store behind the counters where caviar and various fresh pastries are sold. I had the brioche French toast, which was light but filling. It was smothered in the plumpest, frshest berries. A pot of coffee or tea (I had green tea) came with it. Basically, it's a charming little place where you can get high end table service and a good breakfast for $10, give or take. (Each offering is actually about one dollar more than the prices that appear on the cafe's online menu or the online menu here at Menupages, but it's still a very good deal.) I may try the cafe for their weekend brunch sometime, but I would only go if I could get there right when they open because I would hate to be in there when it was crowded. It is a very small space and it's never comfortable sitting cheek to jowl with people.