Le Pain Quotidien
“The Daily Bread” or, if pronounced incorrectly, “The Daily Rabbit,” is a delightful organic café (perfect for lunch) with a European flair that, thankfully, doesn’t extend to its service.
Robin’s note: Le Pain was my home-away-from-home in Manhattan. Wonderful coffee, delicious fare and now – a liquor license!
Who you’ll see eating here: Moms with kids at breakfast and lunch, groups of couples 30-55 years old in the evening, and French ex-pats. No kidding.
Their specialty: Artisan bread and tartines (elegant open-faced sandwiches).
What you should order: Bread and tartines.
What you may not know but should:
1. Each table has an assortment of their delicious signature jams and chocolate/hazelnut spreads to eat with their bread.
2. Cafés include one or two large communal tables for those of you who enjoy sitting next to strangers or “meeting new friends.”
3. It’s an environmentally-conscience eatery, with wood flooring from defunct railway cars and efficiently bio-degradable cups and spoons.