|Exterior of 53rd Street location.|
|Dining room wit the signature communal table.|
|The ground level bakery.|
(all photos except where noted: TheHopefulTraveler)
This branch located off 5th Avenue is split into two levels with a dining room upstairs and bakery/cafe at ground level. The feel is that of an airy country inn with walls of tan plaster and worn red bricks, gentle lighting and generous use of light-colored reclaimed woods for the furnishings especially for the long communal table that serves as the centerpiece of the dining room. This table is meant to suggest fellowship among dining guests. For those wishing for a private dining experience, standard tables line the walls. The atmosphere is a stark contrast to the concrete and steel and bustling traffic outside.
The bakery/café was founded in Brussels, Belgium in 1990. Le Pain Quotidien today operates over 150 branches worldwide in 26 cities and 18 countries as far flung as Australia, Kuwait, Turkey, Russia and Mexico.
|A bowl of cafe au lait|
For breakfast today, a café au lait ($4.25) served in a bowl and zucchini frittata ($10.95) with slices of freshly baked bread and a salad moderately drizzled in an olive oil dressing combined with the atmosphere made for one of the most comforting and relaxing breakfast experiences I can ever remember at any restaurant. The food was delicious to the last bite of bread and sip of coffee. Chunks of veggies in the frittata made for a hearty breakfast entrée. The service was charming and unhurried.
This branch of Le Pain Quotidien is located at 7 East 53rd Street (between Madison and 5th Avenue). Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-7:30pm; Sat-Sun 8am-6:30pm. Visit lepainquotiden.us for more information. Click HERE for to view selections from their core menu.
|Wood furnishings in the dining room.|
|Pantry of jams and chocolate spreads.|
|Le Pain Quotidien on 53rd Street|
|The bakery sells Le Pain Quotidien's own brand of chocolate spreads and jams.|
(photo above and below: lepainquotidien.us)