459 Lexington Ave (45th & 46th St)
City: New York, NY
Phone: (646) 678-3670
Site: Visit the restaurant site
2nd Cuisine: Family Friendly
Area: East 40s
A French sandwich makes its debut in Midtown. Croque Monsieur is dedicated solely to France's version of the grilled cheese and the results are tasty. Sandwiches are ordered on a first-name basis, like the Mr. Charley, Mr. James and Mr. George.
It tried a Mr. Henry, a classic croque made with cheese, in this case gruyere, Jambon de Paris (ham), on Amy's sourdough bread. It was cooked until golded brown with cheese oozing from the center with a layer of bechamel sauce. It was quite good. Other cheeses are offered, including can a French raclette, fontina and a house blend. A sister sandwich, called Madame Anais, gets an egg on top. We counted a total of 17 croques on the menu, including one with mushroom ragout, a French version of a tuna melt and another made with roasted turkey, fresh sage, provolone cheese and cranberry sauce. Breakfast and dessert croques are also served along with a nice assortment of coffee drinks.
The restaurant itself has an inviting café feel with tiled floors and antique counters with marble tops. Seating is limited with just a handful of window seats. We found the service to be friendly and polite.
Review By: Thomas Rafael