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Le Pain Quotidien

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Address: 70 W 40th St
City: New York, NY
Zip: 10018
Phone: (212) 354-5224
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Map: Map
Cuisine: Coffee Shops
2nd Cuisine: Cafe
Area: West 40s
Takeout: Yes
Delivery: No


Maybe it's me but I find sharing tables a bit intimidating.  I have no problem when it's in the middle of Chinatown where no one is speaking English, but plop me down in a table full of hipsters and that's another story.  Maybe that's why I never fully experienced Le Pain Quotidien except for maybe a cup of coffee on the run.  That all ended  when I squeezed into a center seat in a long sharing table at a location across from Bryant Park on 40th Street, and I'm glad I did.

The staff is super friendly, the food fantastic and the laid back scene not nearly as scary as feared.  In fact, for a solo diner it offers a welcome respite.

For lunch I ordered a spinach fritata with a large side salad.  Pieces of fritata + yogurt dip = pure bliss.  The salad is no slouch either with its vibrant greens and a tangy dressing.  Paper thin slices of raw sweet potatoes provided an unxpected surprise.  My cappuccino was also the real deal with a thick foamy head, something I had forgotten even existed after several disappointing stops at Starbucks. The meal cost $18, but well worth it especially when you slather some of their homemade jams on slices of freshly baked breads.

The restaurant offers a number of other options including a nice selection of baked goods.  By now I'm sure fans are saying,  where the hell have you been.  My answer is better late than never!

Review By: Thomas Rafael