Maison Kayser opened its first New York City bakery/café back in early last month. This international artisanal bakery was prevalent in Paris when I vacationed at that amazing city back in 2010 (here’s my photo set of just that bakery’s visit in Paris). Back then when I researched the numerous boulangeries (bread bakeries) and patisseries (pastry bakeries), Kayser was mainly known for baking excellent breads (which was true) and does a good job on the pastries (I didn’t get to try them in Paris, only loaves of bread). Since Kayser is here, I might as well go beyond their deliciously crusty breads and venture into the sweets department.
I had their delicious praline brioche ($3.50). Sweet, fluffy brioche that’s densely speckled with coarse, rose-pink candied almond pralines. The hazelnut millefeuille ($5) was truly a decadent dessert. Thick, luscious hazelnut pastry cream sandwiched in between two layers of golden puff pastry. Admittedly, I purchased them before I headed home from work so the puff pastry softened a bit but it was still very good.
The lemon tart ($4.75) was the tart I really needed that day. The lemon pastry cream was rich yet intensely bright, acidic and not too sweet. The tart’s buttery crust was delicate but enough to be a good supporting role to the lemony filling.
I can’t resist a good loaf of bread and ended up getting the cheese loaf ($5). The bread’s crust was superb – not too thick but substantial. The crumb was soft and filled with pockets of wonderful melted Gruyere cheese.
Even though they’re different bread loaves than the one I had in Paris, the ones found in NYC are still pretty darn good. This bakery is a great addition to NYC and I should try out their cafe sometime soon.
To view more of my photos of this bakery’s visit, please scroll through the slideshow below (or click through my Flickr set):