Maison Kayser in NYC

Interior of Maison Kayser Pastries in the display case
Interior of Maison Kayser and pastries in the display case

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.

Pastries brought back home Maison Kayser brioche praline
Hazelnut millefeuille for breakfast Citron (lemon) tart
Cheese bread loaf
Brioche praline, hazelnut millefeuille, lemon tart, and a loaf of cheese bread I ate

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):

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Maison Kayser

Official website: http://www.maison-kayser.com/en/
1294 3rd Ave (at 74th St)
New York, NY 10021
(212) 744-3100


I shoot, eat, and drink. My full time job is a hospital administrator. Moonlighting as a freelance photographer and food and travel writer.