Maison Kayser

Maison Kayser

(Now Closed)
Bakery and Café$$$$
Upper East Side, New York
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  • citizenM
    citizenMOctober 15, 2014
    For a real taste of Paris (artisanal freshly baked baguettes, buttery croissants and foamy cappuccinos) our favorite spot is Maison Kayser. Great for breakfast, lunch, or a late afternoon treat. Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    If the classic French sweets don't entice you, sit down in the café for a full menu of hearty soups, salads, and hot cocottes. Read more
  • Carly H.heart icon on user image
    Carly HeitlingerFebruary 2, 2015
    This is one of nyc's best brunches. A perfect place to enjoy your favorite french foods in a great atmosphere. I love the salmon tart one! Oh, and the waiters wear striped shirts!
  • Diane B.
    Diane BOctober 26, 2013
    Pink Praline Brioche was flavorless and a total waste of calories. But the almond croissant was amazing! Nice even spread of marzipan across the entire croissant. Fabulous! Cappuccino was perfection.
  • Azhar B.
    Azhar BayJanuary 13, 2020
    French onion soup with a fresh baguette and salted butter was a perfect combination. Desserts with a cup of tea completely made my day, especially a tart with pistachio and apricots is a must try! 🥰
  • PureWow
    PureWowNovember 29, 2016
    If you feel overwhelmed by the number of options (pistachio éclairs? apple cinnamon brioche?), just remember, you can't go wrong with a classic croissant and a café au lait. Read more
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterSeptember 2, 2017
    Stop in to get a ham & cheese croissant & their amazingly refreshing Summer Tropical Garden Herbal Iced Tea -a blend of mango, pineapple, papaya & peach flavor! 😋
  • Jason H.heart icon on user image
    Jason H.June 29, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    A little bit of Europe on the Upper East side. Wonderful fresh baked breads with jam along with great coffee and breakfast dishes makes for a huge leap up from the Upper East Side diner breakfasts.
  • Nina
    NinaAugust 19, 2013
    Really great food. I lied in France for 2 yrs and know good French food. This salmon tartine was delicious, light, and fresh. Service wasn't good- Staying true to its roots of being French. ;)
  • jessica m. h.
    Best Baguette: baguette Monge-slightly swollen at middle & slender at tips, crackly outer crust yielding to a moist, almost damp crumb...tastes buttery w/o butter, rich & complex w. a subtle tang.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    Even the simplest tart is a beauty. The raspberry tart has a crisp pastry shell full of a soft, almond-kissed cake, pastry cream, and as many fresh raspberries as it can hold. Read more
  • Gabriel E.
    Gabriel EvansNovember 3, 2015
    Delicious French pastries. Obviously the chocolate croissant is a must, but the Yuzu pastry is also good!
  • Katie L.heart icon on user image
    Katie LarusseDecember 2, 2015
    I went there for brunch, which was great, but pretty basic to my taste. However, it's an amazing bakery and the only place in NY where you can find legit French bread! Also, go for the desserts!
  • the Lala
    the LalaNovember 13, 2015
    They have other Maison Kayser locations in Manhattan, but I prefer to enjoy my Saint Honore with a coffee either on a bench in Central Park or in their bistro after a visit to the Met (or the Frick!). Read more
  • Huaisi C.heart icon on user image
    Huaisi CenOctober 8, 2015
    Favorite place for brunch, like the one made in small pot with salmon. Nice place to meet friends in the morning. They also serve great bread.
  • Mafe S.heart icon on user image
    Mafe Sotillo LairetApril 5, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Their tartines are amazing. As well as their almond croissants. Their white chocolate brioche is absolutely delicious! Everything here is awesome, so you can just order anythig!
  • Carly H.heart icon on user image
    Carly HeitlingerFebruary 11, 2015
    Put Maison Kayser at the top of your must-visit places. I love it!!! The salmon tartine is my favorite. (PS The waiters wear stripes!)
  • Kelsey K.heart icon on user image
    Kelsey KluteFebruary 16, 2015
    Best croissants EVEERRRRR. And anything with scrambled eggs. In not sure what they put in those eggs, but I want to eat them for every meal!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJune 10, 2013
    The beastly Plie au Chocolat features an ample dose of pastry cream and chocolate chips that will give you a first class seat on the Feel-Good Express from the first bite.
  • Jacqueline K.
    Jacqueline KDecember 31, 2012
    Pain de Gruyere = to die for. Your mouth won't know what to do except smile :) Get a loaf to go if the bakery line isn't too long. If so, you can buy at the table at restaurant price for $0.50 more.
  • Sam W.heart icon on user image
    Sam WinnickMay 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The best pastries ever. The white chocolate brioche and the chocolate croissant are incredible. Also all the cookies.
  • Karla S.heart icon on user image
    Karla SosaApril 1, 2015
    Pastries and viennoiseries are delicious. I usually come for brunch; an amazing selection of French breakfast foods, all fantastic! The service is always quick and friendly.
  • Angie J.heart icon on user image
    Angie JenieApril 23, 2017
    Good brunch/lunch spot. Crowded but not a long wait. Love the norwegian eggs benedict, onion soup, and their mesclun salad.
  • Abigail K.
    Abigail KofflerAugust 15, 2014
    Get a tartine, the bread is amazing! The grilled vegetable one has banaganoush
  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HOctober 23, 2012
    Reasonably pretentious as could be expected but the baguette was good and the steak tar tar appetizer was JUST RIGHT with a little salt & pepper
  • Erica F.
    Erica FinleySeptember 3, 2013
    I went here on @collegeprepster's reco — the saumon fumé was impeccable, and the ambience is too fun. Great iced coffee, too.
  • Cesar H.heart icon on user image
    Cesar HuntJune 11, 2017
    Try the almond croissant! You can't go wrong with any of the tartines, everything is absolutely delicious!
  • Jinnie L.
    Jinnie LFebruary 27, 2015
    smoked salmon platter is so good but my favorite dish is croque madame♡ don't forget to try their coffee n chocolate croissant!
  • Eatery Expert
    Eatery ExpertSeptember 2, 2012
    Perfect place for breakfast meeting, girls lunch/brunch or anything involving parents. Exceptional French desserts and pastries, great steak tartare and excellent gazpacho.
  • jonathan h.
    jonathan hegranesApril 9, 2013
    breakfasts are amazing... killer egg dishes. only complaint is no alcoholic brunch beverages. so if you *need* a mimosa or bloody mary, this isn't the right place.
  • Jackson Harris
    Jackson HarrisDecember 9, 2015
    French coffee and breads here are their specialty. They also have some great things to eat like eggs and freshly made croissants
  • Ellen G.
    Ellen GreenbergJuly 9, 2014
    Try the Mochaccino mouse soo delicious and beautifully presented. My friend and I could not finish.
  • Gillianheart icon on user image
    GillianJune 19, 2016
    Chocolate almond croissants were some of the best I've ever had, not too heavy or oily. We had lunch - salad was good, salmon was amazing.
  • Robert S.
    Robert SApril 19, 2015
    Very tasty brunch, with fresh house baked breads and pastries. It's BYOB / bring your own bottle, if you want a drink.
  • Leslie T.
    Leslie TAugust 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You must absolutely get the financiers (mini ones available too), and the madeleines. The breads are also the best in all of NYC.
  • Marcelo B.
    Marcelo BombardelliMarch 18, 2013
    Been to this pastry shop in 3 different countries and they're all outstandingly good. Chocolate financier, the "madalenas" and croissants are a MUST.
  • Jason B.heart icon on user image
    Jason BrewSeptember 6, 2015
    Not only a great bakery and coffee shop but also a really great restaurant attached. Stop in for a weekend breakfast
  • Amy N.heart icon on user image
    Amy N.February 29, 2016
    Try the elderflower lemonade (kind of like lychee) and the pain perdu!
  • Gab2yheart icon on user image
    Gab2yJuly 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    French onion soup is great. Pre fixe lunch special is a great deal. You can take your dessert to-go.
  • Anastasia B.heart icon on user image
    Anastasia BezverkhaOctober 21, 2014
    Coffee and the fresh bread. Overall, everything is delicious. Great brunch spot, but always super busy on weekends. ☕️🍳🍞
  • Gabriella N.heart icon on user image
    Gabriella NarvaezAugust 10, 2014
    One of my favorite slots for both sweet and savory items. Definitely try their chocolate almond croissant.
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterSeptember 2, 2017
    Their ham & cheese croissant is gooey & delish! 😋
  • Connie C.heart icon on user image
    Connie ChiuNovember 7, 2016
    The giant cookies are amazing. My favs are the ginger, coffee, and pistachio ones.
  • Mari A.
    Mari AbeJanuary 18, 2013
    When run of the mill cupcake shops just won't do, head to Maison Kaiser for a tart citron meringue or chocolate eclair. Both perfection.
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HAugust 9, 2012
    Try the Croque-Monsieur. I promise it's like none you've ever had in NYC. They serve it Tartine style- so not overwhelmingly heavy but incredibly rich
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle C.September 10, 2012
    Tasting Table write up: almond financier, lemon tart, praline cream Paris-Brest and the croissant-hybrid plié filled w/egg custard and chocolate.
  • Daniel C.heart icon on user image
    Daniel ChvatikJune 27, 2015
    Croque Madam at the restaurant or Pain de Gruyere at the bakery are to die for.
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CheungAugust 28, 2013
    Whatever, whatever. Good but never amazing. The sugar cubes they have for coffee and tea are a nice touch though.
  • Nikki B.
    Nikki BeauchampSeptember 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Adored the crabe y guacamole. Perfect nosh for light lunch!
  • jonathan h.
    jonathan hegranesApril 9, 2013
    there will likely be a line.... fortunately you can pick out a great snack from the bakery while you wait.
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