Maison Kayser Brings a bit of Paris to Brooklyn
by John Dunham
One of the great things about traveling to Paris (or France in general) is the food. Paris is filled with wonderful cafes, bakeries, and bistros, serving everything from fine coffees, to flaky croissants, to croquet monsieur sandwiches. Parisians flock to these boisterous, overflowing spaces at all times for meals, to socialize or to just be part of the Parisian scene.
Americans are hard-pressed to find places that re-create that experience, but now you can a bit of it in Downtown Brooklyn at 57 Court Street with the opening of the latest outpost of Maison Kayser, a boulangerie founded by Eric Kayser in Paris in 1996, which already has seven outposts in Manhattan.
Born into a family of French bakers, dating back four generations, Eric Kayser has been recognized as one of the world’s most talented bakers. He opened his first Maison Kayser in the United States, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and was quickly recognized as having the best baguette in the City by New York Magazine. All of the breads and other items served by Maison Kayser are made without additives or preservatives, and the baked goods are prepared from only natural flours.
We had the privilege of attending the opening of the new Brooklyn location and were greeted by not only Mr. Kayser’s wonderful baking but fantastic soups, cheeses, charcuterie and other bistro foods, but also a lovely quartet which brought back the feeling of the Left Bank. While the lovely Champagne and music at the party may not be available every day, the new restaurant features a wide selection of food and beverages from an extensive storefront bakery featuring breads, pastries and at least four types of croissant, a lovely café with delicious coffee beverages, and an extensive grab and go case with salads, sandwiches and other French delicacies prepared for the busy business crowd on Court Street. The pastries look like little jewels, and taste even better than they look. This brings another benefit to Downtown Brooklyn and environs: a place to pick up high quality bread and pastries for home or to bring as a hostess gift as all the area doesn’t have any bakeries.
Behind the glass-enclosed kitchen and bakery there is an approximately 100 seat bistro with a very French flair featuring an extensive menu of favorites ranging from quiche, to onion soup to coq au vin. While the prices are a bit above those in the neighborhood, the space and quality of the food is well above other local establishments, making Maison Kayser a good addition to Brooklyn’s new restaurant row.
For more information on Maison Kayser visit: http://maison-kayser-usa.com/