What a charming little place! A Michelin star bakery/ cafe by Armand Arnal located in the heart of SoHo in NYC, you would easily miss this if you didn't know it was there. And a good thing too, because it's too great of a tiny hidden gem and way too limited in seating for a whole lot of people to find it!
The interior, though very narrow, is a true delight- with a very country feel- wood panel flooring, a tree branch installation and wood furniture. The counter with the food display is at the front of the cafe, then you walk through a short narrow corridor and get to the slightly larger seating area in the back- with around 4 pinewood tables, including a large communal one.
Frequented mainly by students, this charming cafe serves fantastic coffee, nice fresh salads and simple brunch items, including sandwiches and croissants. We ordered the quinoa salad, tomato mozzarella sandwich, a croissant, hot chocolate and a latte.
The blue and white brand features prominently in the cafe, and small touches like the handwritten labels on the milk containers and messages written by hand on the cafe's glass window, makes it feel like you are in someone's cottage in the middle of the city.
Information: Maman is very easy to miss so if you're going for the first time keep your eyes wide open! They are located at 239 Center Street between Grand and Broome. Tel: 212 226 0700.
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