Fashion Week, and the hustle and bustle of Hudson Street, New York, can really get you exhausted quickly. I’ve found myself taking breaks in boutiques and cafe’s in Midtown, alike. Starbucks is my home away from home thanks to Frappuccino delights, but it was Le Pain Quotidien – a few meters away from New York Fashion Week’s Skylight Clarkson Square base – where I spent every day filling up my Instagram feed, and my tummy.
“Le Pain Quotidien is a bakery-restaurant group founded in Brussels in 1990 by Alain Coumont. It is an international chain of bakery-restaurants. It carries an array of baked goods and coffee drinks as well as a dine-in food menu.”
I was just looking for a quick meal and time to elevate my feet, and this branch of the bakery-restaurant seemed convenient; But it seems, it is also a well-known hangout spot for ‘fash-packs’ which actually eat. The communal table at the restaurants center, has brought together corporate professionals, fashion influencers, rushing families, lifestyle healthy-nuts, celebrities like Sienna Miller, and bodyguards alike, enjoy the rustic ambiance while nibbling on a feast of simple dishes made with high-quality ingredients.
I did forgo chocolate cake today, for one of Le Pain Quotidien’s Pain Au Chocolat, and a sip of Belgium Mocha.
This could have been its own breakfast/lunch snack, but it made for a light-hearted dessert comfort.
I get why it’s worthy of franchising globally.
It serves pretty good baked goods and food. It may not have the menu variety or eclectic decor lauded by other New York restaurants, but it can be trusted for its flavorsome consistency, free WiFi and wholesome ambiance.
The service is the only bone of contention, within the restaurant section of the King & Hudson branch.
Le Pain Quotidien
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
Mon – Fri: 7:00am – 8:00pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00am – 4:00pm