Le Pain Quotidien (which means “The daily bread”)is a French bakery started by Alain Coumont (who is actually from Belgium). This bakery/restaurant uses mostly organic and fresh ingredients and environmentally friendly decorations and supplies. Basically, the entire place is good for you, your community, and your world.
It is famous for it’s bread which is made from organic flour, salt, and water, and kneaded by hand, and bake fresh daily. All the yummy yummy pastries, brownies, and croissants are also made fresh every day. They also sale some of their homemade products. You can buy jams, chocolates, granola, and more.
This restaurant has it’s regular tables that sit 2 to 4 people, but they really prefer that you sit at the long communal table found in the center of each restaurant. The owner of this restaurant wants us to feel like a community, even in the big city. You are encouraged to sit next to a stranger, meet someone new, or read one of the books found int he middle of the table.
Lucky for me this restaurant can be found exactly one block away from my apartment. And MUCH too my surprise…it can also be found all over NYC, and several other big cities. I just discovered yesterday that this place is a pretty popular chain. I really thought we were SO VERY LUCKY to have this quaint little French bakery right in our neighborhood. I guess we are still lucky, but so are lots of other people!
During my future in-laws visit we ate here twice, because once is just not enough.
Before I go, I should also mention that the servers here are very friendly. Our poor waitress had to put up with a repulsive woman next to us who continuously yelled at her, complained to a manager because she accidently dropped one of our tiny cups of dipping sauce, and was the most disrespectful customer I have ever seen, and the waitress still served her with a smile. I think I was more upset than the waitress.
That’s all for now, maybe we can meet one day for lunch at the communal table?