Maison Kayser
355 Greenwich St.
(at Harrison)
Bakery/Coffee, French
More casual than fancy

Walking into Maison Kayser’s Tribeca outpost can be a shock, inducing strong feelings of nostalgia for the Harrison, a neighborhood institution in that location for 14 years. And yet the space is undeniably pretty, especially when the big doors are opened onto Greenwich Street. Carving up the room with interior walls proved smart, creating a new sense of intimacy and buffering the dining area from the takeout counter. With grab-and-go containers labeled “le quinoa” and “la caesar” and servers in Breton shirts, suspenders, and ankle-length aprons, the Frenchiness brings to mind Le District in Brookfield Place. But Maison Kayser mines more soigné territory: There’s molding on the walls, orange and tan banquettes, a tile floor, bentwood chairs, marble tabletops on cast-iron bases, Duralex glassware, and framed vintage Elle covers and French postcards. Breads, pastries, and premade sandwiches and salads are available from the takeout counter. The big dining room is for waiter-service only, and Maison Kayser is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Note: No alcohol.

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