Maman is a charming café/bakery on Centre Street that I've been frequenting quite often especially lately. The rustic and eclectic space with whitewashed brick walls and distressed wood floors is quaintly decorated with bunny figurines, vintage photos and mix and match ceramics. The back dining room has the comfort of sitting in someone''s chic French country style home which is apt since "maman" means mother in French. With Michelin starred French chef Armand Arnal in charge, the food is solid as well. The menu features a revolving selection of family inspired French and American home cooking recipes. Savory options include quiches, salads, sandwiches, soups and seasonal specials like ratatouille, lasagna and shepherd's pie. Everything I've tried (see below for pics) has been fresh and delicious. I've noticed that a number of their daily offerings are usually vegetarian friendly as well. The bakery serves up an assortment of breads and pastries throughout the day and they're well known for a most delicious chocolate chip cookie. I can't attest to it since I don't really eat cookies but my friends who've tried it say it's pretty darn good. I have broken my ban on sweets for their Nutella madeleines and it's worth it! They serve Toby's Estate Coffee and Sloane Tea and these beverages come in the prettiest printed cups. I'm a fan of their matcha almond lattes and I'm looking forward to trying it cold as the weather warms up. The staff is usually friendly though there can be some frenzy during the lunch rush. You can dine in or take out so if you happen to be in the neighborhood, I'd recommend stopping by.
239 Centre Street (Grand &Broome)
New York City