For my weekend my wife and I drove up to NYC to spend the weekend with some friends. On Saturday night we were walking around town waiting for a surprise they had in store for me. All I knew is to dress up and that we had to be there at a given time. While we were waiting our friend Mario steered us to Le Pain Quotidien, a small bakery and restaurant about a block away from Lincoln Center. Since we had been walking for quite a while, I had a refreshing mint lemonade.
I ordered the Rustic Tuna Tartine (an open faced sandwich) with Hummus & White Bean with diced tomatoes and basil pesto.
We also had the Smoked Atlantic Salmon with avocado and chopped chives as they had run out of dill, I believe
as well as the Prosciutto & Mozzarella di Bufala with sun-dried tomatoes and basil pesto
and finally the Avocado “PLT” Tartine crispy prosciutto, lettuce and tomato with herbed dressing which was a seasonal specialty.
Overall, I the most fascinating thing about eating there was the absolute simplicity of excellent ingredients and an huge amount of forethought that went into these flavors. It was very obvious to us that someone had spent a great deal of time pairing up these flavors and the result was undeniably delicious! Fortunately Le Pain Quotidien is fairly omnipresent in New York (and many other places) so if you see one, be sure to drop in. Also, be sure to buy a jar of their Noisella, a slightly less sweet spread similar to Nutella (or one of their many other spreads covered by the Mostly About Chocolate blog)