Just when you thought Roosevelt Field had reached restaurant saturation point, along comes Le Pain Quotidien (French for “daily bread”), set to launch Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the new Neiman Marcus retail wing.
The spacious new table service eatery is part of an international chain that started 25 years ago in Brussels. Distinguishing features include an outdoor patio and a communal table made from reclaimed wood.
On the menu are such breakfast and brunch items as a Belgian waffle, “organic” brown rice pudding, brioche French toast and a smoked salmon and scallion omelet. For lunch or dinner, there are tartines (Belgian open-faced sandwiches) featuring the likes of oven-roasted chicken with smoked mozzarella, prosciutto with pear and fig and smoked salmon with avocado and dill. You’ll also find a kale Caesar salad, quiche Lorraine, a six vegetable tart on a gluten-free buckwheat crust, baked mac and cheese, a Tunisian chicken stew and an artisanal cheese and charcuterie board. The costliest menu item, at $16.95, is slow-braised beef with polenta.
Breads and pastries aren't made on premises but are delivered daily from the chain's main bakery in Manhattan.
Le Pain Quotidien is open Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.