Paris via New York—La Maison du Croque Monsieur


Artist, and cookbook and guidebook author Betty Guernsey is a frequent contributor to this blog. Here’s her latest find:

It’s not at all hard to imagine yourself on the Boulevard St-Mich’, at La Maison du Croque Monsieur, 17 East 13th Street in the Village – partly because it’s smack in the middle of NYU and New School territory, and partly because of its ambience, two narrow floors lined with clever cut-paper portraits of Anais Nin and the men in her life (Henry Miller, husband Hugo, Lawrence Durrell, Edmund Wilson, Gore Vidal, Antonin Arnaud).

In this tiny establishment, classic Croque Monsieur is the M. Henry, Croque Madame is Mme Anais, with another dozen or so croques named in honor of the various lovers.

All are made with pain de mie, and there’s even a menu of specialty breakfast croques served until 11 am.

The croques are formidable, the prices raisonnable — little wonder it’s become an instant hit with students or locals with tablets or laptops, working their way through the menu with a glass of red or white win or a mug of La Colombe coffee on the side.

Merci mille fois, Betty!

Dear readers: Have you eaten at La Maison du Croque Monsieur? What’s your favorite croque?