Located in the West Village, an area that can itself feel far removed from the rest of the city, Buvette seems like a portal to a quaint corner of Europe. The small French café is a charming and delicious spot for breakfast or lunch, though they do serve food all day. If you don’t live in the West Village, it’s hard to imagine a time when you’d stop by for a leisurely breakfast, at least during the week. If you have a day off though, or you’re touring friends around, this is the kind of spot to make time for – if anything it will certainly impress. It’s the closest I have come to feeling like I’m back in Europe with espresso perfection and one of the best Croque Monsieurs in the city. The waiters are also nice to look at too! ;)
Cappuccino: I’ve had the Americana and the Cappuccino here and both are great. I’m always partial to a cappuccino though.
Croissants: You get two tiny croissants with butter and raspberry jam. Though I would have preferred larger croissants, these were buttery, fluffy and delicious. The butter and raspberry jam were the perfect side spreads.
Steamed: The eggs are light and fluffy, steamed via the espresso machine (that’s right). You can get this with prosciutto or smoked salmon; I went the prosciutto route. My only complaint is that I thought the eggs needed a bit of salt. Obviously the prosciutto provides salt on its own, and those mixed bites were delicious, but the eggs themselves could have used a smidgeon more of flavor.
Croque Monsieur: Now this is the sandwich to order. It’s covered in Gruyère inside and out with ham and a herb aioli that just pushes the sandwich to perfection. The bread here, specifically is really fresh and soft. Though a rich and heavy choice, it’s totally worth every bite! I mean… just look at it.
Buvette: 42 Grove St New York, NY ($$)