La Maison Du Croque Monsieur is the new kid on the block. The warmly-lit, two-story cafe on East 13th Street is but a few months old, and it is dedicated to one of my favorite French foods, something I ate almost on a daily basis during my month is Paris – the toasted ham, cheese and bechamel sauce sandwich known as the croque monsieur. La Maison is the brainchild of the owners of another New York favorite, the Belgian Petite Abeille.
The new cafe serves numerous variations of the classic and they are split into four categories: Classics, New Croques, Breakfast Croques and Sweet ones. The sandwiches include fun ingredients like portobello mushrooms, smoked mozzarella, fresh sage, truffle oil, and goat cheese. All the cheese at La Maison is sourced by the famed NY cheesemonger, Murray’s Cheese. Another cool thing is that the treats are named after famous authors!
Rene and I decided to explore the place last week. We tried several variations and they were all delicious, satisfying and under $9 each.
What I love about La Maison’s offerings is how portable they are. Not only are they served in perfectly sized paper baggies, but they don’t fall apart when you take a bite.
Of course we had to try the Mr. Rene, with Vache Qui Rit cheese (The Laughing Cow) and strawberry preserves, and I must say, the combination of melted cheese and preserves is gravely underestimated.
I look forward to sampling the rest of their menu, which I hope will be in the very near future.
If this post got you all hot and bothered, check out my recipe for the Monsieur’s lady counterpart – The Croque Madame.