After Payard Patisserie and Bistro closed in June of 2009 one of most common topics of conversation among UES food connoisseurs was when and where Payard would open another shop. On Monday (Oct 29th) they will get there wish when “FP Patisserie” opens to the public. This shop is very different from the three FPB-branded NYC bakeries.
“This is a Patisserie–maybe [it's] too French! But it’s very elegant” said Payard. The vibe is super-classy and super elegant, with a large–and striking chandelier with hand-blown glass elements, and comfy leather banquettes in the back “parlor” room. Payard says the three sections of the shop are meant to evoke three different feelings. The front of the shop containing the pasty and macaron case is meant to be very modern–the pastry case, for example is a cutting-edge model that opens from the outside with a hydraulic piston to hold the door up. A special air circulation system keeps temperature and humidity at optimal macaron or pastry levels. There’s a black glass mirror behind the counter–it’s all very sleek. (more…)