About a week and a half ago, a Bed-Stuy pâtisserie had its grand opening event. The newcomer, La Table Exquise, looks like it will be a nice addition to the steadily improving Tompkins Avenue.
The Menu: French press coffee and French pastries both to eat in and take out, both savory and sweet. There’s no cappuccino yet, but there will be. The selection will change daily, but there will always be croissants, and then customer favorites will decide what gets made/sold regularly.
Pastries will be made fresh daily. The pastry dough has no sugar, no eggs, and no water. (It is very light and tastes as if it has all those ingredients.) The owners are Mylene and Sebastian (who is also the chef).
I asked: “Why did you choose this location?”
Answer: “We live in the neighborhood, and we love it here.”
I asked them to describe the food.
Mylene: “It will be very, very French. It will taste like Paris.”
Both Mylene and Sebastian are from Paris, France, but they’ve been in NYC for a few years. Sebastian was chef at Buddha Bar and Jules Bistro. He also worked in the catering business for years, and wanted to have his own business, so he and Mylene are excited to have this be their first business together (they’re engaged to be married).
They also offer catering services for parties and will work with people’s budgets. They will have classes every Thursday of up to 15 people, teaching pastry technique. The cost will be $30 per person. Classes will likely start at 6:00 PM.
They don’t have a website yet, but you can visit their Facebook page by clicking here.
La Table Exquise
370 Tompkins Avenue (corner of Putnam)
Open 7 days a week, 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM