But because this will always be New York and not Paris, laptops are allowed in the large room downstairs for those studying and working during the day. Upstairs, one can pretend for a minute that their only goal for the day is to watch people on the street and finish several cups of creamy coffee. One can also pretend that a constant flow of bistro food is necessary as well, and enjoy a Croque Monsieur with proscuitto cotto and gruyere cheese or a Croque Champignon with even more gruyere and a layer of roasted mushrooms. The food is impeccably fresh and well-suited for the brunch lovers of New York, not only with light egg options and salads, but also with some welcome surprises like Steak Tartare with shallots, cornichons, and a quail egg, as well as the Foie Gras au Torchon, with apricot jam, fleur de sel, and toast. The menu is confident in what it offers, and after just a whiff of the rich flavors coming from behind the quaint kitchen doors, it's impossible not to indulge.