Brunch idea: Maman serves up southern French home-cooking in New York City


Brunch is such a thing in New York that some Sundays, the pressure to have firm plans and beat the crowds makes me just want to crawl back under the covers and stay tucked in 'til Monday. Not today. This morning, I rallied down to Nolita to meet up with Rachel, who'd invited me to check out Maman NYC (which officially opens tomorrow, Monday), opened by Michelin-star Chef Armand Arnal, restaurateur Benjamin Sormonte, and event designer Elisa Marshall. The cozy, homey space serves up traditional southern French cooking and sells specially imported packaged goods and bakery items. Fair to say, I'm smitten


My favorite dish at brunch? The red rice salad with sweet and sour eggplant ratatouille. The red rice is imported direct from the organic farm at Chef Arnal's restaurant in Camargue.


Maman NYC is at 239 Centre Street, between Grand and Broome in New York City.
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