Greenwich Village’s newest French restaurant is all about sandwiches. La Maison du Croque Monsieur located on 17 E. 13th St. centers its menu around the croque monsieur, a grilled ham and cheese sandwich similar to an American grilled cheese.
Yves Jadot, one of the restaurant’s owners said there is one special ingredient that is entirely unique to the croque monsieur. It’s called béchamel, a white sauce made up of flour, milk, salt and pepper. The classic croque monsieur is also generally open-faced, but La Maison is willing to make changes to accommodate their customers.
“We make them [closed-faced] because people want it on the go,” Jadot said.
The restaurant has a variety of croque monsieur sandwiches, ranging from the classic ham and cheese sandwich on toasted sourdough to croques with banana and Nutella. The menu is separated into four categories: classic, new, breakfast and sweet.
Each item on the menu is also named after a certain person, such as the classic Mr. Henry or the Mr. Gonzalo. Each name has an interesting story behind it, such as the Mme. Anaïs, named after Anaïs Nin, the famous author who used to live in the building. Other sandwiches have names such as the Mr. Gore, named after Gore Vidal, which has a combination of mushrooms, su
ndried tomatoes, goat cheese and pine nuts.
According to Jadot, the restaurant is inspired by the local neighborhood, especially the NYU community.
“We know how expensive it is to study in the city, so we made a product that was affordable,” he said.
Most sandwiches are priced around $7.00, with sides such as coleslaw or chips for only a couple of dollars extra, making the restaurant a good destination for students who want quality food for a relatively low price.
Even though La Maison du Croque Monsieur is inspired by the Greenwich Village community, the restaurant’s interior is reminiscent of a quaint French bistro. Antiquated lamps and mirrors line the second floor of the building, where most of the tables are located, creating a very relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a well-made sandwich.
La Maison du Croque Monsieur also has plans to start a delivery service soon, and Steinhardt freshman Rachel Lindsey is looking forward to the prospect of delivery to local students.
“It’s so good. I can’t wait until they start delivering,” Lindsey said. “I’ll have dinner for the rest of my life.”
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 print edition. Jonathan Keshishoglou is a staff writer. Email him at email@example.com.