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Chez le Chef - Established 1987
Established 1987. Brunch everyday with live music. Party room idea for business meetings or special occasions!
Director John Huston had Frederic flown to the set of "Night of the Iguana" in Mexico City to whip up his specialties for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
Frederic was also sent to create fantasy pastry delights for 5,000 VIPs and 74 Kings and royal guests including Prince Charles of England at the Independence celebration. Princess Grace, Coco Channel and scores of other celebrities are included on his always growing list of devoted admirers and fans.
His international awards include: Gold and Silver Medals, at the Saudi Food Exhibition Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Golden Whisk Award, Swiss Hotel Group Zurich and Winner of the title of Best Pastry Chef in West Germany.
His affiliations include Patissier, Hotel Ritz, Paris; International Vice President and Worldwide Food Consultant of Les Toque Blanches (a professional chefs association based in Paris); President and Founder (1981-88) of the Saudi Arabian Chapter of Les Toques Blanches; Member of the Chaine Des Rotisseurs; President Saudi Arabian Chapter (1982-86) World Association of Cook Societies; Verband Der Koeche Deutschlands (The German Pastry Chefs and Cooks Association)
Comments About Chez Le Chef
"When you first walk into Chez Le Chef Inc, you'll probably find yourself doing a double take. From bustling, buzzing Lexington Avenue, you're suddenly transported to a quaint little bistro/bakery somewhere in Europe. Piles of pastries twirl around in long glass display counters, newspaper articles and posters written in a myriad of languages adorn the walls, and German pop standards emit from the speakers. It's exactly the kind of atmosphere owner Chef Frederic was hoping for when he opened Chez Le Chef Inc in 1987, and boy, does he get it right.
After eyeing all the doughy delectables in the cafe downstairs my friend and I were whisked upstairs into the dining room. While not very spacious, the room is intimate enough for a date and roomy enough for dinner with friends. What makes up for any lack of space is the menu. It's huge! The lists of teas and coffees alone take up their own pages, while the extensive food choices range from scrambled eggs to sea scallops. Everything is based on German cuisine, but Chef Frederic is obviously no stranger to all kinds of international tastes..."
"Here's a great little casual, cafe date--the perfect place for breakfast, brunch, or late supper and a fine choice for a casual dinner, too. But it's simply required that you're into food and that you go there hungry, because nothing gives the charming and eccentric Chef Frederic more pleasure than to feed you.
A bistro upstairs, a patisserie downstairs, the first thing you'll see when you enter is a feast for the eyes of revolving desserts: muffins, danish, pain aux raisins, brioche, pain perdu (don't miss trying this original French toast invention, hot and crunchy on the outside and soft inside!), caramelized palmiers, extravagant custom cakes (ask the chef to show you his book of cakes). Nowhere in town is there a better or more impressive bakery, and in the back you can look through the glass together and watch Frederic, in his tall chef's hat and huge white handlebar moustache, turn out colorful confection after confection or put the finishing berries on his latest gooey masterpiece.
Not just desserts though, the whimsically-
Nevertheless, all that said; here's the real special event; Breakfast in Bed. Order a basket filled with the Chef's creations and he'll package it all beautifully with a fresh rose and have it delivered to your door. Your basket might include some croissants, danish, cappuccinos, fresh oj's, a small bottle of champagne, cheese, pates, heart shaped cookies and pain perdu..."
Hours and Location Information
127 Lexington Ave # A
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 685-1888
Open 9 am to 9pm everyday, closed Tuesdays.
Space available for special occassions after 11pm
Reservations must be made if you want to stay after 9pm
Free delivery within 5 block radius!