February 27, 2020
Visit Maman to Find Your New Favorite Cozy Café
Whether you’re new to the area or are a longtime NoMad resident, it never hurts to keep an eye out for those hidden gems in the neighborhood that can quickly become a favorite spot for a quick lunch or snack break. If you haven’t visited yet, Maman — conveniently located on 25th Street — is just the place to try.
Founded by Benjamin Sormonte and Elisa Marshall, Maman (meaning mom/mother in French) came to NoMad in 2018 after successfully serving the SoHo area since 2014. The pair drew from their fondest childhood memories and family recipes to create a cafe as homey as its name suggests. They also designed the space’s warm interior, with white walls, soft lighting, wooden furniture, and lush greenery creating the ambiance of a natural haven.
The cozy restaurant offers Southern French-inspired cafe fare for breakfast and lunch on weekdays and brunch on weekends, as well as a revolving assortment of pastries throughout the day (including daily quiche specials that are always worth a taste). Indulge in Maman’s decadent breakfast sandwich with homemade bourbon bacon jam, avocado, and roasted tomato on a cornmeal focaccia bun, or sample the original sandwiches and salads, which are fresh and inventive enough to keep you committed to a healthier lifestyle with some added perks — the Tawni salad, for instance, comes with a side of smoky cocoa hot sauce, while the waffle-iron salad is topped with two satisfyingly greasy hashbrowns.
The real showstopper, however, is indisputably the signature nutty chocolate chip cookie, which was one of Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2017 and is still hailed as one of the best chocolate chip cookies in the city. (For an insider’s tip: Make sure to ask for these early in the morning, as they’re quickly snatched up by the time the lunch crush rolls around).
Though the cafe is walk-in only, Maman also doubles as an event space that may be reserved in advance. Regardless of whether you’re planning for something special or everyday dining, the cafe’s beautiful interior and delectable menu will make Maman your go-to for any and all NoMad occasions.
22 West 25th Street
Monday to Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.