Less playful than Milk Bar, more modern than Ferrara: The cafe at Patisserie Chanson will open on March 20 in the Flatiron (20 W. 23rd Street), followed by its lower-level dessert bar with cocktails on April 6.
It’s the first solo project from Rory Macdonald, who had been head of pastry for Hakkasan restaurants. Before that he’d been in Spain with Arzak and London’s Pearl Restaurant, now closed.
Expect a daytime menu of breads and pastries, sandwiches, salads, and soups on the ground-level cafe. There’s also afternoon tea, eclairs, macarons, caramels, chocolate, and coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
Downstairs it’s a dessert tasting menu at night, such as one course with truffle popcorn, olive oil gelato, passionfruit thyme cracker, black truffle marshmallow, and yuzu honey meringue. Other desserts include Brillat Savarin cheesecake, pomegranate beet sorbet, and Fernet Branca bubble tea.
Hecho Inc., behind Speedy Romeo and Stanton Social, designed the two-level space.