In the midst of the mayhem that bustles relentlessly along Seventh Avenue between Times Square and Central Park, there is an oasis that could easily remain the secret place of a few. Without wishing to ruin it for these regulars, the Petrossian Cafe has a mezzanine of small tables pocketed behind the austere offerings of the gourmet frontage where you can pause for lunch or afternoon tea. From the window, caviar and champagne appear to be the order of the day – and they certainly could become so, but tea and tarts were more to our mood yesterday.
The cafe shares the same kitchen that serves the fine dining Petrossian restaurant next door on the corner of 58th and 7th Avenue. This elegant establishment is the flagship for the French family who’s name it bears – along with their legacy of being purveyors of the best caviar in the world for almost four generations. To the great benefit of the cafe, this reputation means the food is exquisite. The pastry on my tart was politely crunchy with sumptuous fruit and a perfect chocolate button to finish. The tea was real, the coffee served in silver pots. And this being New York, you can cafe casually, and then spend $12,400 on a kilo of caviar to take home….