Café Henri, NYC

In the mood for some French comfort food? Look no further than Café Henri in New York’s West Village.

Café Henri's logo

Café Henri's logo

It’s a small and inviting café with about a dozen closely spaced tables. The cute, simple etching of Henri, the owner’s dog, on the glass window and the warm colors used inside help set the tone.

Café au lait at Café Henri

Café au lait at Café Henri

The food is simple French fare: salads, sandwiches, quiches, savory and sweet crepes. Café au laits are served European style–in bowl sized cups–and the espressos are strong. All the cups and bowls have European logos printed on them. Patrons linger over a coffee with a newspaper and may get around to ordering a crepe if the get a sweet tooth.

Espresso at Café Henri

Espresso at Café Henri

For those looking for something more substantial, they have Croque Monsieurs (below) and Croque Madames (A French grilled cheese sandwich with cheese on top, the “madame” variation is the same with a fried egg on top). The food comes out garnished with a spring of rosemary and most come with a side of salad with a light Dijon vinaigrette.

Croque Monsieur at Café Henri

Croque Monsieur at Café Henri

Anyone seeking a place to duck out of New York and pretend you are in an indoor French café would be pleased entering Café Henri. The only thing missing would be the French waiters ignoring and silently judging you. I’m afraid you’ll have to go to Paris for that.


2 Responses to “Café Henri, NYC”

  1. 1 wing and a hare February 27, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I LOVE Cafe Henri! It’s so charming and comfy, and they do indeed let you linger! And the food’s quite tasty! I also love Milk and Cookies (from another of your New York posts) — the Chocolate Mint cookies are delicious!

    • 2 fritish March 2, 2009 at 12:24 am

      I could sit at Cafe Henri and drink espressos and read a book for hours. There is just something so pleasant about that place that feels like home.

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