You will be hard pressed to find a more comfortable coffee shop/cafe in the Financial District than French Cafe Gourmand. It is a small space with only five tables for two plus two stools sharing a ledge. Because it is so small, it is unlikely to get too loud and should always be manageable. We didn’t hear music during our visit, which helps, but the size is the main reason the space is mostly comfortable.
The owner of the cafe is genuinely French and she serves a lovely selection of fresh and tasty salads, soups, and sandwiches. There are nice pastries as well–if you like cheese danish this is the place to order it.
French Cafe Gourmand is an odd place for the Financial District, which is a good thing. It’s hard to find a coffee shop that isn’t a chain (or feels like a chain), the food is genuinely good, and the space is a little quirky. One black mark: like many small coffee shops in the city, the cafe does not have a public restroom. Never fear. The nearby World Trade Center Transportation Hub sports a large mall with plenty of clean bathrooms.
French Cafe Gourmand is the most civilized coffee shop in the Financial District. We recommend it.
Monday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
9 Maiden Lane (betw. Broadway and Nassau Street), New York, NY 10038