Our visit to Mon Petit Cafe was brief as we only had time for a rushed lunch, but we wished we could have lingered. The cafe, which has been a neighborhood staple for over 30 years, offers French bistro classics in a comfortable space. We enjoyed our meal and found the space to be pleasant, in large part because the background music did not overwhelm and customer chatter was subdued. It was only half full during our visit but we were near the busy kitchen, so the 72.2 decibel reading is from the noisiest table in the restaurant. We suspect that the ceiling tiles (which may be acoustic), cafe curtains, cloth-covered tables, and a long upholstered banquette helped to keep the sound in check.
We were very happy with our decision to give Mon Petit Cafe a try and hope to return for dinner or brunch. Mon Petit Cafe would be a great spot to visit during a shopping jaunt, as it is near Bloomingdale’s, Barneys, and lots of American and International shops. A yes for lunch, and given the design elements, dinner should be manageable, particularly earlier in the week.
UPDATE: After 32 years in business, Mon Petit Cafe, a neighborhood favorite, succumbed to “the crushing force” that is “the climate for [a] small business like ours in New York City.” Or, in other words, they couldn’t make a penny after payiing the criminal commercial rent demanded by the real estate warlords. In the end, a city that once thrived with small mom and pop businesses is becoming increasingly overwhelmed by national chains favored by the commercial real estate monsters. RIP, Mon Petit Cafe.
Monday through Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
nue (at the corner of 62nd Street), New York, NY 10021