Once Upon a Tart ... : Soups, Salads, Muffins, and More by Frank MentesanaA cookbook in the tradition of The Silver Palate and The Barefoot Contessa . . .
In New York City, famous for its food and restaurants, locals are reverential about the bakeshop and café Once Upon a Tart. For more than a decade, they have been lining up at the store mornings and afternoons, waiting patiently for their signature scones, muffins, soups, salads, sandwiches, cookies, and—of course—tarts. And pretty much since the day the café opened, patrons have been asking—sometimes begging—the proprietors for their sweet and savory recipes. Good news: the wait is over.
In Once Upon a Tart, the café’s founders and co-owners, Jerome Audureau (a New Yorker via France) and Frank Mentesana (a New Yorker via New Jersey), go public with their culinary secrets (“We don’t have any,” says Frank. “That’s our biggest secret of all”) and recipes. They also tell their inspiring success story, from selling tarts wholesale out of a warehouse in Long Island City to opening their now-famous outpost in Soho.
In nine delicious chapters ranging from savory tarts to cookies, the authors instruct and advise home cooks on everything from how to make the flakiest tart crust (“keep the dough cold”) to making sandwiches (“condiments are key”) to how to diet (“you want half the calories, eat half the scone”). Once Upon a Tart is packed with more than 225 easy-to-prepare recipes, including all the store classics that have earned Frank and Jerome the devotion of their customers: Caramelized-Leek-and-Celery Tart, Creamy Carrot Soup with Fresh Dill, Pork Loin Sandwich with Frisée and Rosemary-Garlic Aioli, Buttermilk Scones with Dried Currants, Banana–Poppy Seed Muffins, and Strawberry-Rhubarb Tart with Crisp Topping.
Says Frank, “We believe that deep down, everyone is a cook.” Adds Jerome, “And that a little butter in your life is a good thing.”
Once Upon a Tart, New York City
Fine place to take kids! Great place, friendly waiter. The food was not good - I felt nauseated It's like the place has a small kitchen and the burger I ate. Good restaurant but a bit expensive. Had brunch on a grey Sunday with two friends. Excellent summer fruit plate and incredible scones! One friend was very happy with her egg dish.
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A Pâtisserie Gets Another Chance
When Once Upon a Tart , a French bakery, was shuttered in , it was just another local favorite lost to the changing times. The shop had been around under one name or another since the early s. Then it was gone. Alicia Walter, a chef, reopened it in the same location and under the same name with her husband, Michael Stern, an architect. Walter said. The shop was famous for the scones, the muffins and, of course, the tarts created by Jerome Audureau, a French transplant who once ran a bakery in Avignon.
I really love this little cafe! The coffee is tasty and there are plenty of great pastries to choose from if your hungry. There is always a spot to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. Great service. Again, you've stumbled upon a bit of the Mediterranean in Downtown NY. Great breakfasts, including shakshuka, the cooked egg dish you'll find in Israel. Great scones and pastries, and very good service.
Call restaurant for soup of the day. Grain of the day, bean of the day, potato of the day and vegetable of the day. Call restaurant for more details. Choose two of the daily salads served on a bed of organic baby greens with a half slice of vegetable frittata. Call restaurant for today's salad selections. With choice of dressing. Please call restaurant for today's soup selection.