Maman is a cafe and a bakery, and there are a few different locations around the city. The one in Soho has white brick walls and hanging plants, and it feels like the kind of place where you’d sit down and plan a summer wedding in the Catskills with a seersucker-and-khaki dress code. There’s also a back patio with strings of light bulbs and West Elm furniture, and not many people know about it. It’s great for a quiet coffee with someone, and you should order at least one cookie when you come here. They’re very good. Even Oprah thinks so.
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