Cafe La Maude
After spending the time between the World Wars occupied by France, Lebanon picked and chose what French elements they held onto (eg, they went for the coffee, while opting against forcible French occupation). Letting you eat/drink their choices, Cafe La Maude.Situated in the former Latte Lounge in NoLibs, CLM's a soft-opened French/Lebanese sidewalk cafe offering pastries, sandwiches, and hot and cold drinks in an interior featuring black and white upholstered banquettes, white marble and black wooden tables, and portraits of dogs sipping coffees along the wall -- how else would you expect them to play all that poker for the past 107 years? Cold drinks include homemade orange lemonade, The Glacé (a signature house-brewed iced tea), and the Caffé Caramelle Latté Glacé (espresso with vanilla syrup, caramel sauce, and cold milk), while warm sips're made from La Colombe grinds and include coffees, espressos, cappuccinos, and the Caffé Latté After Eight, decking espresso with whipped cream and shaved chocolate (no one likes their sweets fuzzy). The edibles: bagels plus sweet and savory pastries baked off-site by a former Le Bec Fin guy, along with a yet-to-be-set board of sandwiches, paninis, and Middle Eastern dishes like hummus topped with marinated fava beans and a side of scrambled eggs called Foul Moudamas, and the dry yogurt/vegetable salad Traditional Zaatar pita wrap, not a Zoltar pita wrap, because in this economy, how're you supposed to afford a loft big enough for a trampoline.In another move held over from French cafes, outdoor seating (complete with an awning) will open up sometime in the next few weeks, a setup so cushy, it'll prompt these Lebanese to battle your forcible occupation.