Europeans love NYC, but is the city also becoming more European? The French infatuation with Brooklyn is well-documented, and now the city has its second mustard-only boutique in the Flatiron District.
French brand Maillelaunched its first mustard boutique on the Upper West Sidein December 2014, which is being joined on April 25by its new flagship storeLa Maison Mailleat927 Broadway and 21st Street.
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New at the larger location are 10 additional Dijon-focused varieties to the original store's 25, including the on-point addition ofbeet, carrot and provencal olive-flavored mustards to pair withspring's crudite platters.Thereare alsovinegars, including one made from Bordeaux dessert wine, as well as cornichons, oils and kitchen tools.
When the first boutique opened, staffed by the world's first-evermustard sommelier Pierette Huttner, she told us that “in French cuisine, mustard is the secret ingredient" — including a fig-based one she uses on a sweet tart. Beginning May 11, she'll revealmore ofher secrets at bimonthlyCreate Your Own Mustardclasses, where participants will infuse one of the on-tap mustards with seasonal ingredients while learning about mustard's history and cultural uses.The one-hour class will cost $59 and alternate between the two locations.
All of which begs the question: Is ketchup over?