LE GAMIN CAFE/CRÊPERIE ™ and LES DEUX GAMINS ™ was founded by its French owner, Robert Arbor, in 1992 on Macdougal Street in Soho. Le Gamin expanded to become a local chain of cafes known for its authentic casual French ambiance, popular neighborhood feel, fresh food and signature crêpes. The TARTINE and tradition of serving French CAFE AU LAIT in a bowl was started here and Robert is known for bringing BREAKFAST downtown by opening at 8am everyday. LE GAMIN’s early clientele were actors, artists, gallery owners, photographers; that lived in the Village and Soho. Some of our early customers include Kate Moss, Amber Valleta, Brad Pitt, Alex de Betak, Angela McCluskey, Inez and Vinoodh, Uma Thurman, Keith McNally, Patti Smith, and Johny Depp . Robert then went on to open the groundbreaking and much beloved LES DEUX GAMINS in the West Village that catered to NYC’s creative class and became the model for many bistrots and cafes that proliferate the NYC landscape today. LES DEUX GAMINS was the location for Ed Burns first classic and iconic independent film in 1995, THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN.
Le Gamin is now serving a second generation of New Yorkers after 2 decades in NYC, and moving our locations to Brooklyn along with many of our clients that have also crossed the East River. We continue to serve fine basic French comfort food made from seasonal and locally sourced ingredients before comfort food and "farm to table" became a trend i.e. our first jams were sourced from the tiny Union Square Market when it was open only on Saturdays for a few hours with a handful of vendors that quickly sold out of products.
Today, in addition to the signature cafes, Le Gamin, continues its brand extension and bringing their expertise to large national events such as the US OPEN/USTA at Forest Hills, US OPEN Indian Wells, California, FÊTE PARADISO/Governor’s Island, and SCOPE /ART BASEL Miami. Local participation in events such as CMJ, Brooklyn and the High Line NYC Launch party are examples of the diverse range of catering available.
Spring 2016 brings the launch and first season of plantings at the new LE GAMIN FARM in Connecticut. Eventually our food supply will come from here and we will provide specialty products to a network of restaurants and markets. Spring 2017, the farm will be open to the public with a farmshop and limited food service to be enjoyed on our beautiful and tranquil grounds.
Robert Arbor is also the author of the well received memoir/cookbook JOIE DE VIVRE, currently in its third printing. He is also the spokesperson and consultant on many Franco-NYC projects working with French Chateaux and brands to expand their operations to NYC. He has been the spokesperson for RED BICYCLETTE wines and worked with RANGE ROVER USA special events.
LE GAMIN Café
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