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Grilled Gruyère, Chèvre, leek confit and pancetta.
The interior resembles a country kitchen with mirrors framed in salvaged shutters, vases of fresh flowers and painted wooden tables for two.
Butternut squash and tomato soups.
Fancy food is well and good, but sometimes nothing satisfies like a gooey grilled-cheese sandwich. Now we can have the best of both worlds with Little Muenster, an adorable new LES café offering gourmet renditions of our favorite comfort food.
While lines are out the door on Saturday nights, this tiny eatery is the perfect spot to tuck into lunch on a rainy afternoon, when crowds are sparse.
The after-school classic of American cheese, bacon and tomato ($7) is the most popular menu item, but we're partial to sophisticated interpretations like Gruyère, leek confit and pancetta on French sourdough ($9), or Asiago, butternut squash and sage butter on crusty peasant bread ($9). We hear the salty Midnight Moon with candied ginger ($8.50) is a favorite among neighborhood chefs.
For an extra $2, you can have a bowl of creamy tomato soup, bone-marrow butter on your bread or a side of spicy potato chips--which we recommend sampling along with the house-made lemon-thyme and pomegranate sodas ($3).
Order a mascarpone-and-ricotta dessert sandwich for the road ($6), which comes with wild-blueberry jam or maple-pumpkin butter.
Who says cheesy is a bad thing?
Little Muenster, 100 Stanton St. (at Ludlow St.); 212-203-7197 or littlemuenster.com
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