L E   G A M I N

maison fondée en 1992


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: like Inez and Vinoodh, Uma Thurman, Keith McNally, Patti Smith, and Brad Pitt.  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  set the standard for French bistrots in NYC.  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 real local ingredients before comfort food and  farm to table became a trend and is now an expected  standard for dining in NYC.

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.

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 small businesses to expand their operations to NYC. He has been the spokesperson for RED BICYCLETTE wines and worked with RANGE ROVER USA special events.

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LE GAMIN Greenpoint, Brooklyn      108 Franklin street + Noble      718-770-7918        robert@legamin.com

LE GAMIN Hudson, NY                     609 Warren Street                        518-828-2885