Eat and Drink French-inspired McDonald's debuts in NYC By Jillian Jorgensen firstname.lastname@example.org February 10, 2017 4:41 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email A McDonald's on Sixth Avenue is looking to trade in the Golden Arches for the Arc de Triomphe. The first "French-inspired" U.S. outpost of the fast-food chain has opened in Chelsea, taking its design from the franchise's location on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees. "We wanted to create that design and that feel, but with a New York spin on it," P.J. Fonseca, owner of the McDonald's at 809 Sixth Ave., said. And while it's not exactly as nice as being on Champs-Elysees, the restaurant is nicer than your average McDonald's -- or "MacDo," as the cool kids call it in France. Diners are greeted by a concierge, and can order from self-serve kiosks or at an old-fashioned counter. If you're dining in, you'll be treated to table service. The menu is a little different, too. "We have a French pastry list," Fonseca said. "We have better espresso, lattes, craft coffee." There are also new sandwiches on a Signature Crafted menu, with options like pico de gallo and guacamole that can be served atop your choice of a burger, grilled chicken or fried chicken. It's the only of its kind in the country for now, but it could be the start of a trend. "The launch of this restaurant model is part of our larger effort to become a modern and progressive burger and breakfast company," said Gino Potesta, the vice president and general manager of McDonald's New York Metro Region. Here's a look at the space and, of course, the food. Photo Credit: Jillian Jorgensen Self-service kiosks like these line the walls -- with friendly employees offering guidance for those new to them. Photo Credit: Jillian Jorgensen The menu includes new Signature Crafted sandwiches -- Pico Guacamole, Maple Bacon Dijon and Sweet BBQ with Bacon, which are all customizable to be served on either burgers, grilled chicken or fried chicken. Photo Credit: Jillian Jorgensen The Maple Bacon Dijon burger features maple seasoning, bacon, white cheddar, Dijon mustard and grilled onions. Photo Credit: Jillian Jorgensen Here's a look inside the Maple Bacon Dijon burger, which costs $5.95. Photo Credit: Jillian Jorgensen Some things change, but others stay the same -- like the classic combo of french fries and ketchup. Photo Credit: Jillian Jorgensen If you're not craving a burger, there's also the McCafe menu -- and a sleek coffee bar. Photo Credit: Jillian Jorgensen Pastry options include "muffin toppers" in lemon poppy seed, blueberry and chocolate flavors, as well as a cinnamon cream cheese petite pastry. Photo Credit: Jillian Jorgensen There are also chocolatine -- a fancy way of saying a chocolate crossaint -- and croissants. Photo Credit: Jillian Jorgensen The chocolatines are 99 cents each. Photo Credit: Jillian Jorgensen You can still grab an apple pie in a box, now with a very retro design. Photo Credit: Jillian Jorgensen The classic apple pie has gotten a little bit of an upgrade, with a lattice top. Never fear -- it retains that gooey, sweet, syrupy texture inside and is still served hot. Photo Credit: Jillian Jorgensen And of course, what better to accompany pastry than coffee. By Jillian Jorgensen email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.