Had a go at Almondine last week with a couple of friends. Between us we tried two sandwiches, croissants, coffees and a sweet. Despite an interview I read with Jacques Torres, where he talks at length about how he wanted to create a European feel for this cafe, I find the decor very uninspired and not-so-very European. The only other drawback is the crappy plastic plates and plastic cutlery. I hate the waste.
The food, prices, and friendly service more than make up for this, however. One sandwich was brie and ham and another was swiss and smoked turkey. Both were on totally different types of freshly made, delicious bread and were tasty and nicely priced, around $5 each. Lattes were great; croissants and pain au chocolate were much better than Jacques Torres' across the street (and on Hudson St in Manhattan). I had assumed they'd use the same goods, but they don't.