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Who makes the best CROQUE MONSIEUR?

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  • Atomic Betty Nov 2, 2004 01:13 PM
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Hey Gang,

Yes, I am a true Francophile (especially when it comes to food)!

Does anyone know a place that does a CROQUE MONSIUER very authentically?

I tried it at TARTINE (West Village) and PIGAILLE (Hell's Kitchen). Both were very disappointing.

A great CHOCOLAT CHAUD too...

What about LE GAMIN or is it LES DEUX GAMINS? (very confusing)

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  1. I've heard Balthazar's is very good. I get a Croque Madame at a local place in Brooklyn that I find fantastic - called A Table in Fort Greene.

    1. Le Deux Gamins went out of business a couple of years ago. I noticed that the Le Gamin on Bedford has changed it's name to Cafe Henri or somesuch. Anyone know if this extends to the rest of the empire?

      I had a pretty good croque monsieur at Financier on Stone St. Prices there are fairly gentle. I was disappointed with the version at Ceci Cela, although I like the place a lot for croissants and pastries.

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        Atomic Betty

        Is FINANCIER a take-out or eat-in (cafe) place?

        Thanks!

        AB

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          Atomic Betty

          Peter,

          Is FINANCIER an eat-in (cafe) or take-out place?

          Thanks a lot,
          AB

          1. re: Atomic Betty

            I'm not Peter, but the answer is both. It also has terrific coffee, pastries and panini.

            1. re: Bowfinger
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              Atomic Betty

              Going to check out Financier...sounds great!

              AB

      2. I like the one at Bar 6, on 6th and 13th.

        1. I would recommend the croque monsieur (and croque madame) at Bacchus on Atlantic Avenue and Bond Street in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Also, there is a new Le Gamin on Vanderbilt Avenue in Brooklyn.

          1. I too am searching for the perfect Croque Monsieur...
            Bar Six on 6th near 12th St. makes a great one with creamy bechamel... yum... but they only have it on their lunch menu.
            It's the best one I've found so far.

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            1. re: Sharon

              What role does bechamel play in a croque monsieur?

              1. re: bystander99

                While not authentic, I've noticed a few places on this side of the pond put a bit of bechamel in their croque monsieur -- and I gotta say that it really, really works.

            2. Gotta go with Pastis on this one. I've been to a couple parties that Pastis catered, and the croque Monsieur was rocking....great bread, thin layer of delish sauce, authentic french ham, and a nice cheesy layer of quality gruyere.

              Of course, pretty much anyone can whip up a similar version at home.

              1. agreed with Pastis and Bar 6. but don't forget Le Jardin-lunch time only-.after midnight, Le Express is a good choice.

                1. Eric Asimov raved about the croque monsieur at Le Quinze (Houston & Sullivan) in his review in the Times; however, I was not particularly impressed. Admittedly, I am no connoisseur of the croque monsieur.

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                  1. re: Desidero

                    My wife loves the C.M. and likes the ones a Les Gamin a lot.

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                    Cousin Larry

                    While on the larger side, I really like the one at Nice Matin on the UWS.

                    1. Payard makes a good one as well. I also had a decent one at the Creperie Cafe (I think that's the name). Both on the UES.

                      1. The best croque monsieur Iate in new york is at Le Quinze on Houston street.
                        Iwent there after the new york times review and it was amazing.

                        1. The one at Fairway's cafe is superb. Mmmmmmm

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                            Atomic Betty

                            Amy,

                            Do you mean FAIRWAY, the supermarket, has a cafe? Or is there actually a Fairway restaurant?

                            Thanks,
                            AB

                            1. re: Atomic Betty

                              Fairway has a cafe upstairs! It is most wonderful. Becomes a steakhouse at night. Great breakfast and lunch menu, nice desserts too!

                          2. FYI I just went to Pastis for brunch yesterday, and the croque madame there is even better than I remembered. They must be making the bechamel sauce with white wine, or doing something else that is above and beyond the call of duty for a Meatpacking place that would be mobbed even if they served dog food. Very difficult to find a croque madame (with the egg on top) - but Pastis has got it down.

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                            1. I have to vote for the C.M at Pastis...perfect! Plus, it so great to sit outside and peoplewatch with a bottle of wine on a cool day. The best!

                              1. by far, the best i've had in nyc was at dumont on union and metropolitan in williamsburg. only available for brunch i think.