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Nov 2, 2004 01:13 PM

Who makes the best CROQUE MONSIEUR?

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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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      1. re: Peter Cuce
        Atomic Betty

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



        1. re: Atomic Betty

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

          1. re: Bowfinger
            Atomic Betty

            Going to check out Financier...sounds great!


            1. re: Bowfinger

              The coffee is good there, it's roasted by a local roaster. The pastries could be a lot better. One would think they would have a good Financier, since that is their name. Ceci Cela has the best Financier.
              Le Petit Abeille has a good Croque Monsieur.

              1. re: foodwhisperer

                Re Le Petit Abeille: Thank You. As I recall, they make a thick, delicious Belgium-style hot chocolate (which I have not had for a couple of years).

                They no longer have a location on Hudson St., but there are other locations. Hopefully, they make their Croque Monsieur with bechamel. If so, I look forward to a visit (before giving up carbs... again). I also like their burgers.


                1. re: ZaZa

                  I go to the one on W. Broadway. They also make good waffles and good burgers

                  1. re: foodwhisperer

                    The folks connected with Le Petite Abeille recently opened La Maison du Croque Monsieur, on East 13th Street (bet. B'way & Fifth Avenue), where they offer a choice of different Croques.

                    Murray's is their cheese provider. For a Classic Croque, La Maison offers Gruyere, Chimay, Cheddar, Raclette, or Comté. My preference is White Country Bread, rather than sour-dough, (for a Classic Croque).

                    This was a pleasant surprise during a rain storm, when I needed shelter. Their regular coffee (Café Colombe) is made with steamed milk.


          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. re: Sharon

                    Right O...about bechamel in the Croque Monsieur. (Didn't have it in France). One thing's for sure, it makes you chubby...I think we have chubbier people here. (Such a word, makes me cringe on shoot me)!

                    Thanks for the BAR 6 rec. It's walking distance from my house. Hope it's still good (as this is an old thread).