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Who makes the best CROQUE MONSIEUR?

Atomic Betty Nov 2, 2004 01:13 PM

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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    DC Nov 2, 2004 01:16 PM

    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.

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      Peter Cuce Nov 2, 2004 01:23 PM

      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 Nov 2, 2004 01:45 PM

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



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          Atomic Betty Nov 2, 2004 01:46 PM


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

          Thanks a lot,

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            Bowfinger Nov 2, 2004 01:58 PM

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

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              Atomic Betty Nov 2, 2004 02:28 PM

              Going to check out Financier...sounds great!


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        Alex Nov 2, 2004 01:36 PM

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

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          DeeDee Nov 2, 2004 01:36 PM

          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.

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            Sharon Nov 2, 2004 01:42 PM

            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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              bystander99 Nov 2, 2004 02:04 PM

              What role does bechamel play in a croque monsieur?

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                Michael Nov 3, 2004 08:29 AM

                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.

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              Michael Nov 2, 2004 01:44 PM

              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.

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                Aki Nov 2, 2004 01:54 PM

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

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                  Desidero Nov 2, 2004 02:12 PM

                  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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                    xavier Nov 2, 2004 03:12 PM

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

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                    Cousin Larry Nov 2, 2004 03:11 PM

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

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                      jacinthe Nov 3, 2004 07:00 AM

                      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.

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                        terry Nov 3, 2004 07:37 AM

                        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.

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                          Amy Nov 4, 2004 01:33 PM

                          The one at Fairway's cafe is superb. Mmmmmmm

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                            Atomic Betty Nov 5, 2004 08:46 AM


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


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                              Amy Nov 16, 2004 12:15 PM

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

                          2. bellastraniera Oct 2, 2006 07:02 PM

                            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.

                            Gastro Chic

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                              MRS Oct 2, 2006 07:49 PM

                              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!

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                                sam1 Oct 2, 2006 08:05 PM

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

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