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croissants & tempura: not at the same time

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Jessica Nepomuceno Jun 17, 1999 11:46 AM

Like the subject says, I'm looking to satisfy two
cravings, croissants and tempura, although not at the
same time.

The tempura should be light and virtually greaseless.
The croissant should be flaky, appropriately buttery,
and NON-filled. C'mon, help me out!

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    Barbara S Jun 17, 1999 06:35 PM

    Jennifer, a number of people (me too) like the
    croissants at Patisserie Claude in the Village. But,
    as previous postings indicate, some people find M.
    Claude a bit much.

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      jb Jun 17, 1999 02:41 PM

      Ceci-Cela on Spring between Lafayette and Mulberry makes
      a pretty decent croissant, good baguettes daily and also
      very good cakes.

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        Josh Mittleman Jun 18, 1999 10:46 PM

        Thanks for the pointer to Ceci Cela. I've been
        searching for ages (see way down the Craving board) for
        a real baguette in NYC, and now I've found it. Nice
        croissants and cafe au lait, too.

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          j gold Jun 20, 1999 10:54 PM

          Don't forget the controversial (at least on these boards) Patisserie Claude, whose nonpariel croissants I've been living on since I discovered them. If you want to quibble, there's usually too much chocolate in the chocolatines--something few people would bother to kvetch about--but the rest of his croissants are near perfect, crisp, flaky, tender and practically oozing butter. Plus, Claude bakes them throughout the day, so there's always something warm from the oven.


          Did I mention that I like this place?

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        Kathryn Callaghan Jun 17, 1999 12:06 PM

        I had a wonderful almond filled croissant at a
        bakery called "Say it with flour" (360 E. 55th). I'm
        not sure if they make them plain.

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          Jeremy Jun 17, 1999 12:11 PM

          La Marsailles bakery on Skillman Ave. around 51st St.,
          in Sunnyside, makes excellent plain and almond-filled
          croissants.

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            steve d. Jun 17, 1999 03:08 PM

            Hey, how'd you do that? Change the subject line, I mean?

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              Bob Jun 17, 1999 04:37 PM

              shhhh, it's a secret!

              No, actually it's just a bug --- pay no attention to
              that man behind the curtain!

              Bob (the fly catcher)

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                Jim Leff Jun 18, 1999 01:11 AM

                As Bob said, it's a bug this time...but subject-changing capability and lots more cool stuff are actually coming soon. Bob and I are working hard!

                Look out for Chowhound.com Starship Mellencamp!

                ciao

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                  j gold Jun 18, 1999 10:33 AM

                  ``Look out for Chowhound.com Starship Mellencamp!''


                  So that the rest of us can nod knowingly and say that we prefer Chowhound's early, funny stuff.

                   

                  Or is this the move from ``Eat the Beetles'' to ``Rubber Sole?'' The ``Sgt. Poivre'' and ``Let It Be Foie Gras'' days can't be long in coming.

                  1. re: j gold
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                    steve d. Jun 18, 1999 03:40 PM

                    What, you don't like the Beurre Blanc Album?

                    Did you know that if you play the end of "Happiness Is a Warm Stove" backwards, you can hear Paul saying "Turn up the heat, chef man"? And of course in that cover photo he's the *only one without a chef's hat*...

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                      j gold Jun 18, 1999 08:32 PM

                      Actually, they kind of lost me after Magical Mystery Meat.

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            Heidi Jun 17, 1999 05:17 PM

            Try City Bakery for croissant.

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