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Colson's Patisserie

Claire Jul 13, 2006 06:19 PM

On the corner of 9th Street and 6th Avenue. Has it opened?

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    cal Jul 13, 2006 07:39 PM

    sign yesterday said closed as they were waiting for keyspan to turn on da gas

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      kittywithawhippet Aug 11, 2006 06:40 PM

      Has been open for a few days now. The service at the counter is still somewhat less that entirely smooth, but heck - the sandwiches make up for it. I'm currently enjoying a baguette with ham, compte & cornichons, and I overheard a few people saying they'd come by every day it's been open and hadn't been disappointed yet. Seems like very high-quality ingredients and a relaxed atmosphere. One laptop user in the corner, and various casual lunchers. Outdoor seating on 6th for thise who enjoy their wine al fresco.

      I've got high hopes. It seems potentially worth that multi-month wait.

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      1. re: kittywithawhippet
        kittywithawhippet Sep 29, 2006 08:06 PM

        A month and a half later, I'm still deeply unimpressed by the service. Almost every time I've gone in (and I continue to go in because it's a couple of doors down), I spend a really long time being ignored before someone finally takes my order. Then a long ignoring before I pay. Staff might team up scooping someone's sorbet, but at the expense of taking orders/cash/etc. Space in there is too tight to keep people milling about when they'd rather be moving along.

        Why do the sandwiches have to be so darned good?

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        breadnchocolate Aug 18, 2006 08:10 PM

        this reply is a bit late but i went there yesterday and was totally unimpressed - stopped eating the pain chocolat because i didn't wnat to ingest the calories for no good reason - and the capuccino had good foam but that's about it. i'm staying away. hope it was just a bad day early on in their opening...

        1. Peter Cuce Aug 19, 2006 07:12 AM

          The pain au chocolat and croissant are not that great, more bready than flaky, a little dry. The swiss brioche w/ chocolate or raisins is much better. I've also tried the fruit tarts and brought an entire pear tart to my sister's. Both were good. The cream cheese and smoked salmon sandwich I had one night had good balance and nice taste on a good baguette, although they don't bake those themselves.

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            Brooklyn Hound Aug 19, 2006 09:08 PM

            I just went there on a Saturday afternoon and, while the wait was unseemly and they clearly need a better system to get food out quickly and to the right person, I was charmed by the place. That area of the Slope has very few options and my quiche and salad were quite tasty. I'm going back to linger a while and try more things.

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              Deuce Aug 21, 2006 12:56 AM

              Went there today. The swiss brioche with chocolate was good, as was the espresso. The atmosphere left something to be desired.... That said, I will be heading back....

              1. famdoc Aug 21, 2006 05:36 PM

                We were generally happy with the croissants, pain au chocolat and the brioches. I must say, however, that the portion size is clearly smaller than one gets at most patisseries: the size of the above pastries were at least 25% smaller than at Delices de Paris on Ninth St. between Fourth and Fifth Ave.

                I spoke with one of the owners, who seemed genuinely eager to please: he's going to be featuring traditional Belgian gaufres (waffles) as served in Liege: with crystallized sugar. He told me that the people of Liege have one of these
                as a mid-morning snack.

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                  Peter Cuce Aug 21, 2006 06:07 PM

                  I have no idea what you're talking about as concerns portion size. Everything looked about right to me in that regard. In any case, Delices de Paris is not exactly the bellwether for Parisian-style pastry.
                  Colson croissant:
                  Colson pain au chocolat:

                  As for the atmosphere, Deuce, what didn't you like about it? I think the place is beautifully designed and comfortable, although the service isn't smooth yet.

                  1. re: Peter Cuce
                    Deuce Aug 21, 2006 10:13 PM

                    I found it to be antiseptic -- lacking in charm. But, then again, it is a patisserie and not a cafe.... As I said, I will be going back and wouldn't be surprised if it ultimately became a cozy fit.... I agree with your point on the service, though the woman at the counter was very pleasant. They'll just need to work out the kinks....

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                      Peter Cuce Aug 21, 2006 11:53 PM

                      Wow, that's interesting. As I said, I find the place beautiful and well-designed.

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                      famdoc Aug 22, 2006 02:55 PM

                      Peter: Thanks for the photos. The croissants on the day you took the photo were clearly larger than when I bought one on Friday. I think you'll agree that the pain au chocolat is smaller than those you get at other patisseries (I agree that Marquet is the standard by which we should compare here in NY).

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                        Peter Cuce Aug 22, 2006 03:04 PM

                        Sorry man, can't agree with anything regarding the size. They seemed fine to me. It never crossed my mind that they were anything but the size they should have been.
                        Regardless of the size, they're not very good. I"m not a giant fan of Marquet's pain au chocolat either. There's too much chocolate; they're out of balance. To my mind, the chocolate should be two cylinders running the length of the pastry, not all mixed inside.

                    3. re: famdoc
                      jen kalb Aug 21, 2006 06:17 PM

                      Are these all-butter croissants and brioche? To me that is the critical question. American croissants are usually gross and huge, much more than is needed for a serving, but also non-buttery. I've never been a fan of Delices: tho I havent had them for a few years, IMO Marquet produces much tastier pastries.

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                        P.D. Wheatstraw Aug 21, 2006 06:23 PM

                        I thought Parco's croissant won out by a large margin over Colson's. Not because of size, though it is bigger, but flakiness/consistency. Never liked Delices de Paris' croissants--or anything, for that matter. Just not my twist.

                        Yesterday, based on a friend's rec, I tried Colson's ice cream--the "latte," which apparently differs from coffee ice cream in some nanotechnological way I wasn't able to detect. It was great, though.

                        1. re: P.D. Wheatstraw
                          Peter Cuce Aug 21, 2006 06:45 PM

                          Yeah, as I said just above, their croissants aren't my favorite. However, other things are very good. One thing I didn't mention above that I liked quite a bit was the Belgian rice tart.

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                            spchang Sep 4, 2006 03:57 PM

                            My wife and I tried their strawberry sorbet and their tarte tatin ice cream yesterday. It's 2 dollars per scoop, not so generous, but in line with gelato prices. It was surprisingly good, very fresh strawberry flavor and the tarte tatin was creamy and nicely spiced with chunks of apple.

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                        cuisine Aug 22, 2006 12:31 AM

                        I went last week. Yes, they were pretty slow but apologetic. The warm goat cheese salad I had was good albeit pricey at 9.50 for mesclun and 3 pieces of goat cheese. I bought my parents the quiche slices with salad which they liked.

                        Small intimate place. I got my order to go. People were coming in looking for pastries which they said they will have. A nice addition to that corner. The deli before it was an eyesore.

                        1. pitu Oct 2, 2006 11:04 AM

                          the coffee is good and the teeny financiers are deeelicious
                          but it can be extremely annoying getting them

                          the counter service has not yet improved, even when there's only 2 or 3 people waiting for takeout treats.

                          I would have asked if the goods were all butter, but it was hard enough just to make an order, repeat the order, get them to take your money and hand you the coffee. Every time I've been there I wonder what the problem is that fouls up such a simple interaction . . .

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                            chocokitty Oct 3, 2006 12:29 AM

                            What would you say the price range for the pastries, sandwiches, and salads? I'm not a local to Brooklyn, but I'm willing to make the trek out there if it's worth it.

                            1. pitu Oct 3, 2006 02:00 AM

                              absolutely NOT worth the trek

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