Thoughts on Financier
I went there recently. First time went to stone street, got a chocolate praline cake. It was divine. Lovely layers of cream, and rich but not too sweet or heavy. I went there late, around 8pm.
Second time I went was on a Sunday afternoon, I went to the World financial center branch and got flan. The flan was disappointing - I thought it was heavy, not eggy enough, and a bit dry.
I am not sure whether it was the type of pastry (that flan just wasn't their specialty), or the location.
But I think next time I will stick with Stone street location anyways.
As with all things, it depends on what you order. I love their more delicate pastries, croissants, macarons, and the fruit brioches, but I have had an occasional stale roll there. I know a few hounds who tend to go after 5 p.m., when the place is nearly empty-- it's a time when the selection is a bit diminished, so that may account for some of what you've heard. Still, it's nice to be able to sit at a table, so I can't blame them for a second.