Thoughts on Financier
Is it true that Financier Patisserie's pastries are actually lackluster? It has been a while since I have visited there and I truly loved their macaroons. Anyone visited there lately?
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.
I love the bags of minis there. I have also had very good tarts, both fruit and chocolate.
I still like Balthazar bakery better, but these are close.
It depends on which branch you go to. The one on Stone Street has pastries that, in my opinion, are as good if not better than at Payard.
The one on Williams Street, however, has a poor showing in the pastry department.
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.