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Best CROISSANTS near E. 64 Street??

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Liquid Sky Sep 12, 2006 08:30 PM

Staying with a friend around midtown east for a few days. Wondering where's a place to get really good croissants, especially the pain au chocolat.

Suggestions?

Thanks!

  1. Ora Jun 13, 2007 09:51 AM

    If you are willing to go up a little--I like William Greenberg around 82nd (ish) and Madison Ave.

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      Clarissa Jun 12, 2007 04:15 PM

      I love the croissants at Fauchon, which is on Park (at around 56th?). Lots of other wonderful treats there, and it's a great shopping experience. I like Payard for other items, but not croissants.

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      1. re: Clarissa
        MMRuth Jun 12, 2007 05:26 PM

        Fauchon is closed - reopening elsewhere at some point. I actually like the croissant at Payard - small and flakey.

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          Clarissa Jun 13, 2007 05:05 AM

          Fauchon has closed? Awful! I actually make doctors' appointments in the area just because I know I can reward myself with a trip to Fauchon after. As far as Payard, I was very disappointed in their pain au chocolat. Instead of finding a nice chunk of dark, almost soft chocolate inside, ready to compliment the flaky pastry, it seemed to be filled with gummy, at times crispy lumps of chocolate. I'm no croissant expert, but they struck me as pedestrian. Maybe they were having an off day, or days, when I tried them. I can't remember their plain croissant, but I suppose I'll be giving them another try, if Fauchon (*sob*) is gone.

          I've been nervous about Fauchon ever since they closed their other branches.

          1. re: Clarissa
            MMRuth Jun 13, 2007 09:42 AM

            Fauchon does plan to reopen but the building they were in on Park is being renovated - the website has more information.

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            Liquid Sky Jun 13, 2007 09:32 AM

            Me too! Although Payard is definitely more expensive, I like the flakiness of their croissant.

            I can't stand Le Pain Quotidien. I don't understand why they get such a great business. Everything I've had there (including their coffee) is mediocre.

            P.S. If anyone knows WHERE & WHEN Fauchon is reopening, please post here!!

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          lalagirl Jun 12, 2007 01:49 PM

          I know there's also a Pain Quotidien on First Avenue (between 68th and 69th Streets). Anyone know which is larger of the two?

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            chloe.speaks Sep 13, 2006 12:20 AM

            im with jennie and cloudy.

            le pain quotidien is the best and right down the street from you!

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              Liquid Sky Sep 13, 2006 01:51 AM

              Thanks, Hounds!

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              cloudy Sep 12, 2006 11:11 PM

              The absolute best pain au chocolat in town (in my opinion) is at Le Pain Quotidien; there's one near you on Lexington between 63rd & 64th.

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                jenniebnyc Sep 13, 2006 12:17 AM

                i agree with cloudy

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                fauchon Sep 12, 2006 08:32 PM

                Payard at Lex & 73rd is as good as it gets! Really outstanding....

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                  eve Sep 12, 2006 10:06 PM

                  agreed

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