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Best CROISSANTS near E. 64 Street??

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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!

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

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    1. re: fauchon

      agreed

    2. 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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      1. re: cloudy

        i agree with cloudy

      2. im with jennie and cloudy.

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

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        1. re: chloe.speaks

          Thanks, Hounds!

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

          1. 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

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

              1. re: MMRuth

                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

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

                2. re: MMRuth

                  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!!

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