Great bakeries/patisseries in Brooklyn
Can anyone recommend some fabulous bakeries or patisseries in Brooklyn? No particular location but I do prefer around Park Slope or Caroll Gardens. Basically, I'm looking for a place that has great bread, croissants, and pastries. I've tried Almondine and Sweet Melissa's. TIA.
The best bread in Bklyn. is Royal Crown. They are on 14th Ave. in the 70s, across from the big tile store (name of which I can't remember). Going north on 14th Ave., it would be on the left hand side of street. Paneantico in Bay Ridge and Piazza Marcato sell Royal Crown as well. Paneantico is a bakery but not being a sweets eater, I can't vouch for sweet stuff there. Frances on Fifth Ave. and approx. 91 St. in Bay Ridge, also has great bread.
I really like Marquet on Court and Warren. Their pastries, croissants and muffins are always fresh and delicious -- not too sweet and flaky where they ought to be. My favorite is the sour cherry muffin, but they also make a great danish.
Their espresso is pretty good too. I haven't tried the bread.
Just a modification for the above poster...ROYAL CROWN is on 14th Avenue (however between 65th & 66th Streets) and it's definitely across from the Mondial store. I strongly recommend their large round loaves (as fresh as possible) and the cheese danishes with burnished sliced almonds on top.
For some way better than average chow, the Royal Crown Magnifico on 14th between 63rd & 64th is a gem. Way under-mentioned on this Board. Some of the best calamari fritti in Brooklyn.