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Great bakeries/patisseries in Brooklyn

Hey Chowhounders,
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.

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

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      1. re: oolah

        I've recently tried Marquet's croissant and it was kinda bad. Probably a bad day?

        1. re: chocokitty

          Their pain au chocolat are not among my favorites. I don't remember the texture so well, but the chocolate balance is all wrong.

          1. re: chocokitty

            Maybe a bad day. I usually drop by early in the morning and pick up a muffin or a plain croissant (chocolate is too decadent for breakfast on an ordinary day). Much better than the stuff across the street at Cafe Nova and friendlier than Sweet Melissa.

            1. re: chocokitty

              couldn't agree more--I've never understood their reputation, since I've always found their croissants, muffins, and breads ordinary, bordering on tasteless.

              1. re: BGRose

                Yes! I have given this place about ten chances and everything I've had was not just mediocre, but actively bad! Dusty, diner-style cookies; gelatatinous, insipid lemon bars; hulking, leaden pastries. Provence en boite makes a good croissant, though!

                1. re: sadie

                  Where's Provence en boite? I would travel there for any good croissant in Brooklyn!

          2. 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.

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            1. What's anyone's take on P√Ętisserie Colson 374 9th Street (6th Avenue) in Park Slope? Any good?

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              1. re: chocokitty

                There's been quite a bit of discussion on Patisserie Colson.

              2. Joyce Bakery on Vanderbilt Ave in Prospect Heights.
                Pretty much everything I've had there has been outstanding- the russian tea cookies, macaroons, muffins, scones are all fresh and delicious. I highly reccommend going...
                www.joycebakeshop.com

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                1. re: ratgirl

                  I just went there today. I find their stuff decent, not extraordinary. Their macarons are a bit too thick (in the French style) and their scones are a bit too dry. But they're very friendly.