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chocokitty Sep 29, 2006 06:58 PM

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.

Tina

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    shayne RE: chocokitty Sep 29, 2006 07:04 PM

    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. oolah RE: chocokitty Sep 29, 2006 09:39 PM

      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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        chocokitty RE: oolah Oct 7, 2006 06:54 PM

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

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          Peter Cuce RE: chocokitty Oct 8, 2006 07:26 AM

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

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            oolah RE: chocokitty Oct 10, 2006 03:56 AM

            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.

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              BGRose RE: chocokitty Oct 10, 2006 03:11 PM

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

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                sadie RE: BGRose Oct 10, 2006 06:31 PM

                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!

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                  chocokitty RE: sadie Oct 11, 2006 12:54 AM

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

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            Mike R. RE: chocokitty Sep 29, 2006 10:01 PM

            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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              Peter Cuce RE: Mike R. Oct 8, 2006 07:30 AM

              Royal Crown pics:
              http://static.flickr.com/54/129385724...
              http://static.flickr.com/52/129385263...

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              chocokitty RE: chocokitty Sep 30, 2006 11:06 PM

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

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                Peter Cuce RE: chocokitty Oct 8, 2006 07:26 AM

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

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                ratgirl RE: chocokitty Oct 10, 2006 06:59 PM

                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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                  chocokitty RE: ratgirl Oct 11, 2006 12:56 AM

                  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.

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                  Mike R. RE: chocokitty Oct 11, 2006 01:26 AM

                  You'll change your mind about MARQUET if you try their buttery, outstanding Raisin spiral Danish. The crispy outer ring surrounding a rich, custardy nucleus...oh my!

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                    dimples RE: chocokitty Oct 11, 2006 02:23 AM

                    The croissants are not very good. I think they are made with margarine, not butter. We have tried them on several occasions.

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                      snarfmaster RE: chocokitty Oct 13, 2006 02:28 PM

                      I second Joyce Bakeshop.
                      I really like their macaroons - always soft.
                      The pain au chocolate is really good too. The size is perfect.
                      They also seem to switch up the selection a lot as well.

                      They make gorilla coffee better than gorilla on 5th does.

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                        breadnchocolate RE: chocokitty Oct 19, 2006 11:09 PM

                        i just went to joyce yesterday and their blueberry muffin was not that good. i regretted not going around the corner to little miss muffin on park and flatbush and getting one of their muffins which are cheaper, bigger and much more delicious.

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                          jen kalb RE: breadnchocolate Oct 20, 2006 12:47 AM

                          Ive sampled a couple of the Joyce muffins - I think they are a bit more austere -its probably hard to keep a tiny muffin moist and assure that it has enough of the add-ins- but they use better tasting ingredients than most commercial muffins - no mix - and arent as cakey, sweet or giganto as most.

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                            breadnchocolate RE: jen kalb Dec 11, 2006 05:57 PM

                            perhaps more tries would yield a finer opinoin on my part but i should say that little miss mufin is not commercial but baked on the premises as well - and they do cookies and everything as well - and they are absolutley delicious! if folks going to joyce have not tried it yet - i highly suggest it. you cannot sit and work/chill at little miss muffin but you can get some good food - patties etc. as well.

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                          Fleur RE: chocokitty Oct 20, 2006 06:29 AM

                          We walked down the hill again to ALMONDINE. They really do have delicious coffee. The latte is so much better than *Bucks.

                          The pastries are as authentic French as you can find. The mille feuilles (Napoleon) and Tarte Tatin were just delicious.

                          Their baguette was just voted #1 in NY by New York Magazine. It is outstanding.

                          1. Ljubitca RE: chocokitty Dec 12, 2006 02:39 AM

                            Two places
                            Mazzola on Henry in Carroll Gardens - go and ask for the chocolate baguette - eat it only when its piping. It's a chocolate dough baguette filled with molten chocolate chunks. Call first - dont go if they dont have the chocolate baguette wait for it.

                            Brooklyn Bread on court- I love their bread - it tastes different from all other bakeries. I dont try their pastries I am there for the bread.

                            I feel a little weird letting the cat out of the bag about the special baguette it sells out as it is - my 78 year old father actually pushed someone aside for the last piece. Just remember to eat it when its just of the oven. You may have to stalk the place.

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                              jen kalb RE: Ljubitca Dec 12, 2006 02:47 AM

                              the bread at Brooklyn Bread (the dough) is from Royal Crown Bakery. Just had it for the first time last week. Even better if you head down to the original bakery in Bensonhurst, though.

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                              MacGuffin RE: chocokitty Nov 17, 2009 10:20 AM

                              Mondial on 20th Ave. in Bensonhurst. Everything is wonderful but the cannoli are filled to order--no candied fruit, just the most perfect, barely sweet filling you've ever tasted with a few chocolate chips and pistachios in a crisp shell. Trust me, you haven't had cannoli until you've tried Mondial's. I take the D train from Manhattan for their pastry; I don't think anything in the City comes close.

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                              20th Ave Cafe
                              6702 20th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11204

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                                jeeg RE: chocokitty Nov 17, 2009 11:48 AM

                                Lopez bakery on 5th Ave btw 18/19 is a hole in the wall but has great bread, especially the 7 grain.

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