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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...

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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.

                2. 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!

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

                    1. 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.

                      1. 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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                        1. re: breadnchocolate

                          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.

                          1. re: jen kalb

                            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.

                        2. 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. 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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                            1. re: Ljubitca

                              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.

                            2. 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.

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

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