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marlie202 Nov 28, 2006 12:30 AM

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    janet.gillespie Nov 28, 2006 01:08 AM

    This is a tough one! I've had excellent croissants at two metro NYC locations: Riviera Bake House in Ardsley (Westchester County, north of NYC) and Marquette Bakery (formerly of Brooklyn, then of the central Village). The key is to get them hot out of the oven!

    1. Nosher Nov 28, 2006 09:29 AM

      Patisserie Claude. We JUST wrote about it yesterday. Seriously lovely croissants.

      Nosher

      NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

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        sadie Nov 28, 2006 04:25 PM

        Yes, Claude! Also good, imo: La Bergamote, Provence en Boite, Ceci-Cela. But Claude is my go-to.

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          chocokitty Nov 28, 2006 06:23 PM

          I agree with Sadie and Nosher. I absolutely love Patisserie Claude. I also wrote about my search for great croissants in NYC a month ago.

          http://wanderingeater.blogspot.com/20...

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          ajgnet Jul 29, 2007 10:02 PM

          I went on an obsessive croissant hunt last year to answer this question. My conclusion was that it comes down to personal preference: do you like the shatter effect? buttery? how crispy on the outside? do you pull them apart? etc ...

          For me, Patisserie Claude blows away the competition with plain croissants. His croissants are not the most pleasant looking ... as if to confidently suggest they are THAT good. They have a crispy outside, don't shatter that much, and have a really buttery moist inside. Go early in the morning for these ... they're usually gone by 1pm. They're also time-sensitive!

          La Bergamote has mind-blowing almond and chocolate-almond croissants. Wow.

          Ceci-Cela and Payard are both tied at #2 for me. Their pastries shatter a little more. Also, Ceci-Cela has a really nice atmosphere to sit and read a book in the back. Hope this helps.

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            baltovet Mar 8, 2008 05:48 AM

            My wife and I live in Baltimore and found Patisserie Claude several years ago. We go to NYC frequently, and never fail to visit there---usually more than once while we're there. If you like coffee with your croissant (and Claude's is not bad) go around the corner on Waverly St. to "Joe". They have the best lattes this side of Seattle, and on top of that, they are the most artfully crafted ones I've ever seen. And I've seen a lot of them.

            By the way....when we were in France, their croissants couldn't touch what Claude puts out.

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            Nuray Jul 31, 2007 04:14 PM

            I love that place! Meringues are my favourite... Last time I passed by it was closed? Are they back in business?

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            virtualfrolic Dec 1, 2006 08:27 PM

            Although I agree that Patisserie Claude is very good - give Chez Laurence a try as well. I really enjoy their croissants. My two favorite croissants in the city are Patisserie Claude and Chez Laurence. For chocolate ones, for some reason, I am stuck on the Fairway ones - but that may be for sentimental reasons =)

            Pic and blog entry re Chez Laurence:
            http://virtualfrolic.blogspot.com/2006/03/surprise-on-madison-avenue.html

            Pic and blog entry re Pattisserie Claude (and others):
            http://virtualfrolic.blogspot.com/2006/11/oh-dear.html

            Blog:
            http://virtualfrolic.blogspot.com/

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              Nosher Dec 2, 2006 05:58 AM

              Hi VF,

              I do like Chez Laurence's croissants; you're right that they're great. But if given the choice, I'd still go for Claude's every time.

              Nosher

              NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

            2. Stew Dec 1, 2006 08:42 PM

              Williams Sonoma mail order. You leave them out overnight
              and bake in the morning. Felt like we were in Paris !
              Very, very good.

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                Candy Dec 1, 2006 08:56 PM

                Those are vey good. Another hound invited me over one AM to taste them and they impressed me. We had most excellent from Ottolonghi in London.

              2. warrenr Jul 26, 2007 09:29 AM

                claude is my favorite in nyc too, but i just had a croissant with ham and cheese at the new caffe emilia on 1st ave bet 8th and 9th and it was incredibly good. better than a lot i've tried in paris.

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                  Daiya Jul 29, 2007 03:00 PM

                  La Bergamote gets my vote. However, if you get it to go, check to make sure your order is correct. More often than not they get it wrong or charge incorrectly.
                  Also, I did have a pretty nice (almond) one at the new Madeleine Patisserie.

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                    Emma01 Mar 9, 2008 04:50 PM

                    I really like the croissants from Payard, they are very authentic and they even use the same bags as they do in boulangeries in France which I found impressive!

                    1. Emmmily Mar 9, 2008 04:59 PM

                      Belgium.

                      Failing that, I like Payard.

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                        SLO Mar 10, 2008 07:32 AM

                        I don't know about THE BEST ... but there is a new place on Spring Street - between Sullivan and Thompson called Rheon. The croissants are absolutely amazing. Have a look at the following links:

                        http://www.raredaily.com/food-drink/rheon_cafe_nyc/

                        http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

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                          bluehawk Apr 27, 2008 05:59 PM

                          One of the best croissants is at Jacques Torres. Maybe the best.

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                          MBovary May 8, 2008 01:49 PM

                          I would definitely second the chocolate almond croissant at Bergamote--sort of a flattened tenderness encased in a sugary choco-almond crust.
                          For a more traditional croissant of remarkable delicacy in Williamsburg I would recommend la Gribouille, though I haven't been there in several months.

                          http://www.gribouillenewyork.com/page...

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                            squid kun May 15, 2008 12:30 AM

                            Bad news re Gribouille ... http://eater.com/archives/2008/05/the...

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                            emmenewyork May 16, 2008 12:07 PM

                            I agree with the riviera bake house in ardsley - particularly their almond croissants.
                            in manhattan you can find amazing croissants at bergomont on 9th ave and 20th street and at falai oon clinton street

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                              Striver Jul 21, 2008 06:49 AM

                              In the lower Westchester area, I definitely prefer the croissants at Lulu's (Scarsdale) to Riviera's.

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                              mememe08 May 18, 2008 07:52 AM

                              Almondine Bakery has the best croissant and baguettes -

                              Almondine Bakery, 85 Water Street
                              (its between Main St & Washington St)

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                                alyssabrooke May 21, 2008 08:41 AM

                                not exactly on point but the pretzel croissant at city bakery is incredible.

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                                  riteus May 27, 2008 12:41 AM

                                  I hate trendy places, but I have to admit that Balthazar has a damn good croissants. Best croissant I've personally had was in Quebec City, and I consider myself a pretty good judge of taste.

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                                    JessicaW Jun 8, 2008 02:10 PM

                                    Well, I can't say these are the best... but a Frenchman I used to work with swore by Costco croissants. He said they were really close to what he ate in France.

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                                      princessrain Jun 8, 2008 02:31 PM

                                      LOVE Claude's. Get there before noon or will be sold out. the quiches are also excellent.

                                      1. iluvcookies Jul 12, 2008 07:39 AM

                                        Strangely enough, I was lucky to get a hot and fresh croissant at a midtown Pret a Manger one morning and it was fabulous! Buttery and flakey.

                                        1. jenniebnyc Jul 24, 2008 02:27 PM

                                          Levain

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                                            meinNYC Jul 26, 2008 10:19 PM

                                            sorry folks Chez Laurence on Madison is no more. Closed .

                                            1. janie Jul 29, 2008 05:15 PM

                                              Cannelle Patisserie in East Elmhurst, NY That would be Queens, the borough, the outer borough as it's known on Chowhound. No contest, they are the best, the chocolate ones are exceptional.

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                                                helenawirth Dec 27, 2010 06:11 PM

                                                Renaud's Patisserie in Santa Barbara. http://www.renaudsbakery.com/

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                                                  JoeVilla Mar 13, 2011 09:12 PM

                                                  Believe it or not, there is a chain of Mexican Bakeries in Houston, Texas, named Arandas Bakery....for .50 each..maybe more since 2 years ago....they are delicious, flaky, buttery, and huge. All for only .50.....what a bargain.....Don't think: that cam't be true, its a Mexican bakery...remember Mexico was invaded by an Austrain..naming himself an Emperor in the 1800's...thus bringing to Mex. European type breads and the like....

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                                                    bklynsausage Mar 23, 2011 05:45 PM

                                                    Bonelle Pastry Shop
                                                    10830 Ascan Ave
                                                    Queens, NY 11375

                                                    Ciao-

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                                                      venturen Apr 16, 2011 11:41 AM

                                                      Off the beaten track...but they are the REAL DEAL

                                                      PB Boulangerie & Bistro Wellfleet, MA

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