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

      Nosher

      NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

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      1. re: Nosher

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

        1. re: sadie

          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...

        2. re: Nosher

          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.

          1. re: ajgnet

            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.

          2. re: Nosher

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

          3. 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/200...

            Pic and blog entry re Pattisserie Claude (and others):
            http://virtualfrolic.blogspot.com/200...

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

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            1. re: virtualfrolic

              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. 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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              1. re: Stew

                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. 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.

                1. 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.

                  1. 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. Belgium.

                      Failing that, I like Payard.

                      1. 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/r...

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

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                        1. re: SLO

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

                        2. 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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                          1. 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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                            1. re: emmenewyork

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

                            2. Almondine Bakery has the best croissant and baguettes -

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

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

                                1. 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.

                                  1. 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.

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

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

                                            1. 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.

                                                1. 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....

                                                  1. Bonelle Pastry Shop
                                                    10830 Ascan Ave
                                                    Queens, NY 11375

                                                    Ciao-

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

                                                      PB Boulangerie & Bistro Wellfleet, MA