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pagal Feb 25, 2007 07:57 PM

Where's the best Croque Monsieur in the city in your opinion? Preferably a place where I can just go in and just get a Croque, not somewhere where it's considered an appetizer or something.

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    Lucia RE: pagal Feb 26, 2007 06:47 AM

    The versions are all different, but I like the croque monsieur at Le Gamin, Petite Abeille, La Bonne Soupe, Cafe de Bruxelles.

    1. ballulah RE: pagal Feb 26, 2007 06:53 AM

      I'd love to hear a report on this too, because almost everytime I've ordered one I get some open-faced, non-Croque Monsieur sandwich that is very disappointing. That being said, the Croque at Georgia's Bake Shop on 89th and Broadway was very very very good...bechamel sauce and all. You won't be able to resist the pastries either!

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        haleyjen RE: pagal Feb 27, 2007 05:36 AM

        I'm a fan of Le Gamin...

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          jimmyray RE: pagal Feb 27, 2007 12:51 PM

          The Croque at Fairway Cafe (upstairs from the market) is quite good, complete with bechamel.

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            ballulah RE: jimmyray Feb 27, 2007 01:08 PM

            Is that the new one in Brooklyn? Or is there a cafe at one of the Manhattan stores? (In which case, where have I been?)

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              Lucia RE: ballulah Feb 27, 2007 03:41 PM

              The Fairway Cafe is at the Broadway location at 74th St.

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            banjolinana RE: pagal Feb 28, 2007 12:40 PM

            NO joke -- the croque monsieur/madame at Pastis is UNREAL. They use gruyere as one of the cheeses including bechamel, the top of the cheese is nice and crusty, the bread is dense and the ham is perfect. And it's the size of one's face.

            1. sadie RE: pagal Mar 5, 2007 03:04 PM

              I had a great - if pricey - one at Payard the other day.

              1. sadie RE: pagal Mar 5, 2007 03:05 PM

                Oh, and you can also get theirs to go for slightly less ($9 or so) and heat it yourself at home.

                1. LFeinberg RE: pagal Mar 21, 2007 02:04 PM

                  L'Express or The Flea Market Cafe

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                    Puppimus RE: LFeinberg Jul 13, 2007 11:25 AM

                    I second L'Express and add Cafe Tabac on Smith Street in Cobble Hill, BK.

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                    blueollie RE: pagal Aug 7, 2007 07:19 PM

                    i'm a vegetarian but my boyfriend LOVES the croque at Pigalle on 48th & 8th. i even want to try it since it looks so fantastic. we've tried other places to compare and no where has come even close. also, it's consistant and we've eaten here a lot!! if it's not on the menu when you get there, like at dinner time, you can still order it off the menu.

                    1. jpmcd RE: pagal Oct 4, 2007 08:14 AM

                      Artisinal has a nice one with an oozey bechamel and Le Sing Vert in Chelsea uses great ham in theirs

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