Let's talk bakeries, and what you like from each.
La Bergamote - their danish are BEAUTIFUL and yummy. They fruit danish seem to contain a custard of some sort?
Silver Moon - their milk bread.
Ceci-Cela - their petits fours (which you need to order in advance) are BEAUTIFUL and so delish for small house parties. They also have a breakfast pastry.. I think it's filled with like an orange cream.... that is awesome.
Goupil and DiCarlo - formerly in Chelsea Market, they seem to have disappeared? Anybody know where they went?!
City Bakery - their mini butter cookies and their mini choco cookies. And you have to try their pretzel croissants. Sounds weird I know, but they are addictive!
Sweet Melissa (Cobble Hill) - their choco peanut butter brownie is so delish, but very rich
TeaNY - OK, not a bakery per se, but their chocolate peanut butter bomb dessert is awesome. It litterally tastes JUST like a Drake's Funny Bone, but without the guilt of eating something by Drake's (mass-produced and probably filled with preservatives and artificial ingredients).
Lady M - crepe pastry, 20 layers and so delicious
Payard - their pistachio pastry, yummy, have not had many pistachio flavored desserts and I love pistachio
Kyotofu - their chocolate mini miso cake is so decadent and dense. half of it was all I needed to satiate my chocolate craving
Ceci-Cela - I love their fruit tarts
Patisserie Claude for pain au chocolat and croissants.
Two Little Red Hens for brooklyn cream cupcakes, the occasional blackout, orange cranberry and triple berry scones, gingerbread, lemon poppyseed bundt cake, summer medley pie...
Rocco's for cannoli.
Fay Da for egg custard tarts (comfort food), impossibly light sponge cake, something they call Japanese cheesecake, sesame-covered balls of fried dough (name unknown) with lotus seed filling, and another ball of dough (mochi-like), covered in coconut flakes with a peanut-type filling.
Beard Papa's for the occasional cream puff; haven't tried their specialty flavors.
Next up on my list are Poseidon and a search for pan dulce - any recs for what's good at Poseidon and/or your favorite Mexican bakery?