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Croissant Hankering

I am not a freak about french pastry- however sometimes you just need to sink your teeth into something buttery-flakey-light-divine, who knows where I can get the best croissant in town?

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  1. I'm not sure about the best traditional croissant, but I love the "pretzel" croissant at the City Bakery (18th st. off 5th ave) It's flakey, buttery and salty. delicious.

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    1. re: muffintop

      You took the words right out of my mouth, muffintop. I DREAM about those pretzel croissants, and it's not doing anything for my figure that I work around the corner from City Bakery.

      Failing that, Eli Zabar's croissants are also quite perfect, especially with a little of his excellent raspberry jam no butter necessary.

      1. re: muffintop

        ah, yes, those are yummy. for a regular croissant - Ceci Cela on Spring.
        Financier in Wall St is pretty decent (although their pain au chocolate is a waste of time)

          1. re: muffintop

            If you are looking for something buttery-flaky-light, I would not recommend City Bakery's pretzel croissant. They're more doughy and bready. Ceci-Cela is more of what you're looking for.

            1. re: Miss Needle

              I concur. The pretzel croissant is salty, IIRC.

            2. Patisserie Claude
              La Bergamote

              1. If you are Downtown Financier (3 locations) is pretty much the only option. Chocolate and almond are my favorites.

                1. Cafe Margot on 74th Street west of Broadway. Though it can be hit or miss, if they're on, the croissants are remarkable.

                  1. I am with Lucia. I like:

                    Silver Moon - my favorite plain crossiant - may I say that they have succeeded in wrapping a little heaven in this classic moon-shaped "plain" crossiant? The word plain is an oxymoron because this croissant is nothing but plain. Perfectly flaky and buttery, yet so light and delicate - doesn't that just sound like heaven?

                    Patisserie Claude - the plain croissant which has an super-flaky and yet moist texture, plus the buttery flavor.

                    La Bergamote - the chocolate croissant with the right amount of bittersweet choco that is not too sweet or greasy (The chocolcate croissant at Patisserie Claude, on the other hand, has too much chocolate and hence overpowered the buttery flavor of the croissant itselt, IMO).

                    Panya (at East Village) - This little Japanese bakery offers some interesting versions of the traditional croissant. The bite-size mini sweet croissant has a great buttery flavor and it is a perfect snack for afternoon. They have savory croissants which I actually enjoy, and it is particularly delicious when it is warmed up with gooey chesse inside (though the cheese seemed to be cheap processed cheese). This is probably not for everyone as their croissants, while flaky, have less "layers" inside and it's a bit one-dimensional. Nevertheless I like their own take on the croissants when I want something different.

                    Cafe Falai - A new comer among my favorite bakery stores, cafe falai has some great croissants like chocolate pear fillings. Their donuts are another treats that I like!

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                    1. re: kobetobiko

                      I second Silver Moon. Absolutely buttery, flakey and delicious.

                      1. Duane Park Bakery. They put them on sale at 8 a.m. and are usually gone by 10.

                        1. Patisserie Claude-pain au chocolat
                          Cafe Falai-Italian pain au choclat

                            1. re: wryorwhite

                              i go for almond croissants and in that category
                              la bergamotte - i've only had the almond croissants but they are my favorite in the city so far
                              ceci-cela - they are my next favorite
                              claude wasn't so good on this front, imho...

                              1. re: breadnchocolate

                                I went to La Bergamotte last night for the first time b/c I was in the area - picked up a croissant and a pain au chocolat. Had the croissant this morning after toasting it up a bit ... quite good (granted that I ate it the day after it was made), but a bit greasy for my taste. Still have the pain au chocolat to try!

                                1. re: MMRuth

                                  Update - had the pain au chocolat this afternoon - so, certainly a good 24 hours or so after it was baked. Same comment as about the croissant - tasty, but a bit greasy for my liking - could be a bit "flakier".

                            2. Without question:

                              Petrossian Bakery (7th Avenue, b/t 57 adn 58). Go to the small cafe to the south of the restaurant. Incredible croissant.

                              1. As a "pain au chocolat" freak, I have a list, it's hard to define the best, depending how you like it, as some people like prefer the less flaky ones and some prefer the ones closer to the Parisian (French) version.

                                My list includes : Ceci Cela, La Bergamote, Bouchon Bakery, Patisserie Claude, Petrossian, Payard, Fauchon, Le Pain Quotidien, Baltazhar, and Financier in downtown.

                                I would never put the City Bakery version on the list since I don't really like the doughy bun taste. But some people prefer it, it's not your traditional pain au chocolate though.

                                My favorite is the almond chocolate croissant at Ceci Cela

                                For the pain au chocolate, I normally would put either Petrossian or Ceci Cela on the top, while Bergamote could be here as well, it's a little bit out of the way for me, so I never really got the fresh one from them.

                                Ditto on the more grease factor in the Claude version, but the trick is to get it early in the morning when it's fresh out of the oven. Depending on your preferences.

                                In the UES, Payard and if you must, at Fauchon, was consistently marvellous, though not in my top list. Living around Columbus circle now, I like the Bouchon Bakery version, if Petrossian is closed. the third safe bet would be Le Pain Quotidien.

                                Financier is deccent for downtown, but I won't make a trip, Ceci Cela I would. :)

                                1. The absolute BEST croissant I have ever had can be found at Payard on Lexington near 75th street. Simply sublime.