The Manhattan Cream Puff Conundrum
Came across an interesting entry about someone's cream puff experience on Gobbl.com and wanted to poll the Chow community. Besides Beard Papas, do you know of any other great Manhattan cream puff places?
There's always the Choux Factory: http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/... . I actually like the pastries better, here, than at Beard Papa's, at least when they're fresh. CF makes tender, light puffs (more old fashioned), while BP makes these heavy, pie-shell-covered pastries. Fillings are comparable in quality.
There was a recent thread on Choux Factory vs. Beard Papa. Here's the link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/220425.
My thoughts on that: I like Beard Papa better, on both pastry and filling. I like that the BP pastry isn't as sweet -- I'm not looking for overly sweet. And I agree that BP vanilla blows away Choux. But I did like the filling for the Choux chocolate -- it had a bit of a bitter (not really the right word but you know what I mean) flavor that made me think really good dark chocolate. But the consistency of the fillings at Choux are too pudding-y for me.