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Best French Baguettes?

I've struck out lately in my attempts to get a good french baguettein Manhattan. I know Amy's is a pretty good bet, but I wanted to know where to find the best (most authentic) in the city, and also any really good places in Union Sq, Gramercy/ Murray Hill area. (no sourdough please...)

Thanks in advance...

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  1. There are some good threads in this search, but hopefully others have some updates. I still like the Tom Cat one.

    http://www.chow.com/search?search%5Bq...

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    1. re: MMRuth

      ooh. dislike Tom Cat intensely! Find it hard without much insides at all. We're french and pretty picky about baguettes and bread. For what it's worth, we love Silver Moon on 105/UWS (the rustic baguette is better than the plain one) and Balthazar.

      1. re: ringside71

        I do like the Balthazar one as well. My experience with the Tom Cat ones has been different - nice and crusty, with enough inside. I do think it's a bit wider than a traditional baguette though. I'll have to try Silver Moon sometimes. Where do you buy the Tom Cat ones, by the way?

      2. Balthazar baguettes are quite good. Not great, but good enough.

        1. I am not sure if they still do it, but Fairway used to get bread flown in from Poilane every Thursday. Usually the big round loaves. Can't get more authentic than that.

            1. re: erica

              Second Le Pain Quotidien, specifically their baguette ancienne! More crust than fluffy bread -- the way I like it.

            2. Sullivan Bakery has a wonderful baguette

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              1. re: Nywoman

                Definitely Sullivan St Bakery in Hell's Kitchen. Sooo good!