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chambolle59 Aug 16, 2008 10:22 PM

where can one find the perfect - flaky, buttery, melt-in-the mouth croissant in lower manhattan? and does this place have great espresso drinks, too?

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    mindy Aug 20, 2008 04:33 PM

    speak no more...head right over to la bergamote 9th ave and 20th street

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      edr Aug 25, 2008 03:28 PM

      totally agree. madeleine on 23rd between 7th and 6th is pretty good, too...but bergamot is better

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      tpigeon Aug 20, 2008 06:41 PM

      Patisserie claude - never got coffee there...

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        nativeNYer Aug 20, 2008 07:12 PM

        PC will soon be closing if he hasn't already.

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          MMRuth Aug 21, 2008 04:14 AM

          I think reports on CH have said he's closing at the end of the year w/ no August vacation, but I've not inquired first hand.

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          Lucia Aug 20, 2008 07:20 PM

          Agree w/Patisserie Claude, although I haven't had espresso drinks there. Go quick b/c it's closing soon. Almond croissants at La Bergamote are very good too, and I like Madeleine for a variety of their baked goods. I haven't had espresso at either.

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            a_and_w Aug 21, 2008 08:08 AM

            I really miss the almond croissants at La Bergamote...

          2. re: tpigeon
            NAtiveNewYorker Aug 21, 2008 01:42 PM

            Claude is closing at the end of the year. (I confirmed it with him.)

            His plain croissants just aren't that great. They're fine, very good when fresh and warm. The fresh and warm pain au chocolat are fantastic.

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              tpigeon Aug 22, 2008 10:05 AM

              I disagree on the plains. They are fantastic. As is the pac.

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                kathryn Aug 22, 2008 02:38 PM

                I found Claude's to be wonderfully flaky and great in texture, but they could stand to be a little more buttery.

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              cimui Aug 22, 2008 03:40 PM

              I like the P. Claude croissants, though I don't know if they're really the very best the city has to offer. They're at their peak before noon. Coffee is fine, neither amazing or awful.

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              racer x Aug 21, 2008 08:58 PM

              Have you given Financier a try?
              I confess I haven't had any of their croissants in such a long time I don't remember how good they are. But their other food is delicious, so chances are the croissants are decent.

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                shivohum Aug 22, 2008 02:57 PM

                I have tried la bergamote, patisserie claude, financier, and others besides. The best croissants in the city are to be found at Petrossian's Cafe on 7th Ave. just south of 58th St.

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                  shivohum Aug 22, 2008 02:59 PM

                  It's too bad you've restricted the search to lower Manhattan, since I've tried la bergamote, patisserie claude, financier, and others besides, and the best croissants in the city are to be found at Petrossian's Cafe on 7th Ave. just south of 58th St.

                  However, the other places recommended are pretty decent too. Also add Tisserie in Union Square.

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                    Miss Needle Aug 22, 2008 03:24 PM

                    I'd have to respectfully disagree with you on the Tisserie rec. I don't think they're very good. I find it tastes similar to Zaro's.

                    I haven't been in a long time, but I used to like the croissants at Ceci-Cela in Soho. But I've read some downhill reports of that place.

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                      kathryn Aug 22, 2008 04:28 PM

                      I like the pain au chocolat at Ceci-Cela more than the plain. They also have mini ones, for those who are into tiny desserts.

                    2. re: shivohum
                      racer x Aug 22, 2008 04:27 PM

                      I agree about Petrossian's - best that I've had in the city (but didn't mention them before because the OP asked for lower Manhattan recs). Can't agree about Tisserie though.

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                        tpigeon Aug 25, 2008 05:41 PM

                        I can't believe I never tried Petrossians, thanks for the rec.

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                          Lau Aug 28, 2008 05:11 PM

                          you can get them to go at petrossians?

                          i only went there once a long time ago with my mom for caviar...i didnt even realize they sold them there

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                            racer x Aug 28, 2008 05:42 PM

                            Yeah, at the Cafe on 7th ave, around the corner from the restaurant.

                            There are seats in the back of the cafe, but I've never actually sat there. I've only gotten pastries to go.

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                        rjm Aug 28, 2008 04:22 PM

                        Balthazar Bakery - Spring St. - excellent croissant, brioche, etc

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