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Mar 11, 2009 06:11 PM

Pain au chocolat

Anybody know where to get one that's heavier on the chocolat and lighter on the pain? There's a stall that used to be at St Mark's Church Greenmarket, where the chocolate/bread ratio was really good, but it's not there anymore.

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  1. My favorite these days are at Cannelle Patisserie.

    1. I'm always very happy with the giant stripe of chocolate found in the pains au chocolate at Tisserie in Union Square:
      It's a Venezuelan bakery. Just ask them to heat one up for you, and grab some coffee while you're at it-- mmmmmm...

      Whoops... I was just looking around at some other posts, and apparently Tisserie has closed and/or is moving to SOHO! I heard La Petit Belge is good-- not sure about the pains au chocolat, though. Sorry!

      1. La Bergamote. around 18th or 19th street and 9th avenue. Fabulous coffee meringues as well, and macarons. A little pricey, but very good.

        1. There is a surprisingly good one with excellent chocolate at Zabar's.

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          1. re: Amy Mintzer

            The chocolate in the ones from Zabar's do satisfy the craving, although I also like the pain au chocolate that Balthazar makes - nice flaky pastry and good quality chocolate (just not as much chocolate).

            1. re: j. marie

              Never had them from Balthasar, but will have to try. Truthfully, pain au chocolat is not a pastry that haunts my dreams (though I obviously eat it enough to have opinions!) but there's something about that one from Zabar's that surprises me every time. I wonder what chocolate they use?

          2. Jacques Torres on West Houston (the same block as the metro) does a nice pain au chocolat. Flaky pastry and a thick filling of dark chocolate. Not bad for $1.80. Sometimes they are still warm when I stop by in the morning. You can also get a nice iced coffee for $2, cheaper and better than Starby's.