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kansel Jul 13, 2009 12:05 PM

When in Florida recently we had the most delicious french toast. Who does the best in NYC? Am willing to travel to any place in Manhattan.

Thanks.

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    chow_gal Jul 13, 2009 02:07 PM

    I didn't order them but a companion loved the french toast at Cookshop.

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    1. re: chow_gal
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      kathryn Jul 13, 2009 02:26 PM

      I thought they were terrible because they use semolina bread in their french toast.

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      stephaniec25 Jul 13, 2009 01:21 PM

      For a quick service French toast check out the caramelized French Toast (Brioche) at City Bakery. I love it.

      I also agree with the recommendations, above but thought I should mention City Bakery, as well.

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        sam1 Jul 13, 2009 01:19 PM

        blue ribbon bakery is expensive but incredibly simple and head and shoulders above the rest.

        add a side of bacon and yr set through dinner.

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          kathryn Jul 13, 2009 01:18 PM

          Do you prefer challah, brioche, some other kind of bread? How thick? What toppings, maple syrup and butter? Or fruit?

          My favorites: Pastis (brioche) or Jane (creme brulee battered). They are very generous with the fruit compote there. Balthazar (brioche) and Blue Ribbon Bakery (challah) are good, too, but Pastis and Jane are better, IMO. Five Points does a nice one but it is often stuffed with something (banana with creme anglaise, pumpkin, etc.) and sometimes the stuffing overwhelms the dish.

          But since you liked your banana and brown sugar french toast, you might really like the Five Points one (stuffed with bananas, creme anglaise on top which tastes a bit like caramel sauce).

          Other hounds like it at Flea Market Cafe, The Smith, Westville East, Craftbar, Good, Extra Virgin, City Bakery, and Landmarc (Tribeca).

          1. goodhealthgourmet Jul 13, 2009 12:52 PM

            it would help to know the style of French toast you like, and what it was about this particular one that made it so great. flavor? texture? type of bread used? toppings/garnishes?

            in the meantime:
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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
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              kansel Jul 13, 2009 01:16 PM

              It was quite sweet, was cooked with brown sugar and came with bananas. Not sure what kind of bread it was, sorry.

              1. re: kansel
                LeahBaila Jul 13, 2009 01:40 PM

                If that's the case, then you would LOVE the French toast at The Smith that comes with maple butter and caramelized banana slices: www.thesmithnyc.com

                www.thelunchbelle.com

              2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                k
                kansel Jul 13, 2009 01:33 PM

                sorry i also meant to say i'm looking to go during the week which i guess rules out Jane :(

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