French Pastries in NYC
Looking for a replace when I am jonesing for Payard's pastries..
I need a great place were we can sit and drink and dine on Pastries!
Quite sure you are up a creek on this one.
I feel your pain and probably more.
The situation, when you really think about it, is very sad for this city.
Now, I await all the responses with a list of 20 spots with "great" pastries.
Granted I am sure you may sit and dine and drink at them.
That alone seems to make the product "great" for many. Oh, and location, the shiny objects they have, etc.
Fact is, the situation is very bleak.
Patisserie Claude in the West Village is pretty good. I also like Petrossian Cafe on 7th Ave between 57th and 58th.
Nothing will really replace Payard. However, to stay in the same neighborhood, Pain Quotidian (there's one of Madison & 84th & another at Lex & 63/64) is pleasant. So is Eli's Manhattan at Third Ave & 81st. A third possibility is Via Quadronno (superb coffee) on 73rd Street between Madison & Fifth. A fourth possibility is Sicaffe at Lex & 70/71 (also excellent coffee).
All of these are well above average altho the pastry is not up to Payard's standards...
Ceci Cela at 55 Spring Street is pretty good. I like the croissants there. Small dining area in the back is probably not like the cafe you imagined.
Also Bouley Bakery in Tribeca and Bouchon at the Time Warner Center.
And Cafe Sabarsky at the Neue Galerie on 86th and Fifth Ave - but I guess they offer Viennese rather than French pastries,
I second Ceci Cela. I love coming out of the 6 train station and getting a whiff of the butter aroma/pastries getting baked. It's a charming place. Never had anything bad there.
Other than that, I'd recommend Financier Patisserie - they have 3 locations downtown. Try their brownies...they're awesome. Again, never had anything bad there. They make a really good chicken & goat cheese sandwich too!