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Cannelle Patisserie in Queens

I finished a wonderful meal at Sripraphai getting my standard green mango catfish salad, curry puffs, yum nur, basil chili pork leg, and was in the mood for some cake. Remembering the suggestion of Cannelle from the CH thread "Best Bakeries" I ventured there to sample their pastries.

In general, I've found the quality of pastry in Queens to be woeful. Cafe Flor has some decent baked goods but not on the level of the best Brooklyn and Manhattan establishments. I detest Taipan style, vegetable shortening disasters that pass for cake in Flushing. In Astoria, many of the Greek bakeries I've tried have been mediocre. I've only had one amazing experience at a tiny little bakery there, that I've never been able to locate since. I had a lovely peach pie that was absolutely divine, perfect crust and fresh summer peaches.

Going to Cannelle, my expectations were low. The ambiance of the place itself is nothing to write home about. Bakeries in Brooklyn have charm factor that Queens bakeries almost never have. There's always this slightly "ghetto" quality.

I looked over the options and I spent a good 5-10 minutes trying to decide what to order. There was a luscious looking pineapple and coconut cake with cream, but I opted for the pain brest, a pear tart, rugelach, bread pudding and a cheese danish. I have a big appetite.

The pain brest was luscious, croissant-like and covered with toasted almonds with a filling of cold hazelnut creme. The bread itself was delicious but I am not a lover of frosting and found the ratio of bread to creme slightly off. The pear tart was wonderful, the texture of the pate sucre was crumbly without sandiness, and the sweetness understated. The rugelach was forgettable. I prefer my rugelach with some cinnamon and a wee bit denser, more buttery. The bread pudding was a custard of croissants that comforts and fills you. Very nicely done. Lastly, the cheese danish is just amazing. They were hot from the oven and redolent with fresh butter and sweet cheese. They had a tempting assortment of baked breads which I will try at a later point when I haven't eaten like a small army.

All in all, this is probably the best bakery in Queens. I found it better than Almondine, and on par with La Bergamote. Little Red Hen, Baked and Sweet Melissa are quite different but I found the quality and execution of Cannelle to exceed Red Hen and Sweet Melissa in certain areas (although Red Hen decorates in a lovely fashion, IMO the actual taste is less impressive) and comparable to Baked, one of my favorites.

What makes Cannelle so truly exceptional is the VALUE. All the top Brooklyn and Manhattan bakeries are much more expensive. I spent less than $10 whereas I would have spent $30 or more at Payard or Lady M. Compared to Cannelle, Sweet Melissa is outrageously expensive.

I met the handsome executive pastry chef, Jean Claude and expressed my surprise that such a wonderful bakery was in a mall, in Queens. He laughed and said that he hears that often. We talked about French bakeries/pastries and I was impressed with his commitment to quality and his extensive knowledge.

I am grateful that Cannelle was mentioned on this board and hope that others who venture to Sripraphai will have the pleasure of sampling fantastic French pastries in Queens.

Cannelle Patisserie
75-59 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11370

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  1. I've driven out of my way twice in the past week just for their croissant.
    And apple strip.
    And baguette.
    And olive bread...

    I adore this place and I'm glad you had a good experience there.

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    1. re: PlomeekSoup

      lol, you sound like me. I really go crazy in a place like Cannelle because $10 will buy a huge bag of goodies. I haven't felt so giddy since eating at the Apple Pie Bakery at CIA in Hyde Park.


    2. Good red velvet cupcakes, too.

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      1. re: majorette

        The red velvet cupcake looks scrumptious, I'm not a big fan of cream cheese frosting, but when they told me there was chocolate in it I put it on my must try list.

        I love the red velvet cake (it has Valrhona chocolate and cinnamon!!) at Baked, my hands down favorite and I hope that Cannelle compares favorably.

      2. going right now to p/u macrons they put aside for me hehe

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        1. re: chefjellynow

          Did I mention I am trying to convince the owner to open a branch in Flushing? :D

          Flushing DESPERATELY needs a good bakery. With such amazing foot traffic, Cannelle would clean up...

          1. re: Pookipichu

            Hi Pookipichu,

            I'm not sure if this would be the type of bakery that you like but I've enjoyed everything that I've had at Paris Baguette in Flushing http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/669220

            No, it's not truly French by any means but I've liked it better than most Asian bakeries. Their offerings may be peculiar Sino-Gallic hybrids, but that's part of the fun (also, the labels telling what the pastries are can be very helpful and, at times, quite entertaining).

            If you haven't been, I say give it a shot. You might be pleasantly surprised.


            Glendale is hungry...

            1. re: Glendale is hungry

              Thanks Glen for the suggestion. I have tried Paris Baguette (Mulan and Ah Ree So are two of my faves) and unfortunately I didn't like it. I will say though, I think it is the best bakery in Flushing and can see why people would like it, but mostly because the others are so terrible.

              The pastries are pretty enough, but for me, only a step above Taipan mass-produced prefabs in taste. Most of the western-style bakeries I have been to in Asia have been horrible as well. They tend to favor chocolate appearance over chocolate flavor and vegetable shortening over butter. I think that's why Asians go so nuts when they venture into a place like Laduree or Fauchon. Not that there aren't good bakeries in Asia, just few and far between, and for my tastes, none in Flushing.

              I would love to have even one upscale Chinese bakery producing world-class fung-li, mochi or yu-bing. Something similar to/better than Minamoto. Sadly, there is a gaping hole in the Flushing landscape when it comes to sweets. There are 4 Chase Manhattans and 2 Capital Ones,10 miscellaneous banks in a 10 block radius, you'd think an entrepreneur would open up a good bakery to service all that cash wielding foot traffic.

              Luckily, I don't have to venture to Brooklyn or Manhattan now that I have Cannelle. It was probably the best suggestion I've gotten off CH and I am really beyond pleased, now I just have to convince them to open in Flushing. And a branch of Kee's chocolate as well!!! :D

              1. re: Pookipichu

                i'll tell ya, i found paris bakery's fried pastries to taste like old fryer oil, all of there products have this taste that has anything fried in or on it. and there creme's are not good at all
                not happy with that place

                1. re: chefjellynow

                  Well, these things are subjective. Maybe I've been lucky at Paris Baguette. Also, I didn't have anything fried there—just baked, so that could be a factor as well.

                  As far as their cream-filled items, I've only had their custardy things and their things filled with bean paste. Perhaps at Paris Baguette they're better at their bean paste-filled items than they are at their cream-filled items.

                  As I've written before, I definitely plan to go there again. I like Paris Baguette. They're a decent Korean-French hybrid bakery.


                  Glendale is hungry...

        2. I love everything at Cannelle and whenever we have any gatherings or celebrations, we order something from them. Can't beat the taste and the value!

          1. I went to Sripraphai again this weekend, had their wonderful green mango salad with generous sheets of crispy catfish and simmered, sliced duck with broad noodle soup. The broth is heady, savory and rich with duck fat. Cashew chicken was overly sweet this time and they forgot to include cashews! Had to send it back for cashews, but I digress.

            I was anxious to try more sweets at Cannelle and headed there after my meal. I ordered the apple strip, flaky, delicate layers of fresh butter pastry perfectly executed. The apple was delicious, delicately acidic and lightly sweet. My only quibble is there was very little apple in the pastry.

            I had the Coco Fraise as well. I cannot recommend this cake enough. Luscious strawberry mousse with vanilla cake and coconut is perfectly adorned with fresh, slightly tangy strawberry. The bottom layer is a whimsical play on shortbread and a fine play of textures and contrast. What makes the cake is the fine balance of sweetness and flavor. Everything I've had at Cannelle approaches sugar with restraint, a measured hand and light touch. I love strawberry shortcake and Coco Fraise is simply "it".

            I also had the pineapple coconut cake. The cake is bursting with fresh pineapple, bound by vanilla creme and sandwiched by coconut macaroons. The dessert is quite light and refreshing and a good counterpoint to their creole cake.

            I also had the chocolate cookies, large, soft, crumbly cookies with slight chewiness and generous chocolate, buttery walnuts and satisfying thickness.

            I also had the bread pudding, again. Even though there is no cinnamon, the rich custard and croissant pudding is so very satisfying and filling.

            I also tried the creole cake but I despise the flavor of coffee.

            Cannelle's adroit handling of sweetness is what I appreciate most in their desserts. It appeals to an Asian palate especially and I would consider it my first choice for Western dessert being served to my Asian family and friends. If you crave the sting and head rush of copious sugar, Cannelle is not for you.

            I am now looking forward to trying their red velvet cupcakes, which they were unfortunately sold out of.

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            1. re: Pookipichu

              The red velvet cupcake is one item that I think is only so-so from Cannelle.They might be refrigerated -- the ones I've had have always been cold -- although they're not super-dry like refrigerated cupcakes often are. They are, however, very dense and very dark. I remember the flavor being good, but the texture really put me off.

              1. re: jaingmaster

                Ok so there had to be something, because no establishment is perfect. Unfortunately I totally agree with you about the red velvet cupcakes. They are refrigerated and it changes the texture of the cake drastically, clumpy wet crumb. I love how light the frosting is, not too sweet but the refrigeration really lowers the quality of the cupcake drastically. I bet that if the cupcake were not refrigerated, it would be wonderful.

                I also had tiramisu and the first few bites were delicious but the coffee liquer was overly generous and had pooled 2/3rds of the way down in the cup and was revoltingly strong.

                However, Cannelle redeemed itself. I had the apple strip which was amazingly good, buttery, flaky and full of fresh apple flavor, and as with the other desserts, not too sweet.

                I also had their wonderful chocolate chip cookie and was about to order bread pudding when it was snatched under my nose by a customer ahead of me.

                1. re: Pookipichu

                  It makes perfect sense that the red velvet cupcakes or the brownies wouldn't be that good at Cannelle. The pastry chef is classically trained in French pastries, so it wouldn't be anywhere near his strengths. It's like going to a good regional Chinese place and getting the American Chinese food and complaining it's not good. I'm sure the cupcakes and brownies are on the menu because the locals go for that stuff and it sells. But I would think chowhounders would be better at keying in on the solid French pastries by a solid French patissiere. By the way, the best bargain for me are the bread pudding at $1.25. And while the chocolate chip cookies may be good, I think you'll enjoy the palmier cookies even more.

                  1. re: E Eto

                    Well, it's not that I think that the red velvet cupcakes are technically unsound. I think it's the refrigeration that does them in. I have great respect for the chef because for the volume they do, their quality control is excellent and the level of skill high.

                    I agree with you about the bread pudding being an amazing value, my only quibble is that there should be cinnamon! For goodness sakes, the place is called Cannelle and there is no cinnamon in the bread pudding? If there was cinnamon in the bread pudding, it would blow my mind. It is almost perfect and unbeatable for $1.25.

                    I have not tried the palmiers yet but I'll be sure to on my next visit. Their flaky pastries have yet to disappoint me.

              2. re: Pookipichu

                Aside from the Coco Fraise, they make a Strawberry Shortcake which they sell seasonally. It is elusive, but one of my favorite cakes ever. Should be showing up soon.

                Also, their baguettes are about the best I can find in Queens.

                1. re: Justpaula

                  the baguettes and the sourdough bread are actually great at La Boulanderie in Forest Hills, and the gateau breton little cupcakes are better at La Boulangerie, other than that, Cannelle has them beat, and prices cheaper at Cannelle, too.

                  1. re: janie

                    I love Canelle, but I think their baguettes have gone way down hill. They used to be excellent, but I now think they're too much line supermarket Italian bread, not a real baguette. Pastries are still superb, thankfully.

              3. My brother and I went there on Saturday. The croissants were flaky and buttery. We were amazed at the number of people who came in the door. This certainly is great place. I can't wait to go back there and try the other desserts. It was well worth the drive from the city.

                1. Had the espresso cake over the weekend and it was fantastic! Light and rich at the same time. Nice texture with the fluffy mousse and the crisp chocolate crunchies. Went to La Bergamote in Chelsea today and spent double of what we would have spent at Cannelle.

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                  1. re: Miss Needle

                    i absolutely love and adore cannelle. i've literally tried every bakery item there, including the sandwiches, quiche, muffins, pastries, cookies, bread, cakes, you name it. my waistline is not happy with this. :-)

                    but, since we all go on and on here at CH about the great things about cannelle, there are a few blips to be aware of that i've experienced over time:

                    echoing the sentiment about the red velvet cupcake, it wasn't great. i am also not a fan of red velvet in general, so i am not really sure if i've ever tried one that blew me away.

                    on the otherhand, i LOVE brownies. all kinds of brownies. however, the one here is good but also doesn't blow me away. i tend to shy away from both the cupcake + brownie and prefer the pastries.

                    if you get full cakes during busy holidays (say, like christmas), they will bring you cakes from their freezer (or their extremely cold fridge, not sure which one). i was not aware of this the first time it happened to me. i put the black forest cake into my fridge prior to serving without even looking at it. when i did serve it, the cake was frozen and tasted terrible. definitely check to see if it is frozen first. you will have to thaw it out instead of sticking it in the fridge.

                    anyone else wish they would use recycled paper plates and reusable utensils? with the sheer amount of customers that dine in, it makes me a bit sad that there is so much plastic being used (plastic plates + utensils). i wish they would change to something a bit more environmentally friendly.

                    1. re: Linda

                      In defense of the red velvet, I think it is something that if you let sit out at room temperature for an hour or so, it would probably be fine. They do have an issue with serving it way too cold. But even though it's cold, I can tell that the cake isn't dry and they actually serve it with real cream cheese frosting versus that sugar icing crap. It's kind of like the macarons at Le Madeleine. Some hounds complain that it's served too cold. If one is patient and is able to wait a while, Le Madeleine's macarons are a totally different experience. I'm thinking it may be the same for Cannelle's red velvet. But you may not be really into red velvet -- not everybody is. You may like Sweet Revenge's (in the Village) red velvet. They incorporate raspberry into it so there's another dimension.

                      1. re: Miss Needle

                        I feel the same way, if it was brought to room temperature, it would have been better. But I don't think it's necessary to refrigerate in the first place. They have such tremendous turnover in their baked goods.

                        Part of the reason why the cakes at Baked are so good is because they are not refrigerated so the texture, crumb and moistness stay exactly as they should.

                      2. re: Linda

                        I am also a fan of brownies but I admit I haven't tried the ones at Cannelle because they are so pale looking. I like dark, dark chocolate and so they are near the bottom of my list to try.

                        And thanks for the tip regarding cakes during the holidays. I am sure that Cannelle will be one of my top choices and I will try to make sure I get one that isn't frozen. Their cake really impressed at my last party and the price is so extraordinarily reasonable. Everyone thinks it's a $40-50 cake.

                        As for the plastic plates and utensils, I agree that it would be nice if they had recycled or reusable plates/utensils.

                    2. Although I live in Astoria, I had never heard about Canelle until I read about it in this thread last week. (It's a little difficult to get to without a car). We trekked over by foot in the decent weather this weekend, and I can tell you, we are sure glad we did. What a find!

                      I had a salami/cheese sandwich on a baguette, a red velved cupcake and a soda -- all for $6.25. The sandwich itself was pre-prepared but really quite good for $3.50. The red velvet cupcake was delish (though I will acknowledge it did come partially refrigerated) and a steal at $1.75. All their stuff looked great, I can't wait to go back.

                      It's seems they are quite busy, there was a steady line when we were there Saturday, but we did manage to snag a table. This place immediately became one of my favorite foodie places in Queens. Thanks for the tip, guys!

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                      1. re: Anicca

                        I felt the same way :) Cannelle has been my favorite recommendation from Chowhound and it was such a surprise. I really had very low expectations for a bakery in Queens, in a mall, next to a nail salon, but it puts to shame much more expensive bakeries in Manhattan.

                      2. The good stuff here is light-as-air, and doesn't force the issue. We shared a guava passion danish today, and the guava came through just fine with not too much sugar. I'm making my way through their selections, and have enjoyed the Chaux Chantilly, the mousse cake and even the tiramisu (the liquid onset at the bottom of the cup didn't bother me). The Expresso 31, however, haunts my dreams. It's a dome shaped, brown powder dusted wonder, topped with a goofy star done up in chocolate sauce. It's at once creamy and rich, again not overly sweet, with tiny malt balls in the middle that take it over the top with a crunch. Wonderful stuff. We got there yesterday morning at around 9, just in time to watch the light snow start falling over the parking lot, amidts countless planes zooming overhead. Paris has never been more beautiful.

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                        1. re: Polecat

                          love that description. And, agree, my favorite stuff there is the lighter stuff, croissants, vanilla mouse cake, creole cake, strawberry shortcake...apple tart...

                          1. re: Polecat

                            ITA their guava passion fruit danish is DIVINE. It is the perfect sweetness and bursting with fruit flavor. Oh so good but they don't always have it.

                          2. Pookipichu, thank you for all of the reviews! I've been meaning to give Cannelle a try since I read about it in the latest issue of Edible Queens.


                            And I feel like I can trust your judgment because Baked is also my favorite bakery. LOL!

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                            1. re: CornflakeGirl

                              Baked is fantastic lol. I had their coconut raspberry cake recently and I could have eaten the whole cake.

                              When in Queens though, Cannelle is the only option for me and one of its stunning attributes is that it is by far, the least sweet out of all the bakeries I have been to in America. With everything I try there, I am amazed by this and it really contrasts with how much sugar is in everything in America.

                              1. re: Pookipichu

                                I went on Saturday and was dissappointed not because of the food (which was really good) but because I got there around 5-5:30. They were out of most of the sandwiches, were down to one soup, and 2 quiches. They were really nice though, and said they make their last batch of sandwiches at 2 and once they are done, they are done. Despite my disappointment, it's nice to know the food is very fresh and the pastries were really good. I'll go again, just much earlier :-)

                            2. We're developing a dangerous addiction here. Fourth visit today in a little bit less than a month. The Expresso 31 and the Coco Fraisse are well worth the trip from just about anywhere. In the case of the latter, it's light, airy, smooth as silk, tart with just the right amount of sweetness, atop what I think is a graham cracker crust. The Expresso 31 is a tad sweeter and heavier, but, oh man, those tiny maltballs in the center are calling my name. The Creole - whose intricate patterns on thin slivers of pure milk chocolate are reminiscent of the amazing latticework one sees all over the French Quarter in New Orleans - is just a tad behind those two others. It's the richest of the trio, and perhaps the sweetest. Again, terrific stuff. I also tried the chocolate chip cookie today, which is equal parts soft, billowy and crisp, with deeply chocolate chips. The sandwiches here are also quite good, filling, and, at around $3.50 or so, a bargain. We've enjoyed the Croque Monsieur and the Salami w/ Provolone on a crispy baguette. Just tried the muffins as well this morning. Good, to be sure, but overshadowed by their other stuff. The cranberry is more like a soft and spongy bundt cake than it is a traditional muffin. We live close by, which is nice, but I'd still make the trip if we didn't. Cannelle is a winner.

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                              1. re: Polecat

                                went through that addiction phase a year ago, still paying the price for it...between there and all the snacks at Trader Joe's, my diet was demolished. Am rediscovering every possible thing I can do with vegetables and salads---

                                1. re: janie

                                  I find myself making excuses to drive there. We were there last week and tried the palmier. It was buttery, crispy and just the right amount of sugar. The almond croissant was freakin' out of this world. They should market that filling. It would be great on toast, on pancakes, on bread, or just as a snack. I know that it packs a lot of calories, but I must resist. May be next year I'll give it up for Lent.

                                  1. re: Da Vid

                                    You all have to try the guava/passion fruit danish, seriously.

                                    1. re: Pookipichu

                                      Good call on the passion fruit / guava danish! Great way to start my day today.

                              2. So glad to find this review! I recently noticed the Park Slope Food Coop had changed their croissant supplier. They looked and felt totally different, like they might actually flake and have flavor. I took one home, was completely amazed how good it was, and remembered the new label said "Cannelle." Now I know what that means. Must make a trip there soon.

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                                1. re: AppleSister

                                  I stopped into Cannelle yesterday, and got an almond croissant for myself, and an apple turnover for my friend. While the croissant was very good, there was next to no filling, which made it disappointing to me. I guess I am comparing it to the nicely filled ones from La Marjolaine, which I think are simply the best. My friend also remarked that there was an absence of apple filling in his turnover too :(

                                  1. re: cherrypoprocks

                                    Croissants got smaller, too. They're almost half of what they used to be.
                                    But they're still amazing.

                                    1. re: RedVelvet

                                      i also noticed the regular croissants got smaller. the chocolate croissant also has less chocolate in it. the almond croissant i had this past weekend actually had more filling than others i've had in the past? perhaps i got a lucky one. the prices were also raised across the board, but still affordable comparative to manhattan prices, or even other places in queens.

                                2. The rugelach at this bakery approaches my all time epitome of rugelach, Kopps bakery in Middle Village, which has gone out of business. Since then, I have not been able to find something to compare, but cannelle's comes close. If they added a few nuts and cut down on raisins, it would be the perfect rugelach.

                                  The other stuff was good, but no wow factor. Buttercooky Bakery in Floral Park is just a bit better, but Cannellel's is pretty damn good.

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                                  1. re: riinao

                                    Having been one of the first customers at Buttercooky in Floral Park, (when the catering hall across the street was a theater)..they have not lost their way...I think Cannelle has lost a little since they opened...not to mention their prices..

                                    1. re: riinao

                                      I LOVE Buttercooky and while it isn't close to me, I take every chance I can to stop in. I even requested the cake for my baby shower came from there. HOWEVER, as far as bakeries go, the two are a bit apples/oranges to me. Canelle really excels at classic French pastries and delicate cakes and mousses. I also find that the quality of the chocolate they use is above that which I have found in more typical style bakeries.

                                      1. re: Justpaula

                                        the cakes i;ve had from malverne bakery on LI blow away cannelle's cakes, and I like Cannelle alot.

                                    2. I don't suppose Cannelle or any other bakery in NYC sells kouign amman. I've yet to find it. If anyone knows of a place that makes it......

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                                        1. re: IWantFood

                                          oh goodness, you had to go and mention that...watch this video....maybe la boulangerie would make it in forest hills..i'll ask them


                                          1. JustPaula....r u out there?