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Jul 21, 2010 11:35 PM

Looking for best places for breakfast pastries and strong coffee

I'm coming to NY for a visit in September and I'm looking for places with great breakfast pastries and strong coffee that is preferably NOT dark roast.

I like croissants and reading the croissant threads makes me think that Bergamote, Petrossian and Ceci-Cela would all be good choices. But I also like sticky buns and cinnamon rolls and other breakfast pastries (coffee cake? filled almond croissants? etc.), so I wanted to ask about breakfast pastries in general. It could either be a sit down restaurant or a bakery with (or without) a counter to sit at. It is hard to describe what I like in a pastry since it depends on the type, but in general buttery and flaky are good attributes of most pastries - though I wouldn't call a sticky bun or a cinnamon roll flaky, so maybe that's too much of a generalization.

We'll be staying downtown but I have no problem going anywhere in Manhattan for a great breakfast pastry.

I've been to City Bakery on past trips and it was ok. I'll go back there if there isn't something better to try.

Oh, and any places that have strong coffee? I don't expect this in the same place, but that's ok, I can stop at one place for the coffee and another for the pastry.


55 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

City Bakery
3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

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  1. Commerce makes the most incredible cinnamon rolls on the planet, though they're only available on weekends (brunch).
    9th Street Espresso makes my all-time-favorite coffee. People swear by Stumptown Coffee.
    Also for pastries/baked-goods: Bubby's (Tribeca), Donut Pub, Balthazar Bakery, Tipsy Parson, ABC Kitchen


    Donut Pub
    203 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

    18 W 29th Street, New York, NY 10001

    Tipsy Parson
    156 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

    ABC Kitchen
    35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

    1. For a sticky bun, I'd go to Balthazar (I also love the fruit foccacia there and the chocolate loaf bread). For a cinnamon bun, I'd go to 'wichcraft. For a muffin, Clinton St Baking Co. For olive oil cake, La Colombe or Abraco.

      I don't think there's really a knock out all in one bakery or sit down restaurant where every breakfast pastry is good, although Locanda Verde comes close. I've heard good things about Maialino as well.


      For coffee, I think you'll need to go to another place and then go get a breakfast pastry somewhere. My favorite drip coffee is probably Jack's Stir Brewed or 9th Street Espresso. Do you want drip coffee, iced coffee, or espresso drinks? If you're interested in all of them, you have a ton of options. If I were doing a coffee tour of NYC, I would get a cortado from Abraco, an iced coffee from Caffeteria in Soho, a hot coffee from 9th Street Espresso or Jack's, a mocha from Stumptown, and an affogato from the Van Leeuwen Ice Cream and Espresso Truck.

      86 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

      La Colombe
      270 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

      Locanda Verde
      377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

      18 W 29th Street, New York, NY 10001

      2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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      1. re: kathryn

        Wow, thanks for the suggestions.

        I should have said: I am looking for hot brewed coffee, i.e., drip or press pot, not espresso or espresso-based beverages.

        1. re: atjsfo

          In that case, Jack's Stir Brewed or 9th Street Espresso. Abraco is good but on the darker/stronger side (it tastes great but sometimes gives me the jitters).

          Stumptown is good, too, and you might get a kick out of their unusual pastries:

          86 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

          18 W 29th Street, New York, NY 10001

      2. highly suggest abraco, especially considering it's nice out. drip coffee is great and strong and their cortado's are fantastic too. for pastries, i love their olive oil cake and their cinnamon rolls.

        other suggestion: joe's art of coffee. fantastic coffee with a great selection of pastries from area bakeries. in the morning, i go to the one in grand central and get a coffee and from their pastry counter either a cranberry banana muffin from corner cafe, a croissant from ceci cela or a donut from doughnut plan. i'm assuming the joe's on 13th or in the west village has the same set up.

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        1. re: jon

          Love Abraco, but it's tiny and they have weird hours. 8-4pm, closed Mondays I think.

          I was at the West Village Joe's a few weeks ago on a weekday morning and they didn't have any donuts from Donut Plant that day, and only the almond croissants from Ceci-Cela I think. The iced coffee I had was good, though!

          55 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

          86 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

        2. I know this is going to catch some flack, mostly because you could get better coffee elsewhere, but I really enjoy morning pastry and coffee at Financier downtown. It's nice if you're looking for something a little less formal. but would like to site and read the paper.

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          1. re: firni

            No flack from this hound; indeed there are several new locations now, and they are all great suggestions (www.financierpastries.com). The one WAY downtown is on Stone Street with outdoor seating; in nice weather, the location alone is worth the trip. Even if you don't do morning coffee, if you are in the Wall Street area, it is certainly a pleasant place to take a break.

          2. I recommend Via Quadronno.

            Via Quadronno
            25 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021