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Aug 19, 2010 02:19 PM

Looking for Best Almond Croissant

I'm an almond paste junkie - but many almond croissants and desserts are often dry. I'm looking for some pastries with an abundance of almond paste.

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  1. I've always found La Madeleine Bakery to have very moist almond croissants. It's on the sweet side, though -- which can be a good or bad thing depending your perspective. To me, sweet means a lot of almond paste.

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    1. re: Miss Needle

      A really good suggestion. I would have said Balthazar, once upon a time, but no longer.

    2. I know what you mean. I had a very satisfying one from Joe ("the art of coffee") recently - plenty of paste, almost too much! I was reminded recently that Bouchon Bakery has a chocolate almond croissant. The last one I had from there was a while ago and so I don't recall exactly how it tasted, but I have to think it wouldn't be too shabby. I know you didn't ask for chocolate, too, but I figured I'd pass it along, in case you ever want to indulge even more

      Bouchon Bakery
      10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: uwsgrazer

        I think Joe the Art of Coffee's croissants are from Ceci-Cela?

        55 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

        1. re: kathryn

          The picture of the almond croissant on the Ceci-Cela website does look similar to what I actually had at Joe!

          55 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

        2. re: uwsgrazer

          The chocolate almond croissant at Bouchon is good enough, but somehow lacking when compared to themselves. I recently visited Vegas and the chocolate almond croissant at Bouchon there was so good I had to get it three more times. The one here in the city was decent, but just a shadow of that Vegas greatness.

        3. La Bergamote
          not sure about their paste/pastry ratio but they can be delicious, and not dry.

          La Bergamote
          169 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

          1. Unquestionably, in my (not so humble) opinionated opinion, the best Almond & Chocolate Almond Croissants are to be found in Brooklyn at Almondine. Like White Castle > Buy 'em By The Sack > if they haven't sold out as they often do.

            My suggested home preparation after arriving home with my croissants is to: first, bottom side up; place the croissant under a broiler for about 30 seconds and taking it out of the oven, leaving it top down so the "crispy" won't become soggy > then after cooled repeat with the top exposed to the flame for about 10 seconds. Remove, place bottom down on a paper towel until 96% cooled. Dig in. Dig it and savor each bite.

            Or, as soon as the counter person places it in front of you, aim a corner towards your mouth, open with enough clearance, close you eyes with anticipation, guide a corner into your salivating mouth > & JUST DO IT. Repeat until finished. Brush the crumbs off your shirt, eating the larger bits (intact pinhead size or larger) and leave satisfied.

            Either method will delight.

            P.S. I've had examples from all the suggestions previously mentioned as well as some not. As of today ALMONDINE's the joint.

            1. I have not tried any of the other recs but Ceci-Cela is my go to place for croissants of all varieties.

              55 Spring St, New York, NY 10012