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Looking for Best Almond Croissant

veralouise Aug 19, 2010 02:19 PM

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. Miss Needle RE: veralouise Aug 19, 2010 05:42 PM

    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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      sugartoof RE: Miss Needle Aug 19, 2010 07:44 PM

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

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      uwsgrazer RE: veralouise Aug 19, 2010 08:09 PM

      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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        kathryn RE: uwsgrazer Aug 19, 2010 08:30 PM

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

        55 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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          uwsgrazer RE: kathryn Aug 21, 2010 06:53 AM

          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

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          seal RE: uwsgrazer Aug 20, 2010 05:08 AM

          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.

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          Chuck Lawrence RE: veralouise Aug 19, 2010 08:37 PM

          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

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            allenbank RE: veralouise Aug 20, 2010 09:06 AM

            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. Motosport RE: veralouise Aug 20, 2010 09:14 AM

              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

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                griller in the mist RE: veralouise Aug 20, 2010 12:11 PM

                try petrossion on 7th and 58th , they sell out of the almond ones early tho.

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                  lexismore RE: griller in the mist Aug 20, 2010 01:54 PM

                  +1 for Petrossian

                  182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

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                  sugartoof RE: veralouise Aug 20, 2010 12:50 PM

                  Anyone think the ones from Financier are worthwhile?

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                    daffyduck RE: sugartoof Aug 31, 2010 05:27 AM

                    nope, but i love almost everything else there. la bergamote is my favorite in manhattan. but my favorite in nyc is cannelle patisserie in queens. i also think this is worth mentioning if you're into croissants, the babka at Andre's in the UES is deliciouss both the cinnamon and chocolate.

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                      sugartoof RE: daffyduck Aug 31, 2010 04:41 PM

                      I love Andre's. Not that it's going to serve a croissant craving, but they also have great streudels too. I'm going to make a point of stopping by now.

                  2. junglekitte RE: veralouise Aug 30, 2010 06:22 PM

                    Patisserie Claude on 4th (bet. Jones and Barrow) has amazing croissants.

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                      martie5000 RE: veralouise Aug 30, 2010 06:28 PM

                      Tartine on W. 4th and W.11th st (yes they do cross!) is hands down the most delectable, euphoria-inducing almond croissant I have ever had anywhere on in NYC or the world. Sweet and just-gooey-enough on the inside, flaky, crunchy on the outside. And very big! Limited quantities - sells out early (especially on weekends).

                      253 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

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                        firni RE: veralouise Aug 31, 2010 12:27 PM

                        La Bergamote - there's the occasional dry one, but they are generally generous with the filling.

                        Also - maybe Almondine? I know they have excellent croissants, so perhaps the almond ones will work for you.

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

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                          sugartoof RE: veralouise Aug 31, 2010 04:43 PM

                          Eataly has croissants. Curious to read some reports is anyone weaves there way through the mob scene and tries one. They're over by the coffee stand on the Park side of the shop.

                          200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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                            mirandabrooklyn RE: veralouise Jan 16, 2011 09:54 AM

                            Almodine in Dumbo/Brooklyn. Hands down. I just took folks from Paris there and they loved them.

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                              mahler5 RE: mirandabrooklyn Jan 16, 2011 06:37 PM

                              Yes, Almondine. And La Bergamote.

                              La Bergamote
                              515 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

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                              sugartoof RE: veralouise Jan 17, 2011 04:59 PM

                              The cafe at McNally Jackson books on Prince has excellent croissants.

                              Anyone happen to know who they're getting them from?

                              1. uhockey RE: veralouise Jan 17, 2011 05:36 PM

                                If the new Payard spot is selling them, that one. If not, the best "wet" paste ones are at Madeline while the best overall are at Petrossian, IMO.


                                182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

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