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Looking for great croissants midtown or upper west side

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susany Aug 28, 2010 08:53 AM

We just moved to Columbus Circle area, and love croissants with our Sunday Times. Where to go?

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    susany Aug 31, 2010 05:18 AM

    Thank you all for these excellent suggestions. We are very close to Petrossian and Time Warner, although La Bergamote is definitely worth a try as well! And Silver Moon will make a nice Sunday AM morning walk!

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    Petrossian
    182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

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

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      swimlizfish Aug 29, 2010 09:55 PM

      I would have to agree with the Petrossian recommendation. Right near Columbus Circle, and every croissant and pastry is delicious and flaky just like they should be. I should mention that the croissants can be purchased from the cafe just next door to the formal dining restaurant. enjoy.

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      Petrossian
      182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

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        ganache123 Aug 28, 2010 02:09 PM

        Don't know how far uptown you want to travel but Silver Moon Bakery on 105th and Broadway makes croissants and brioche to die for.

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        Silver Moon Bakery
        2740 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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          nativeNYer Aug 28, 2010 10:01 PM

          I strongly agree with ganache123. Almost mentioned SMB myself but also realized it may be considered well outside of the nabe.

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          nativeNYer Aug 28, 2010 11:31 AM

          I second the recommendation for Petrossian and Ceci-Cela (if Joe's carries them).

          I wouldh add Bouchon Bakery in the Time Warner Building where there is both a small restaurant and a walk-up counter for takeout: http://www.bouchonbakery.com/showSele...

          I wish they would expand throughout Manhattan.

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            uwsgrazer Aug 28, 2010 11:45 AM

            I haven't seen Soutine (West 70th, just west off Columbus) appear on any of these "great croissants" threads. I don't have a strong view here but a friend used to rave about them. I'd be curious to hear what others think of them

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              bombaybeauty Sep 12, 2010 12:36 PM

              I used to think Soutine was pretty good, but either my tastes have become more sophisticated or the place has gone down. I tried them last week, and while they beat some other local alternatives they will not evoke memories of Paris...

              I have been looking for a decent croissant between 79 and 66 on the west side, so haven't included Petrosian or Bergamote in my rounds (yet). But within these confines the conclusions are grim. Nothing great. Le Pain Quotidien is barely good enough, but with many reservations. Decent exterior (on a NY scale - would not pass muster in Paris) but the interior fails -- not buttery enough and too homogenous...

              Also overrated Margot on 74th street. Fairway is a disaster. Gina la fornarina on 73rd and Amsterdam gets their croissants from Balthazar. But even at their source these are overrated, and by the time they make it uptown, they are further degraded. On the plus side, if you like the cream filled croissants (of the kind found in Italy), they do have these here. The ideal composition differs from a croissant, but the crema in these fails...

              In desperation I even tried the Aroma on 72nd Street, who claim to make their own on the premises. Not terrible, but not really worth it either.

              Also cross off Gran Daisy - good for their flat, square pizzas, but their croissants don't cut it (actually I doubt they make their own...)

              I have one more place to check up on, before I give up hope and start to eat hot dogs for my weekend breakfast...

              bb

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                nativeNYer Sep 12, 2010 09:26 PM

                I agree with you on Le Pain (decent exterior but interior needs help), Aroma, Grandaisy, Margo and Soutine. I was disappointed as well.

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            kathryn Aug 28, 2010 09:08 AM

            Petrossian or go up to Joe the Art of Coffee, I think they carry Ceci-Cela.

            See also:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/714016

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            Ceci-Cela
            55 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

            Petrossian
            182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

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              uwsgrazer Aug 29, 2010 07:20 PM

              Visited La Bergamote (52nd Street location) this morning, based on high scores in the thread above. We thoroughly enjoyed the plain, chocolate and almond croissants.

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

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