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Best Almond Croissant in Manhattan?

I'll be making my way back out to Manhattan from LA for President's Day Weekend. Wanted to find something small before lunch at momofuku ko and wanted to get native NY'ers opinion on who has the best almond croissant. I've been told out here to go to Petrossian or Ceci Cela, but is there anywhere else worth checking?

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  1. New on the French pastry scene are Dominique Ansel and Mille-Feuille. I haven't tried the almond croissant at either yet, but I love Mille-Feuille for chocolate and plain croissants. A close friend likes Mille-Feuille as well but he thinks that Payard's chocolate is better. Hope this helps -- I realize it may not! Just don't go to Claude, it's no longer as good as it used to be.

    See also this best French pastry discussion:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/831071

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    Patisserie Claude
    187 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

    Francois Payard Bakery
    116 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

    Mille-feuille
    552 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

    Dominique Ansel Bakery
    189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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    1. re: kathryn

      Petrossian used to be one of my favorites, more so than Payard, but I haven't been in a couple of years. I think you should give it a shot. Looking forward to trying Mille-Feuille and Dominique Ansel.

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      Petrossian Boutique
      911 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

      1. re: kathryn

        Thanks for the recs! I've been to Francois and pretty much ordered everything but the almond croissant. May have to swing by again, but I think I'll stop at Dominique's since I couldn't in November.

      2. I really like the almond croissant at La Maison du Macaron, on 23rd St., b/t 6th & 7th Avs. They offer liquid refreshments, i.e., coffee, hot chocolate, etc., and there's a very pleasant sitting area at the rear of the shop.

        http://www.maisondumacaron.net/

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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        La Maison du Macaron
        132 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

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        1. re: RGR

          I think this is where I'll probably make my stop before momofuku ko so thanks RGR!

          Sidenote: RGR, is there any way I could contact you by email? I had a question about EMP.

          1. re: sixthwood

            It's a really excellent choice. I always forget it's there, and i think the croissants are real sleepers that deserve more attention. Especially the almond.

            1. re: sixthwood

              You're welcome, sixthwood. In addition to the croissants, the danish and pastries at La Maison du Macaron are also wonderful.

              You can reach me via my blog email. :)

              http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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              La Maison du Macaron
              132 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

          2. boulud epicerie. i can eat ten of em.

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            Epicerie Boulud
            1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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            1. re: PradaWilly

              This is where I had my first almond croissant in NYC haha. I definitely loved it, but I want to get around to others to make the comparisons. That almond paste baked on top was delectable...almost reminded me of a dim sum bo lo bao.

               
            2. La Bergamote

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

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              1. re: Chuck Lawrence

                I agree that the ones at Bergamote are quite good. There are two locations: On 9th Ave. at 20th and on 52nd St. at 10th.

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

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

              2. I just had an almond croissant made by Ceci Cela. This one I bought in "Laughing Man" cafe, Hugh Jackman's little place. I buy them at Grand Daisy and Pecan, also, if i can't get to Ceci Cela. They are amazing. You might want to try their Financiers also.

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

                Grandaisy Bakery
                73 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

                Pecan
                130 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013

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                1. re: foodwhisperer

                  I am sure the other suggestions are great but I like Ceci Cela for the overall experience of a small back street Parisian cafe. Never disappointed.

                2. I'll be visiting shortly after you and am planning to visit Ansel, Mille-Feuille, and Epicerie Boulud to sample theirs.

                  With that noted, the best I've had in NY is CiCi Cela followed by Petrossian. I had a fantastic one at Payard's Vegas location but have not yet visited the NYC location.

                  IMO you have the best Almond Croissants I've had in the US just down the road at Amandine, so YMMV.

                  http://endoedibles.com

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                  1. re: uhockey

                    Duly noted! Will have to swing by there, possibly this weekend! Thanks!

                    1. re: uhockey

                      My new favorite bakery (especially for all things croissant related) has to be Dominique Ansel. I go to Paris almost every year and it is the closest we get to that here in New York, IMHO. Mille Feuille comes a very close second. I'm also enjoying La Bergamote quite a bit but it's not quite like MF or DA.

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                      Dominique Ansel Bakery
                      189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

                    2. I have to agree with Petrossian , they sell out fast , which is sort of a blessing as I could eat these everyday.