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Bakery/Pastry shop/Chocolatier in Gramercy area.

Hi, sorry if this has been asked a million times, I can't seem to find a thread to point me in the right direction. I'm renting an apartment for 3 days in the Gramercy area in a few weeks. I really want a great croissant, french pastries, fabulous cookies, and a nice scene to relax in. Suggestions for around that area? Thank you!

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  1. La Maison du Macaron, on 23rd, b/t 6th & 7th Avs., is a favorite of ours for delicious croissants, French pastries, Danish, and, of course, macarons. There's a very nice seating area in the rear of the shop.

    http://maisondumacaron.net

    http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

    1. There's quite a bit around Gramercy. 71 Irving has good coffee and a nice atmosphere but their pastries can be hit or miss. They carry Balthzar croissants but I've had one or two that were on the stale side. There's a Le Pain Quotidien past Park Avenue on 19th or keep walking to City Bakery on 18th and 5th and try the pretzel croissant for something delicious and different and of course the chocolate chip cookie is awesome!

      And of course there is always Eataly closer to the Flatiron. During the morning hours it's quite calm up front near the Cafe part. However once it hits 11:30 or so watch out for lots of crowds.

      1. Thanks for your help!

        1. Stop into the bar area of Maialino, you can definitely have a pastry and a coffee there.

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          1. re: kathryn

            Good suggestion, kathryn! The Brioche Caramellato (Toffee Glazed Brioche) is seriously delicious.

            Brioche Caramellato photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

            http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

            1. re: RGR

              I also highly agree with this suggestion. I often forget about Maialino but that Toffee Glazed Brioche is wonderful.

          2. For an old school, neighborhood place that has very nice rainbow cookies and petit fours, the La Delice on 3rd Ave and 27th st. Not a sit-down place, but great to get something to bring back to the apartment, and a little nostalgic to boot. It's been around since the 1930's or so.