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Lau Apr 30, 2013 05:41 AM

Anyone know where to get a great almost croissant? (preferably downtown, but wherever will do)

ive had some craving for them recently

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    DavyTheFatBoy Aug 2, 2013 05:15 PM

    My wife prefers the almond croissants from Lafayette over all others in the village/Soho. I really enjoy the almond brioche (yes, a different thing) at La Maison du Macaron on West 23rd Street.

    1. Ziggy41 Aug 2, 2013 06:02 AM

      Not sure if anyone mentioned. Sullivan st Bakery does a good one

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        foodwhisperer Aug 2, 2013 05:19 PM

        Sullivan St Bakery and Gran Daisy both get almond croissants from Ceci Cela.

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        wadawada May 29, 2013 08:01 PM

        La Maison du Macaron on 23rd street. Their chocolate almond croissant is decadent. It's more dessert than breakfast fare.

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          sugartoof May 29, 2013 08:38 PM

          Second that.

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            Lau May 29, 2013 09:15 PM

            thanks

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            Cookbug May 26, 2013 06:00 AM

            This past weekend, we visited the bakery within the newly opened Lafayette. We sampled a number of items including the croissant of the day which was a chocolate coconut croissant. Amazingly yummy. I noticed they had a beautiful looking almond croissant. If the one we had was an indication of Lafayette's croissant, the almond should be fantastic.

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              Elisa515 May 21, 2013 12:21 AM

              Fairway

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                martie5000 May 20, 2013 08:05 PM

                Hands down: Tartine - W. 11 and W 4th st (if you are local you know they do cross!) - OUTRAGEOUSLY good. Toothsome. Unctuous. Addictive.

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                  sugartoof May 21, 2013 12:02 AM

                  I always forget they have croissants. They could be a sleeper contender.

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                    Lau May 21, 2013 05:45 AM

                    ahh interesting...never knew they had croissants, used to go there alot when i lived that way

                  2. ipsedixit May 19, 2013 11:19 AM

                    The chocolate almond croissant at Bouchon (Midtown/Rockefeller Ctr) was surprisingly decent.

                    Not a bad way to occupy my hands and mouth while watching the Today Show.

                    1. E Eto May 5, 2013 02:48 AM

                      If you're in a car in Queens during the day, stop at Patisserie Cannelle in Jackson Heights for their almond croissants. I also love almond croissants and stopped my search there since it fulfilled all my wishes. I learned my lesson when I dropped in and got an almond croissant at Ceci-Cela and thought it was pretty bad in comparison. The pastry chef at Cannelle was formerly the head patissiere at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, IIRC. Also, the croissants at Cannelle are about half or 2/3 the price of anywhere else, so they are an excellent value to grab a bunch.

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                        Lau May 5, 2013 06:54 AM

                        ahh interesting, this is why i love chowhound, wth would've thought about a place in jackson heights for an almond croissant!

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                        mimolette May 3, 2013 07:54 PM

                        Bien Cuit

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                          plafield May 4, 2013 02:50 PM

                          Had the almond croissant and an almond pear tart at Ceci Cela a couple of weeks ago. I was not impressed. The croissant was very close to burned and was wet as opposed to crisp or flaky and not very almondy in flavor, The tart was better but not amazing.

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                          six dower May 3, 2013 10:57 AM

                          I would love it if you could cover the almond croissant in a post. When I am in NYC, this is my "have to have". I have tried the following:
                          FP - love the chocolate,I ask for it warmed.
                          Ansel's - great, current favorite, I ask for it warmed
                          Dean and Deluca - not good
                          Mille-Feuille - not a fan
                          Petrossian's - ok, not worth a return visit
                          Ceci Cela's - ok

                          My next stops will be Bread's and Bien Cuit.

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                            Lau May 3, 2013 11:04 AM

                            i already decided im going to cover it in a post although may take me a while to go to all of the places, but ill get it done...i love almond croissants

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                              mrsjoujou May 3, 2013 07:39 PM

                              My husband had the BC's almond today and he didn't care for it. He said it was too much almond paste and that made it too heavy,

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                                mimolette May 3, 2013 08:01 PM

                                Tous Les Jours, a Korean bakery has the lightest one.

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                                foodwhisperer May 3, 2013 09:19 PM

                                I think Ceci Cela's are better than ok, i think they are excellent. Many of the cafes use Ceci Cela almond croissants. Some are Gran Daisy, Sullivan St Bakery, Pecan, Laughing Man, many more

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                                  sugartoof May 4, 2013 01:14 PM

                                  Have you sampled a Ceci Cela recently?

                                  They're not what they once were, in my opinion. They're underbaking and cutting corners, and the last time I was in the shop, I wondered if they had sold. It wouldn't be the first time Ceci Cela's quality declined, so maybe they'll be able to rebound, and the owner can get things in order...otherwise, much like former favorite Balthazar, the product has fallen off drastically.

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                                    foodwhisperer May 25, 2013 02:28 PM

                                    The only times recently that I've had not up to par Ceci Cela pastries was from other cafes that they sell to. They have not sold, the owner, Laurent, does the baking usually.

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                                      sugartoof May 25, 2013 09:28 PM

                                      I just found something very off with the store. It's been about 2 months since my last visit though, so maybe it was just a rough week. Everything in it looked like a pale imitation.

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                                      Peter Cuce May 25, 2013 07:56 PM

                                      I never found Balthazar croissants to be that great, ever. Ceci Cela overall has gone downhill over the years. Their tarts and some other things used to be quite nice but no longer.

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                                        sugartoof May 25, 2013 08:28 PM

                                        The almond croissant in particular used to be incredible back when it first opened in the 90's.

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                                          Peter Cuce May 25, 2013 08:51 PM

                                          Ah well, I never thought so.

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                                          foodwhisperer May 25, 2013 08:59 PM

                                          I always loved ceci cela's financiers. I haven't had one in a while though

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                                          DavyTheFatBoy Aug 2, 2013 05:21 PM

                                          The croissants at Ceci Cela are excellent (interesting, non standard), but I just didn't care for the flat almond croissant with no crunch, no flake, no texture.

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                                            foodwhisperer Aug 3, 2013 05:19 AM

                                            Interesting, I guess we all have different tastes or likes on croissants. But that's what makes this board what it is. Ceci Cela's are probably moister than you like .I think Ceci Cela's almond croissants are perfect ( when fresh).

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                                        Lau May 4, 2013 05:38 AM

                                        when you say FP did you mean francois payard? i writing up a list to try all of them...going to write a post on this

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                                          six dower May 5, 2013 05:01 AM

                                          Yes. FP on Houston is the only FP location that serves the almond croissant with chocolate. This is my favorite of the FPayard's locations.

                                          I agree with the comments on Ceci's croissant quality decline. I tried one two months ago...not good.

                                          My upcoming visit will include stops at Tous Les Jours, Breads, Maison Kayser, and ?others I have yet to try?

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                                            Lau May 5, 2013 06:53 AM

                                            yah i started on this yesterday, but its going to take me a while to try all these places

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                                            Ttrockwood May 20, 2013 06:51 PM

                                            I agree with "six downer", Francois makes magical almond coissants. Although now i must go back and ask for mine warmed!!!

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                                            six dower May 19, 2013 04:59 AM

                                            Hi Lau,

                                            Here is my report from last week's sampling's:
                                            FP and Kaiser- great as always. I stopped by the UES locations. I stopped by Kaiser first. Kaiser would not warm the croissant as requested. The server at FP warmed both croissant's (FP and Kaiser) for me so that I could compare the two (she was interested in the comparison as well). Hands down FP! The FP croissant has the correct ratio of Valrhona chocolate throughout the entire croissant. The Kaiser croissant is to date, my least favorite in the city. I wish I had a picture. I cannot describe in words how bad it looked and tasted. A tiny cube of waxy chocolate that did not melt during the baking process and the texture was similar to a pastry crust vs a croissant.
                                            Ansel's - good but without the chocolate it is hard to compare. Cronut - insane. No words for this creature. Please try asap.
                                            Bread's - my new favorite. The croissant is very good and I would compare it on a level to some of the few that I sampled in Paris. The Babka is amazing. I also sampled the cheese stick;decent. My next trip, Bread's will be my first stop.

                                            I also stopped by TreeHouse. The spot carries several sweets from around the city. Dough Donuts, Pipcorn, Ovenly cookies. I purchased a bit of everything. The only rave was the chocolate chip cookie from Ovenly. The other items did not taste fresh. Perhaps they are not delivered daily?

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                                              Lau May 19, 2013 08:09 AM

                                              ahhh very nice report, ive only gotten through 2 places (trying a 3rd one today), but im slowly making my way through the places and ill have a full report once i try all of them

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                                                plafield May 23, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                Just read on EATER that there's been an insane line daily at DA for those cronuts so be prepared to wait if you're rushing over there to try one. http://ny.eater.com/archives/2013/05/...

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                                              Chuck Lawrence May 2, 2013 07:28 PM

                                              La Bergamote

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                                                Lau May 1, 2013 07:28 PM

                                                wow thanks for all the recs!! i originally just was doing this to find one place to get a good almond croissant this weekend, but maybe ill have to do a whole post on almond croissants

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                                                  sugartoof May 1, 2013 06:41 PM

                                                  Almondine.... by far.

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                                                    Liquid Sky May 1, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                    Downtown... I heard that LA COLOMBE (the coffee shop on Lafayette) has terrific almond croissants.

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                                                      The Cookbook Addict May 1, 2013 01:59 PM

                                                      Runner and Stone in Brooklyn has far and away the best almond croissant in the city.

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                                                        versalgoodness May 3, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                        Seconded, although I can't say I've tried all the top candidates citywide. Nice thing about the R&S almond croissant, as with their other pastries, is that it's fairly small, so you can try a few at once.

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                                                          wewwew May 4, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                          Another Runner and Stone fan. By me worth the trip.

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                                                            jon May 30, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                            chiming in to say that the banana chocolate croissant at runner & stone is out of this world. their almond croissant is very good too.

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                                                        roze May 1, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                        My two favorite in the city are Bien Cuit and Almondine (Brooklyn)

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                                                          Lau May 4, 2013 05:43 AM

                                                          when u say bien cuit, do you mean the one in the west village or the one in brooklyn?

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                                                            roze May 5, 2013 04:53 PM

                                                            Either one...both locations have them.

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                                                              Lau May 6, 2013 05:48 AM

                                                              thx

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                                                            DavyTheFatBoy Aug 2, 2013 05:18 PM

                                                            I tried Bien Cuit in the Village last week, burnt flesh on any croissant like thing is a real turn off for me. That said, the almond filling was fine.

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                                                            jimmyray May 1, 2013 09:04 AM

                                                            Epicerie Boulud (Broadway & 64th) - excellent here!

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                                                              ipsedixit May 1, 2013 08:13 PM

                                                              Was just as Nougatine today for lunch.

                                                              Would've picked up something from Epicerie, but everything looked overpriced.

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                                                              lexismore May 1, 2013 07:37 AM

                                                              It's not downtown, but I've always been a fan of Petrossian's almond croissant.

                                                              Also, Ceci Cela's chocolate almond croissant used to be great, although I haven't had one in years.

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                                                                eastofthemississippi May 6, 2013 08:40 AM

                                                                Note Petrossian bakery generally runs out by 2pm, noon on weekends.

                                                              2. loratliff Apr 30, 2013 06:43 AM

                                                                Not an almond croissant (you've already been recommended my two favorites), but if you like almond-y things in general, try the almond brioche toast at Amy's Bread as well.

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                                                                  Lau Apr 30, 2013 07:01 AM

                                                                  i like almost anything that's almond pastry or almond paste, so that sounds delicious!

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                                                                    mimolette May 3, 2013 08:07 PM

                                                                    Mitchel London, 65th between 5th and Madison has a pear tart that has plenty of delicious frangipane. My friend has been crazy about that tart for years.

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                                                                      Lau May 3, 2013 09:23 PM

                                                                      ohhh i like pear tarts too

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                                                                      foodwhisperer May 3, 2013 09:37 PM

                                                                      You'd probably like the maron pie at Takahachi bakery. It's an amazing chestnut pastry. made with chestnut and chestnut paste.

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                                                                        Lau May 4, 2013 05:23 AM

                                                                        oh yah? i get my haircut close to that place...ill pick one up next time

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                                                                    swannee Apr 30, 2013 06:40 AM

                                                                    Zabar's if really just out of the oven.

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                                                                      Lau Apr 30, 2013 07:02 AM

                                                                      thx!

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                                                                      darren425 Apr 30, 2013 05:58 AM

                                                                      Mille-Feuille

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                                                                        Lau Apr 30, 2013 06:34 AM

                                                                        ah thanks! someone mentioned it to me the other day, but i forgot about it...just bookmarked it

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                                                                        alepenazzi Apr 30, 2013 05:53 AM

                                                                        Dominique Ansel Bakery

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                                                                          Lau Apr 30, 2013 06:34 AM

                                                                          ohhhh good call been meaning to try that place, thanks!

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                                                                            mdietrich Aug 1, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                                            +1 for Dominque Ansel must have the DKA

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