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  • Lau Apr 30, 2013 05:41 AM
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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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  1. Dominique Ansel Bakery

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    1. re: alepenazzi

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

      1. re: alepenazzi

        +1 for Dominque Ansel must have the DKA

      2. Mille-Feuille

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        1. re: darren425

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

        2. Zabar's if really just out of the oven.

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          1. re: swannee

            thx!

          2. 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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            1. re: loratliff

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

              1. re: Lau

                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.

                1. re: mimolette

                  ohhh i like pear tarts too

                2. re: Lau

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

                  1. re: foodwhisperer

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

              2. 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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                1. re: lexismore

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

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

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                  1. re: jimmyray

                    Was just as Nougatine today for lunch.

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

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

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                    1. re: roze

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

                      1. re: Lau

                        Either one...both locations have them.

                        1. re: roze

                          thx

                      2. re: roze

                        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.

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

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                        1. re: The Cookbook Addict

                          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.

                          1. re: versalgoodness

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

                            1. re: wewwew

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

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

                          1. Almondine.... by far.

                            1. 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

                              1. La Bergamote

                                1. 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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                                  1. re: six dower

                                    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

                                    1. re: six dower

                                      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,

                                      1. re: mrsjoujou

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

                                      2. re: six dower

                                        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

                                        1. re: foodwhisperer

                                          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.

                                          1. re: sugartoof

                                            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.

                                            1. re: foodwhisperer

                                              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.

                                            2. re: sugartoof

                                              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.

                                              1. re: Peter Cuce

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

                                                1. re: sugartoof

                                                  Ah well, I never thought so.

                                                2. re: Peter Cuce

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

                                                3. re: sugartoof

                                                  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.

                                                  1. re: DavyTheFatBoy

                                                    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).

                                              2. re: six dower

                                                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

                                                1. re: Lau

                                                  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?

                                                  1. re: six dower

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

                                                  2. re: Lau

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

                                                  3. re: six dower

                                                    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?

                                                    1. re: six dower

                                                      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

                                                      1. re: six dower

                                                        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/...

                                                    2. Bien Cuit

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                                                      1. re: mimolette

                                                        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.

                                                      2. 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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                                                        1. re: E Eto

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

                                                        2. 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. 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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                                                            1. re: martie5000

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

                                                              1. re: martie5000

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

                                                              2. Fairway

                                                                1. 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.

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

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                                                                    1. re: wadawada

                                                                      Second that.

                                                                      1. re: wadawada

                                                                        thanks

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

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                                                                        1. re: Ziggy41

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

                                                                        2. 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.