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Best eclairs and Napoleon in Manhattan

frelca Jan 26, 2014 12:42 PM

A friend is coming to New York and requested the best eclairs and Napoleon pastry that I could find. I've heard that many places in little Italy are not that great. Any suggestions?

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  1. kosmose7 RE: frelca Jan 26, 2014 07:36 PM

    Unfortunately, there aren't many places that have good French pastries in New York.

    That said...
    eclair: Lady M
    napoleon: Pomme Palais @ The New York Palace

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      wewwew RE: kosmose7 Jan 27, 2014 04:57 PM

      Is Michel Richard overseeing Pomme Palais? I liked his L.A. place.

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        Monica RE: kosmose7 Jan 29, 2014 07:28 AM

        I did love napoleon from Pomme Palais...it has really crisp puffy shells though I think the cream is lacking that rich cream taste.

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          Ttrockwood RE: Monica Jan 29, 2014 02:15 PM

          Not relevant for the OP but i was impressed by the postachio macaron i picked up there last week! I'll have to go back to try more...

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            Monica RE: Ttrockwood Jan 29, 2014 06:48 PM

            Will try them...hopefully I won't like them so much because I work only a few blocks from them.

      2. Cheese Boy RE: frelca Jan 27, 2014 12:35 AM

        I think I know what your friend might be after. I am going to suggest the Lobster tail at Rocco's on Bleeker. Flaky pastry with a creamy (possibly Chantilly or custard) filling. They have Napoleons and Eclairs there also, but I can't vouch for their quality.

        Look --> http://www.foodspotting.com/places/48...

        1. coasts RE: frelca Jan 27, 2014 03:45 AM

          the napoleon at Ceci Cela was always my favorite, but it hasn't been as good the past two times i've had it. probably worth trying.

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            j.jessica.lee RE: frelca Jan 27, 2014 05:06 PM

            I really like the caramel eclair at La Maison du Chocolat. I don't like their chocolate or coffee one as well, but the caramel is truly exquisite. Sometimes they sell out and I think one or two days a week, they are unavailable, but every time I've called ahead, they've offered to put one on hold for me to pick up.

            1. sukekiyo RE: frelca Jan 28, 2014 06:18 PM

              Been on an eclair kick recently... I've tried and liked:

              - chocolate eclair from Pain d'Epices
              - coffee and passion fruit eclairs from Eclair Bakery
              - key lime eclair from Lafayette
              - pumpkin eclair from Maison Kayser (this seems like a seasonal item, don't know if they still have it)

              Caveat: since I'm not a connoisseur by any means, I don't know how good (or bad!) these are. ^_^;

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                coasts RE: sukekiyo Jan 28, 2014 06:32 PM

                did you like the pumpkin eclair from Maison Kayser? i had it once and didn't enjoy it much.

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                  sukekiyo RE: coasts Jan 29, 2014 03:54 PM

                  I did - admittedly am fond of pumpkin in general, so I might be biased.

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                Shirang RE: frelca Jan 28, 2014 06:59 PM

                Not the most authentic but the eclairs at Chikalious are great, but they're more like a choux shaped like an eclair.

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                  Cheese Boy RE: Shirang Jan 28, 2014 09:51 PM

                  A great Pâte à Choux could help the OP also. Good idea !!

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                  wheatfields RE: frelca Jan 29, 2014 12:13 PM

                  Defintely Claude's (Pablo's) coffee eclair - Patisserie Claude

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