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Best eclairs and Napoleon in Manhattan

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. 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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    1. re: kosmose7

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

      1. re: kosmose7

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

        1. re: Monica

          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...

          1. re: Ttrockwood

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

      2. 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. 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.

          1. 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. 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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              1. re: sukekiyo

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

                1. re: coasts

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

              2. 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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                1. re: Shirang

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

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