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?
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.
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.
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.
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. ^_^;