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Alcazar Patisserie

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Alcazar Patisserie

Steven Stern | Apr 10, 2000 03:32 PM

This place came up recently as the new resident of the space that was Sassy's Sliders (1st Ave. & 10th). Stopped in yesterday and think it might be worth further attention. I had that rarest of rareties, a good croissant. Actually a REALLY good croissant, small and crisp and flaky, buttery but not greasy/oozy--it might be up there with the best I've had in town (including City Bakery & Claude; I've not been to Ceci-Cela), though maybe I was just really hungry. Got a baguette that was similarly exemplary--crust on that perfect crunchy/chewy divide, characterful insides.

The pastries--particularly the eclairs--looked really good. While I was waiting in line, a woman came up to the counter to say: that was the BEST _____ (couldn't hear) she'd had since Paris.

Owners seem like lovely people: they (and many of the customers) are French. The space is anonymous-looking and kind of ugly, almost like a chain bakery, but I think the Real Thing might be going on inside.

Anybody else have any experiences?

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