Patisserie Claude will bake its last croissant sometime before the end of the year, and devotees are taking the impending loss hard. “This is rough, rough news,” muses Denis. “Nothing lasts forever I guess, but this place has been a touchstone of satisfaction for me.” So where will pastry-lovers find satisfaction without this beloved Village shop and its quirky, talented proprietor?
Several endorse Lafayette French Pastry on Greenwich Avenue for “homemade pastry in the old style,” as NinaNYC puts it, made by another quirky, talented baker.
For almond croissants, a Claude specialty, hounds turn to La Bergamote and Madeleine Patisserie, though some may find the latter too sweet, Miss Needle warns.
And for something different, though not completely different, Denis recommends Tarallucci e Vino for its cornetti, which are Italian croissants. You can find excellent cappuccino there, too, adds vvvindaloo.
Another recent Chowhound bakery obsession has been the baguette. MMRuth and JoanN picked up five loaves and staged their very own bread olympiad. Gold went to the bread baked by Sullivan Street Bakery (purchased at Grandaisy), which impressed the judges thanks to its good crust with a “nice crackle.” The bread’s flavor benefited from brief reheating on a pizza stone.
The silver medal winner came from Tom Cat Bakery (purchased at Citarella), while the baguette from Balthazar (purchased at Fairway) took bronze. Both were distinguished by their unusually good flavor. (The also-rans were
from the Belgian chain Le Pain Quotidien and the Fairway market’s house bakery.)
Not included in Ruth and Joan’s taste-off, but recommended by other hounds, are baguettes from Silver Moon (the rustic variety beats the traditional one, advises ringside71) and Bread Alone, a bakery in the Catskills recommended by adrman, which peddles its wares at farmers’ markets around New York City.
Patisserie Claude [Greenwich Village]
187 W. Fourth Street (between Barrow and Jones streets), Manhattan
Lafayette French Pastry [Greenwich Village]
26 Greenwich Avenue (between Charles and W. 10th streets), Manhattan
Petrossian Boutique & Café [Midtown]
911 Seventh Avenue (near W. 58th Street), Manhattan
La Bergamote [Chelsea]
169 Ninth Avenue (at W. 20th Street), Manhattan
Madeleine Patisserie [Chelsea]
128 W. 23rd Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues), Manhattan
Tarallucci e Vino [East Village]
163 First Avenue (at E. 10th Street), Manhattan
Tarallucci e Vino [Flatiron]
15 E. 18th Street (between Broadway and Fifth Avenue), Manhattan
Sullivan Street Bakery [Hell’s Kitchen]
533 W. 47th Street (between 10th and 11th avenues), Manhattan
Tom Cat Bakery [Long Island City]
43-05 10th Street (at 43rd Avenue), Long Island City
80 Spring Street (at Crosby Street), Manhattan
Le Pain Quotidien [Upper West Side]
50 W. 72nd Street (between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West), Manhattan
Fairway [Upper West Side]
2127 Broadway (between W. 74th and 75th streets), Manhattan
Silver Moon Bakery [Upper West Side]
2740 Broadway (at W. 105th Street), Manhattan
Bread Alone [Ulster County]
3958 Route 28, Boiceville, NY