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Eclair Bakery (Midtown East)

ipsedixit | Feb 19, 201403:45 PM

Prompted by this recommendation from fellow 'hound sukekiyo,, I decided to give Eclair Bakery a try.

First, let me say I am by no means an expert on what makes a good eclair, but I just know what tastes good *to me* and these were darn good.

I tried the caramel and praline ones and both were tender (sort of light and flaky but not croissant-like), and not too sweet as the eggy pastry dough was a good contrast to the sweet toppings and the cream. Although, I must admit the caramel one had a strong Cracker Jack aftertaste in the mouth -- a bit odd.

While the eclairs are generally pretty good, I think the true standout at this place is the King Cake -- a riff on the traditional Northern French King Cake (or galette des rois), and not the Cajun style ones that look like an overgrown glazed cinnamon roll with a hole in the middle.

Eclair Bakery's version is light and airy (the puff pastry execution here is truly extraordinary with a nice crunchy, caramelized top layer) and filled with good almond-y frangipane (that I believed had a hint of rum, but who knows).

Good add to the 'hood.

Go for the eclairs, stay for the King Cake.

Eclair Bakery
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