For some time I have contemplated posting Claude's croissants on "The Best" message board, but have refrained because his patisserie is written about so widely in other places. However, the New York Magazine/Best of New York issue has prompted me to post. Patisserie Claude is once again applauded as a French bakery - but his rudeness is noted, something mentioned in nearly everything I read about the store. I have been going to Claude's several times a week for many years and he has only ever been very courteous, even friendly. His English is not great, but that isn't rudeness. And his croissants are magnificent with a crispy, buttery crust covering a light, doughy center. So I must leap to Claude's defense. How do these nasty myths take hold? Have other chowhounds had good or bad experiences at Claude's? For me, if you want to talk about rudeness, try the Melampo man. His sandwiches are delicious, but his surly attitude means I can no longer patronize his store.
Perhaps this should be on the "Not About Food" board?