I'm coming to NY for a visit in September and I'm looking for places with great breakfast pastries and strong coffee that is preferably NOT dark roast.
I like croissants and reading the croissant threads makes me think that Bergamote, Petrossian and Ceci-Cela would all be good choices. But I also like sticky buns and cinnamon rolls and other breakfast pastries (coffee cake? filled almond croissants? etc.), so I wanted to ask about breakfast pastries in general. It could either be a sit down restaurant or a bakery with (or without) a counter to sit at. It is hard to describe what I like in a pastry since it depends on the type, but in general buttery and flaky are good attributes of most pastries - though I wouldn't call a sticky bun or a cinnamon roll flaky, so maybe that's too much of a generalization.
We'll be staying downtown but I have no problem going anywhere in Manhattan for a great breakfast pastry.
I've been to City Bakery on past trips and it was ok. I'll go back there if there isn't something better to try.
Oh, and any places that have strong coffee? I don't expect this in the same place, but that's ok, I can stop at one place for the coffee and another for the pastry.
55 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019