On the dawn of National Croissant Day, I thought it only right to do a quick round-up of some of my favorite places to get croissants. It’s no secret that croissants are one of my favorite indulgences in life. I mean the buttery, flaky, chewy goodness is just a taste of heaven on earth. (And after all it is the namesake of this blog!) I’ve had my share of bad croissants, which I won’t speak of in this post, but I will tell you about some of my most coveted.
- Maison Kayser in NYC. I actually didn’t know about this place until after I had gone to the original Eric Kayser in Paris. Boy, was I missing out! The croissants here are just decadent. There are 4 varieties. You have your standard, a pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant), an almond, and if that didn’t entice you enough… A chocolate-almond combo croissant. I personally love the traditional and the almond from Maison Kayser, but I put Mario on to the chocolate-almond and from what I understand he really loved it! Maison Kayser is a chain of French bistros/bakeries with several locations in NYC. I’ve been to 2 of them. One is on the Upper West Side and the other is in Columbus Circle. Both locations have a bakery in the front of the store and dining tables in the back. The breakfast and lunch menus will transport you to Paris. This is also a good stop if you want to bring a special treat to a friend or a soirée!
- Eric Kayser in the Odeon section of the 6th arrondissement on Rue de l’Ancienne Comedie. This is probably one of the most memorable croissant experiences in my adult life. I went for the almond croissant once again. The edge here is that the croissant was served warm fresh out of the oven. I think I totally blocked out the world for a good minute while I blissfully chewed on this treat. There is nothing else like it. I paired it with a cappuccino and off I went to walk it off at The Galeries Lafayette! An unforgettable day it was.
- Chantilly Patisserie in Bronxville, NY. Chantilly is the quintessential French bakery with some of the best macarons, pastries, and yes croissants, that Westchester County has to offer. It’s a small bakery with big taste. I found out about this bakery from my good friend Terri who gifted me with their macarons for my birthday 2 years ago. I’ve been coming here ever since. If you’re looking for real deal French flair, Chantilly does not disappoint. Their pain au chocolat is on point as well as the traditional. What sets this place apart from the rest is the Dulce de Leche croissants which are made to order. They take the traditional croissant, slice it as you would a baguette to make a sandwich, and add the caramel in the middle. It’s rich, but somedays you just need that. Equally yummy are the nutella croissants.
- Last but not least, Trader Joe’s frozen croissants in the freezer section of your local TJ’s. They come in Almond and Chocolate varieties. I recently hosted a little birthday brunch and my friend Brenda at becomebetty.com suggested that I try these. I’m a huge Trader Joe’s fan, but I didn’t expect their croissants to be as good as they were. If I didn’t know they were frozen, I would think they were freshly baked. They come 4 in a pack and they were a huge hit at brunch! I recommend giving them a try the next time you’re shopping at TJ’s. Hint: You have to leave them out overnight to rise. For a better review of these go check out this review.
So that’s all I got for now. Look out for another croissant round-up soon enough! Hope you treat yourself to a decadent croissant this week as it’s still the week of National Croissant Day. Go ahead, you’re awesome, you’ve earned it. Xoxo Ashley
Where do you go for your favorite croissants? Leave a comment and let us know!