Who makes the best croissant in New York?

Great question, right? Emily, Brie and I brought in our nominees for “Best in NYC” last week for a battle. Of course, we decided to let a total expert (Garance) decide which one tastes the most like you got in from a boulangerie in Paris.

The nominees…

Alex: Mine is from a bakery in Harlem, Patisserie Des Ambassades, and I have no problem getting up extra early to snag one when they open at 7am. It’s light, flaky and just buttery enough. They also have a very good pain au chocolat…or so I hear…

Emily: The croissants at Balthazar just smell like Paris! And have the perfect balance of butter and flake.

Brie: Ceci-Cela croissant. Buttery, soft, flaky, light delicate layers, it’s a perfect croissant straight from the case. And, did I mention voted #1 in NYC (by Serious Eats) or also that I had two yesterday??

The results…

Garance: These croissants were all okay, but I dont think any of them really qualify as the best.
I know you’re going to yell at me, but too bad, here goes: my favorite croissants in New York are the ones at Prêt-À-Manger. They’re always served warm, they melt in your mouth, but are crunchy at the same time, and it’s impossible not to drool like Pavlov’s dogs every time I pass one of their signs, and…gulp: there are a lot of them.