New York’s Most Creative Croissants
In a city where restaurants are opening on a weekly basis and chefs are continuously creating new pastries, innovation is key. Not to mention the role of social media – a plain croissant is hardly going to go viral. While Parisians are probably shaking their heads in disapproval, we don’t mind standing in line for that croissant with a contemporary twist.
Tompkins Square Bagels:
A bagel store is probably the last place you would expect to find a croissant, but Tompkins Square Bagels sure offers one of a kind. There’s not much croissant going on here, just a whole lot of craziness instead. The French toast wraps all of our favorite carbs into one decadent treat, making our breakfast dreams come true. The sugary hybrid asks for a sweet cream cheese, and we highly recommend pairing it with birthday cake or chocolate chip cookie dough. Next time you wake up in the mood for French toast, croissants AND bagels, you know where to go.
Tompkins Square Bagels, 165 Avenue A, New York
Maman is a French bakery and café with several locations in New York, serving family-inspired recipes, from salads to petit dejeuners and pastries. The bakery offers a selection of delicious cookies and croissants, including a plain croissant, a pain au chocolat, an almond croissant and a specialty croissant – you probably guessed which one we came for. The crème brûlée croissant is filled with vanilla cream and topped with a crackly caramelized crust, generating a contrast of soft and crunchy textures. Finally, it’s acceptable to eat crème brûlée for breakfast.
Maman, various locations
Who would have thought one of the best bakeries in New York is in an office building in Tribeca? Definitely not us. The second you step inside Arcade Bakery you’re overwhelmed by a scent of freshly baked goods, making you forget the odd looking space. Although it’s the least innovative croissant in this list, Arcade Bakery does an exceptionally good chocolate almond croissant. The best buttery and flakey texture, filled with an abundance of almond paste and chocolate. The filling gives goeey a whole new meaning. Warning: it gets messy.
Arcade Bakery, 220 Church Street
Dominique Ansel Bakery:
If you haven’t heard of the cronut, we’re not sure what you’ve been up to. The famous French pastry chef Dominique Ansel created the hybrid of the donut and croissant over three years ago, still attracting a line to this day. But unlike other crazy food trends in New York, the Cronut is actually worth the hype. The whole process takes up to three days, resulting in limited availability in the bakery in Soho. The cronut is made with laminated dough and fried in grapeseed oil (fancy). Then, it’s rolled in sugar, filled with cream and topped with a glaze. And with a new flavor every month, the cronuts just keep on coming.
Dominique Ansel Bakery, 189 Spring Street
Daily Provisions is a coffee shop and bakery, serving egg sandwiches, better than average pastries and a croissant that screams New York. The everything croissant is another bagel inspired croissant, filled with cream cheese and the option to add gravlax. Despite the decent amount of cream cheese, the croissant maintains its crispy flaky texture. The pastry has the same classic mix of toppings as the everything bagel: poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onion flakes, caraway seeds, garlic flakes, salt and pepper – it’s everything we could have wished for. Daily Provisions is run by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, making it his first grab-and-go kind of place.
Daily Provisions, 103 East 19th St
Union Fare Bakery:
Union Fare is a new industrial restaurant with a bakery that will definitely test your decision-making skills and self-control. With such a big selection of creative croissants, it’s hard to choose just one. The red velvet croissant filled with cream cheese and fruity pebble croissant with a birthday cake stuffing are celebrations of our favorite American desserts, guaranteed to get that inner child excited. The Matcha croissant is inspired by Asian cuisine, while the crème brûlée croissant gives us everything we love about French treats. Union fare recently started offering their stuffed croissants in bread pudding form – so many carbs, so little time.
Union Fare Bakery, 7 East 17th St
Breads Bakery is dedicated to making artisanal breads, using traditional baking techniques and organic ingredients. But their expertise goes beyond bread, offering a selection of fresh pastries such as the beloved babka filled with a chocolate hazelnut spread. Less known is the rugelach, a traditional Jewish croissant pastry that’s so small it surely can’t contain many calories (that’s what we like to tell ourselves at least). Breads Bakery’s latest version of the rugelach has a filling of nutella, strawberries and mascarpone, making it even more indulgent and delicious. With the new Breads Bakery kiosk at Bryant park, there’s all the more reason to have a picnic with their baked goods.
Breads Bakery, various locations
Dear pastries, we hope our paths will croissant again.
Words By: Siobhan Gunner
Photography: Siobhan Gunner