Looking for the best croissant NYC has to offer? This post shares the 5 best croissants in the city from sweet to savory, Instagrammable to authentic!
After completing my post on the BEST bakeries in NYC I just knew I would have to follow up with a post dedicated to the glorious and oh so hard to perfect croissant. I will travel far and wide to find that expertly crafted croissant with just the right amount of butter. Savory to sweet, I've got a spot in my heart for all things croissants...ham and cheese, almond, chocolate...it really is a shame I don't live in NYC so I can enjoy the BEST croissants NYC has to offer more often...my waistline might disagree though.
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Best croissants NYC - TOP 5
1. La Maison du Macaron
THE BEST ALMOST CHOCOLATE CROISSANT IN NYC
If you’re looking for the best chocolate almond croissant in NYC La Maison du Macaron is your spot! They’re also known for their ham and cheese croissant which I of course tried and can say is tres bien, but it’s the chocolate almond croissant that really makes this French bakery an outstanding winner. Its flakey without being a crumbling disaster and the almond paste has the creamiest consistency without having that fake almond taste that many subpar bakeries are known for. The addition of rich chocolate makes this the perfect treat. Put this spot at the top of your list to taste the best croissant in NYC.
La Maison du Macaron has a cute area to sit and usually isn't crowded. This is a great option to sit for a moment or rest your feet from sightseeing. The macarons are excellent as well.
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2. Supermoon Bakehouse
The best gourmet and Instagrammable croissant in NYC
Supermoon Bakehouse was at the top of my list for overall best bakeries in NYC so it’s no surprise they make the top of the list for best croissants in NYC. Supermoon Bakehouse offers unique treats in a trippy atmosphere. This is one place I go out of my way to visit every time I’m in NYC as it’s that good!
This is no traditional bakehouse and is perfect for those looking for something a little off the beaten path and unique. Club music echoes off the concrete floors, light reflects off the psychedelic packaging lining the walls, and you get a full view of what’s baking behind the floor to ceiling windows separating the shop from where the magic happens.
Supermoon Bakehouse is known for their cruffin (a croissant-muffin hybrid) with fillings like vanilla cream and rhubarb strawberry basil. Their menu changes and includes a mix of flavors. Traditional flavor profiles like the croque moniseur croissant (a fancy ham and cheese croissant), spinach pie croissant, and salted caramel donut are offered alongside more unique flavor combinations like the rosemary blueberry croissant, smores croissant, rose jelly pistachio cream donut, curry mango donut, and banana split croissant.
Arrive early because they can sell out on busy days and weekends. I highly recommend getting a sweet and a savory option. The Croque monsieur croissant, aka: ham and cheese croissant, is the best I have EVER had with thick slices of ham and the perfect blend of gouda, cheddar and béchamel. Supermoon easily makes the list of best croissants in NYC with their traditional and unique offerings.
3. Dominique Ansel Bakery and Dominique Ansel Kitchen
The best croissant hybrids in NYC (the cronut and DKA)
Chef Dominique Ansel has quite the reputation in the pastry world. He was named the "World’s Best Pastry Chef" by the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards in 2017 and listed as one of Business Insider’s “Most Innovative People Under 40”.
His signature creation is the cronut (a croissant-donut hybrid) which Time Magazine named one of the 25 best inventions in 2013. Though his other signature pastry, the DKA, outsells the cronut 2 to 1. It's a caramelized croissant type treat with a gooey center and the perfect combination of sweet and buttery. These two unique croissant hybrids earn Dominique Ansel on the list of best croissants in NYC alone. Take away the cronut and the DKA and I would still include Dominique Ansel because the more traditional croissants are outstanding.
You have two options for experiencing Dominique Ansel’s creations. Dominique Ansel Bakery is the original shop located in SoHo. Here you will find all the usual croissants including chocolate, plain, ham and cheese, and almond. There are also rotating and seasonal flavors. Last time I visited there was a Nutella croissant and a toasted coconut chocolate croissant. This is the only location you can buy the cronut and they usually sell out. The SoHo location is extremely popular and you will find it busy all hours of the day. This is also where you will find a selection of artistic pastries almost too beautiful to eat…almost.
Dominique Ansel Kitchen is a new concept in Greenwich Village where 70% of the menu is made or finished to order. This does not go for the croissants as those take hours upon hours, but it’s worth noting if you decide to order other menu items like the freshly fried beignets or the light and airy chocolate mousse that is folded on the spot. I specifically like Dominique Ansel Kitchen for their croissants because they get creative. The Marcona almond lavender croissant was like none I had ever had before and left me wishing I had ordered another to-go to enjoy later. They also do an interesting garlic croissant with entire cloves folded in the layers, a spicy chorizo croissant, and a carbonera croissant. All delicious and so unique!
4. Ceci Cela Patisserie
The most authentic croissant in NYC
If you’re searching for the best traditional French croissants, and more specifically a traditional almond croissant, head on over to Ceci Cela. This lower east side bakery makes an almond croissant that is very different from the typical almond croissant you will find in the states. You can actually see the crushed almonds in the almond paste. Almost more like an almond butter than the pastry almond crème you typically see. This is one of the only almond croissants I have had that didn’t taste very sweet and left you feeling substainally less guilty than when eating the typical almond croissant. The fresh almond paste gave a very subtle sweetness and made for a perfect pairing with a strong americano.
If you don’t want to head to the lower east side visit a handful of coffee shops that sell Ceci Cela pastries. Culture Espresso and Bell’s Coffee & Design are a few to note. I grabbed my croissants from Bell’s Coffee & Design. The barista, who just happened to be from France, confirmed my research and taste buds. He noted that not only does Ceci Cela make the best croissant in NYC, but that they’re exactly what you would find in France and made “the correct way”. Be sure to go early or call to make sure they aren’t sold out!
5. Arcade Bakery
Off the tourist radar...join the locals!
Arcade Bakery may have odd hours, Monday to Friday 8:00am to 3:00pm, and it may be a bit out of the way for people seeing the sites in NYC as it’s in Lower Manhattan in the Tribeca area, but most people will say none of that matters once you taste their croissants. Scroll through the reviews of this place and you will see that people absolutely rave about it! The almond croissant is the most popular but the chocolate croissant and ham and cheese croissant get plenty of attention as well.
The almost non-existent social media presence and website along with the hidden location inside a historic office building make this feel like a secret only locals know about. Give it a try and make sure to go early as they sell out quickly. I really enjoyed the plain croissant as it had just the right amount of butteriness and definitely agreed that the almond croissant was rave worthy.
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