I can confirm that the cookies taste wonderful but I also had a serious overspreading issue.
This is a beautiful recipe, and I loved your article on the search for it! Question: what brand of chocolate do you like to use? And what brand of flour?
Mille-Feuille actually has the best croissants in the city, fantastic ones as good as the best in France, and I've tried all the others (Ceci-Cela?? I really don't know how SE came to that conclusion. CC is not even in contention in my opinion...)...
For ice cream:
Ample Hills (so much great stuff, but ooey gooey butter cake is a particular favorite of mine)
Jeni's ice cream (available at Dean & Deluca's and Provisions and a few other shops)
Runner-ups to Big gay ice cream, Brooklyn ice cream factory, Brooklyn Farmacy, Koolhaus, Chozen
For gelato I'd go with Mo Gelato,
Runner-ups go to Grom, L'arte, il Lab, the gelato at Brooklyn Larder, and probably others I've forgotten
Mille Feuille has the best croissants in the city. They're up there with the best in Paris.
The sweet potato sandwich in Brooklyn is at Van Horn.
The shiitake mushroom sandwich at Olive's in Soho is wonderfully addictive -- chewy and earthy.
The zucchini parm at No 7 sub is notable. The kati rolls at Kati Roll Company are superior to those of Thelewala.
The veggie burger at 5 Napkin, the Oaxacan grilled cheese at Little Muenster, and the banh mi at Hanco's are also all excellent.
The problem is that so many Chinese sauces, like the ubiquitous brown sauce, are made with chicken or beef stock and/or oyster sauce. It's exhausting to have to try to figure this out and exclude it at every Chinese restaurant when almost every dish is heavily based on these sauces.
Thanks for the review. Did you happen to ask about the possible inclusion of oyster sauce in some of the recipes? Or about the beef broth that often makes up brown sauces? These would be great to know about as well.
Croissants - Petrossian's
Bread - Levain
chocolate cupcake - Two Little Red Hens
red velvet cupcake - Buttercup
mousse-based cupcakes - Cafe Angelique
regular cupcakes - sugar sweet sunshine
macarons - bisous ciao, desserttruck works
chocolate chip cookie - Baked
breakfast pastries - Locanda Verde
eastern european treats - Andre's Hungarian
black and white cookies - William Greenberg
pies - blue stove, little pie company
Shocking and interesting that tastes can differ so much. I can't remember if I've tried their croissants per se, but I've tasted Ceci Cela's chocolate croissants and found them sorely lacking. My standard for the best are the great chocolate croissants of Paris (e.g. Maison Kayser, Gerard Mulot).
I've tried most of the chocolate croissants at places on the list, and on many places off it. The only ones that strike me as worthy are:
-Taralluci e Vino
-Olea (in Brooklyn)
There's a mid-tier that includes Bouchon, Payard, Madeleine, Bergamote, Financier, Almondine, Canelle.
But the chocolate croissants at Balthazar and Ceci-Cela are downright mediocre in my opinion, and I'm also not a terribly huge fan of the ones at Patisserie Claude (they seem off to me somehow).
Try Locanda Verde (breakfast till 11) (everything's excellent), the Breslin at the Ace Hotel (breakfast till 11:45) (try the chocolate croissant), Nougatine (breakfast till 11) (great scrambled eggs), Schiller's Liquor Bar (breakfast till 4) (try the french toast), Clinton St. Baking Company (breakfast till 11:30) (try the pancakes). That should be a start...
Really, I actually like the random street-corner pizza places when I'm in the mode for pizza. The just-average picked-at-a-glance pizza place slice of cheese, topped with red peppers, oregano, and parmesan cheese can really hit the spot.
Ben's on Macdougal (grandma)
Joe's (fresh mozzarella)
Pizza 33 (fresh mozzarella)
Wonderful article - thanks!
Kathy, can you please consider including more information about whether you *like* the food you review? I notice it's common in your reviews just to describe it, when the reader really wants to know "Is this a must-eat?"
Was the vietnamese coffee good?
Huh. I love Ess-A-Bagel and have had a bunch of fresh bagels from a lot of other places - Murray's, Daniel's, David's, Absolute, Bagelsmith, H&H, and others... just had to put in a word for it.
Grom's is excellent and better than JT, Choc Bar, Vosges, Maison, City Bakery... Actually the Dessert Truck's was the best before their permit got revoked. Hopefully their new storefront on Clinton St. will open soon.
The choc chip cookies at Chocolate Bar and at Marlow & Sons
Petrossian, Taralluci e Vino, Almondine, Bouley
Oh and Chocolate Room was pretty damn good too if recollection serves me.
Baked, Petrossian's, Chocolate Bar, Jacques Torres
Kati Roll Company
Tina's List +
Gimme Coffee in Soho and Williamsburg
Second Stop in Williamsburg
Smooch in Ft. Greene
Everyman in the East Village
Cafe Grumpy in Chelsea
Zibetto in Midtown West
Via Quadronno on UES
Gorilla Coffee in Park Slope
Espresso 77 in Jackson Heights
El Beit in Williamsburg
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Dessert Truck is in my opinion best. Thick, rich, chocolatey, sweet, divine. Jacques Torres and City Bakery are also quite good. I like Chocolate Bar's liquid chocolate better cold than hot. La Maison's chocolate is more "civilized" -- delicous, but not super thick. Shake Shack's hot chocolate is also excellent.
"Sugar Rush" correspondent eh? Not a bad job... Seriously, though, this is a great piece!
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