The Best Croissants in NYC
A good croissant ticks all our boxes: It’s buttery, it tastes great with coffee and it makes us feel 30 percent more French. And while this might not be Paris, New York bakeries are no slouch when it comes to the flaky, delicately layered pastry. Sweet or savory, traditional or madcap, here’s where to find the best croissants in NYC.
1. Supermoon Bakehouse
If you’ve been on Instagram in the past two years, you know this LES bakery is home to some of the most unique croissants in the city. But these whimsical creations aren’t just pretty—they’re made from locally sourced ingredients and take three days to make. We’re partial to the caffè latte croissant, which boasts a two-tone filling of dark chocolate–coffee ganache and white chocolate chantilly, and has a coffee-infused white chocolate shard topping.
120 Rivington St.; supermoonbakehouse.com
2. Épicerie Boulud
Shocking: A celebrated French chef knows his way around a croissant. Daniel Boulud’s casual café is a great place to grab a quick breakfast, which should always include one of the impossibly thinly layered croissants. Flavors vary by season, but we keep coming back for the plain, raspberry and Nutella.
Three locations (Midtown, Upper West Side and Financial District); epicerieboulud.com
3. Mille-Feuille Bakery Cafe
Mille-feuille’s French bakers spend at least 20 hours a day working their magic on their highly rated croissants. If you’re indulging a sweet tooth, we recommend an almond, chocolate or almond chocolate (seriously, how is this combo not more common?).
Two locations (Upper West Side and Greenwich Village); millefeuille-nyc.com
You can find Ceci-Cela’s pastries at cafés all over the city, but for the full patisserie/viennoiserieexperience, stop by the LES storefront. The ham and cheese croissant is hearty enough to fill you up for lunch, piled high with ham, Brie and even some greens.
14 Delancey St.; cecicelanyc.com
5. The French Workshop
This sleek bakery in Bayside, Queens, serves gorgeous cakes, macarons, baguette sandwiches and, of course, croissants. Displayed on top of the famed long marble counter, the freshly baked goods boast the ideal juxtaposition of crunchy outer layer and fluffy inside. Along with the usual suspects, you’ll find more surprising fillings like cream, sweet raisin or apple cinnamon.
3839 Bell Blvd., Queens; thefrenchworkshop.com
6. Bibble & Sip
Can’t decide between a bagel and a croissant? You don’t have to choose with Bibble & Sip’s everything croissant, adorned with the savory, goes-with-everything seed mix and filled with cream cheese, ricotta and chives.
Two locations (Midtown and Chinatown); bibbleandsip.com
7. Bien Cuit
An ideal morning in Cobble Hill wouldn’t be complete without the almond croissant from Bien Cuit. Chef Zachary Golper’s beloved neighborhood bakery boasts a wide selection of simple but unique pastries, all centered around expert technique. Case in point: The almond croissant gets its signature crunch by being dipped into brandy syrup and then topped with sliced almonds before getting baked a second time.
Two locations (Brooklyn and Grand Central Market); biencuit.com
8. Recolte Bakery
This Upper West Side bakery weaves together European and Asian influences, as evidenced by one of its most popular offerings, the Matcha Vibe croissant. These buttery arcs are half dipped in matcha white chocolate and topped with white and black sesame seeds. And then there’s the best part: a generous amount of creamy green-tea filling. (You can also find these downtown at Matcha N’ More, should you wish to make an entire meal out of matcha-flavored foods.)
300 Amsterdam Ave.; therecolte.com