Where to find the best french croissants in NYC

A french croissant is buttery, it is crusty on the outside, and fluffy inside. It should melt in your mouth. It should look the part too, with visible neatly layered dough. A french croissant with coffee is like peanut butter and jelly. Only better? For you to decide. After testing many croissants in NYC throughout the years, the best french croissants can be found in these bakeries across Manhattan and Brooklyn. Disclaimer, I have NOT tested every bakeries in the 5 boroughs of NYC yet! But if you have tips, I’d gladly try a new croissant.

And the winners are:

Patisserie des Ambassades (Harlem)

Classic, really good. Our hidden gem special mention!

Bakery (and restaurant) hours are Monday to Friday 7am to 12am, Weekends 8am to 12am.

Marvelous by Fred (Midtown and Greenwich Village).

Several batches throughout the day, so chances are you can score a warm one!

Bakery hours are Mondays to Fridays 8am to 7pm, Weekends 9am to 6pm.

Nick and Sons (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Beautiful croissants, they run out real early though.

Bakery hours are Thursday to Sunday from 8am to 1pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays…

Bicyclette (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Likewise, they run out of croissants (and bread!) really early. Special mention for the Pavé bread, which is the highlight of this bakery. Along with the Pain de Campagne, the baguette and yes, the croissants are good too.

Bakery hours are Tuesdays to Sundays 8am to 1pm. Closed on Mondays

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