At Panya in the East Village, there are croissants, chocolate croissants, and then a banana stuffed chocolate croissant. A banana is halved once crosswise, once lengthwise, and then tucked neatly between a sprinkle of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Rolled to visual perfection, as are all Japanese baked goods, baked and dusted in powdered sugar. The dough is too fluffy for a croissant, and the banana, baked soft and gooey, seems a bit out of place; pretty, rather than tasty, has been the unfortunate trend for the desserts at Panya.
10 Stuyvesant Street, New York NY 10003 map)