While this city seemingly has everything to offer, a canelé worth revisiting is difficult to find. Bouley Bakery & Market once turned out fine canelés, but they discontinued them at their new location. The ones at Balthazar are a hit or miss depending on the day, and L.A. Burdick and Petrossian offers decent versions. But a truly great canelé isn't so easy to come across.
Until now. Meet Les Canelés de Céline where the menu is short and focused: canelés or financier? We'll focus on the former, mini-canelés to be exact. A single bite pop where you capture in whole, the deep browned, almost burnt, caramelized exterior, an intoxicatingly buttery crunch into the custard-esque creamy body. I prefer my canelés classic, in plain vanilla, but should you desire they're also offered in orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and rum.
There are plans for a storefront, but for now you'll have to order them online at lescanelesdeceline.com. The mini canelés are $12 for a dozen, breaking down to just a dollar a piece. $15 for delivery or pick them up yourself at Céline's Upper East Side office on 86th Street. As for the financiers? Stay tuned for a future Sugar Rush post!
Les Canelés de Céline
Order online at lescanelesdeceline.com