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The Best Bakeries in New York: French-Style

Yesterday, we checked out our the best bakeries in New York City for cakes, cookies, and more; this morning, it's all about the pastries. While you'll find croissants in just about any bakery, good croissants, tender and flaky and buttery, are much harder to find, as are almond croissants and pain au chocolat. But you'll find some excellent ones in these New York bakeries, along with tarts and caneles and palmiers and much more. More

Sugar Rush: Ceci-Cela's Pear Tart

[Photo: Kathy Chan] One of the better pear tarts ($4.50) in Manhattan, with tender pear slices tucked in a dense frangipane filling. The crust is well-browned and consistently buttery; the filling, dense and tender, with coarsely ground almonds blended... More

Where To Find Mini Pastries in Manhattan

In the mornings, I often want just a little something tasty with my coffee, not a muffin the size of my head or a cinnamon roll that’ll leave me feeling weighed down all day. So I’ve always been a fan of the mini-pastry: ideally adding a bit of sweetness to my morning and less than a dollar to my bill. More

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