Having passed by this tiny patisserie many times and being discouraged by the outrageous queues I finally got an opportunity to try a couple of their pastries. Btw, I found parking luckily a long block away. And I visited about 11:15 am after doing some labs at a nearby hospital.
They do not offer too many selections and because it's a tiny storefront (though there is seating available in an alcove) you pop in and need to make your selection immediately. I decided to pass on the regular croissant although they looked really lovely. Instead I ordered three almond croissants and one kouign amann and a small coffee.
The almond croissants were more longish in shape than the plain croissants, and they were dusted in powdered sugar. I was really excited to try one and did that in the car after I returned. Well, I was disappointed. While the ends were definitely flaky as a croissant ought to be the rest of it was not only dense but extremely too sweet. I can't imagine what the chocolate almond croissant would taste like other than overpowering sweetness. The kouign amann I gave my son to taste, and he said it was fine.
All in all, I believe the queues are due to the Bon Appetit 'best bakery in the US' proclamation mostly. I'm sure the plain croissant would be more to the texture I like and expect croissants to be. But surely, for me at least, the almond croissant was not that good; I have tasted better and from nondescript bakeries too. Even in France the almond croissant is not dusted in powdered sugar, is a true crescent shape, and is not overdone in sweetness.
Service was a bit unfriendly by the middle aged woman taking orders. But the young man at the till was very welcoming.
As for value the croissants are $5.25 each. Not even in France did I ever pay anything close to this much!
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