Jean-Jacques

468 Bedford Rd. Pleasantville, NY 10570(914) 747-8191jean-jacques.com
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Once a year La Tulipe closes for a couple of weeks for their summer vacation, and when they do, it’s always a very dark time in the Ferocious Foodie household. But, rather than suffer the affliction of going croissant-less for two weeks (first-world problems are the worst), this year we decided to try a highly recommended alternative, Jean Jacques.Well, Fu Ku, I always appreciate the tips, but I’m afraid I can’t go there with you. Jacques is no La Tulipe. In fact, I think I’d rather eat a cold, La Tulipe croissant off of the floor than one of Jacques, fresh out of the oven. Sure it’s better than Susan Lawrence’s croissants, but that’s like bragging that you can outrun a two year old.

From the moment you enter the Jacques bakery you know you’re in trouble as nothing about the place gives you confidence in what you are about to put in your mouth. It feels like the cheap, typical bakery you go to for cookies when you’re the one who drew the short straw and has to bring dessert to a bris. All three croissants, the chocolate, almond and plain were nothing better than you’d find at an Au Bon Pain, which is actually pretty great for a chain, so in all fairness, if Jacques is farther from your house than La Tulipe or an Au Bon Pain, than I say don’t even bother.

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The Ultimate Croissant

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City Bakery – New York, NY – Pretzel

Way before the cronut ever stepped onto the scene, there was this baby (pictured). The original croissant hybrid. Only instead of going sweet, they went savory. And I have to say they “nailed it!” (Read with a high-pitched lilt). The saltiness interacts with the butteriness in a way not unlike sea salt does with chocolate or caramel- and in that alchemy of decadence, all ships rise.

La Tulipe – Mount Kisco, NY – Almond

While all of their croissants are excellent, the Almond reigns supreme. Get there right at 7:30am (Monday-Saturday) or 8:00am on Sundays just as they come out of the oven, and then race home to eat it while they’re still warm- the almond paste still liquefied. The dusted confectioners sugar still settling. It’s like eating a warm hug from a hundred puppies.

Petrossian New York, NY – Plain

The buttery/flakey quotient of this plain and simple croissant simply can’t be beat. Like an explosion of pop rocks in your mouth, the flakes will seek out your taste buds like guided missiles, swooning every last one of them. Also, one other thing that is truly impressive about these croissants versus the others is that they are the only ones that travel well. The others won’t last more than hour or two before their magnificence starts to wane. These are more like the Energizer Bunny.