Very, very good croissants. Just a minute’s walk from Sister’s place in Manhattan. Nice. Kayser is an import from Paris, and they have managed to make a pretty darned good croissant in New York. Shatteringly flakey, yet chewy at the same time.
It was a huge pleasure to take a brisk walk in the brisk weather to pick up a few croissants, pain au chocolat or avec raisins secs every morning during our last trip to New York, just after Thanksgiving 2012. The Kayser shop and sit-down cafe is a huge hit, and it’s always packed with neighborhood folks and tourists alike. Breads and pastries seem to be very freshly baked and the counters are always struggling to seem like they have product to sell.
With good butter and Sister’s abundant selection of homemade marmalades, this was breakfast heaven indeed. I could eat 3 or 4 croissants if I let myself indulge.
The pain au chocolat was also quite good, but the pleasant surprise was this pastry with golden raisins. Really good. Would definitely go back for more of everything. If you happen to be on the upper east side and have a sugar low, or just want some affordable edible luxury, pop into Maison Kayser for a nibble or two.
74th Street and Third Avenue
New York, NY
A more comprehensive review of Maison Kayser’s goodies, here.