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French Bakery. Oui.

As a California transplant, I can always appreciate a little bit of the Golden State in New York City, so when I heard that there was a NYC branch of Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery at the shops in Columbus Circle, I made it a point to make my way over. I’ve never had the opportunity to go to the original in the Napa Valley, but let me tell you – if it is anything like the one here I say GO with a capital G. Amongst their selection of the usual French boulangerie fare like croissants, macaroons, and tarts, you will also find a variety of cookies and interpretations of “junk food delights” like their own version of the nutter butter cookie. They also have some standout sandwiches (they make their own bread after all!), soups, and salads. However, as this is a bakery let’s talk their baked goods.


Chocolate Chip Cookie & Pain Au Tois Chocolat

Their individual macaroons error on the larger end, which is not a hinderance but it doesn’t make it outstanding either. The pistachio macaroon I had contained a nice subtle hint of flavor, but the center was too creamy and frosting like for my taste. All in all, its just as good as any but not anything to fawn over. The chocolate chip cookie here fares as a much better choice in my opinion. It had excellent texture, with just the right amount of crisp edge without compromising the soft and chewy center. Bonuses for not being overly sweet. If you plan on venturing to Midtown for this bakery though, my pick is the pain au tois chocolat. If you are a chocolate fan, this is for you! And if you are not, you will be. It’s a standout. It’s a flaky croissant that is chocolate, contains a bar of chocolate as a base (like the pain au chocolat), and has a chocolate filling (yes, filling!) that’s not quite cream and not quite frosting, but all the best of both. It’s like an eclair but a croissant. A definite must.


Bouchon Bakery – 8 out of 10 stars.
10 Columbus Circle
At 59th Street – Third Floor
New York, NY 10019

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