I added this quote from a previous thread, which makes reference to Patisserie Claude in New York City.
while you're in the neighborhood go to patiserrie claude (mapquest it) and have the tarte tatain...or the napolian and grab some palmiers too...and whatever else you can fit into your bag/mouth etc. he's a crazy man, but it's well worth it. just dont talk on your cell, or too loudly, or in english, actually, just slide him the money and run with your score...
may god be with you
Not sure if this french pastry shop was ever discussed on this forum, but I think it would be of particular interest to some of you in the city who are craving for good and cheap french pastries.
Patisserie Claude is located in the West Village, and has been there as far as I can remember, Claude himself is (as Luckylies pointed out) one illustrious grumpy Frenchman who sells affordable pastries ($2.50 a piece!), croissants, quiches and all sorts of “petits biscuits”.
I personally think that finding good french pastries in New York City is quite a challenge. I have to say that despite the owner’s bad temperament, his grouchiness and his notorious fits of rage (I have witnessed one man run for his life after he confronted Claude about a cake he had previously purchased), I still go to Claude for his delicious eclairs, operas, pear mousses and praline cakes. Claude (who is a very nice man once you break his shell) has a sense of refinement for pastry that many “Patissiers” in New York do not have. In this list, I would include Ceci-Cela, La Bergamote, Petrossian or even Payard.
Anyone familiar with the place? Any opinions?