As a little kid, I relished the big 12-pack Costco croissants my mom would bring home, ridiculously buttery, a bit soggy, and toasted for a few minutes until warm. I still remember eating them for breakfast at my third grade birthday sleepover – slathered with even more butter and jam.
Since then, I suppose I have realized there is a higher art to the croissant, though I’m sure those ridiculously buttery Costco confections could satisfy by fat-loving taste buds. I digress.
What I’m really here to tell you about are the croissants at Almondine, the wonderful Park Slope and DUMBO bakery.
These are croissants of the highest art form, buttery yet crisp on the outside and light with hundreds of layers of perfectly airy wonderfulness on the inside. The chocolate are excellent, and the almond are favorites of several friends, but for me, the plain croissant at Almondine is the pinnacle of everything a good croissant should be. It’s certainly the best in Brooklyn, and probably the best I’ve had stateside.
Just one perk of growing up.
Almondine [85 Water St. at Main Street in DUMBO, and 442 Ninth St. at Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, 718-797-5026]