Claude retired years ago, but this small French patisserie is still going strong (the current owner was trained by Claude). You wouldn’t call Patisserie Claude pretty, but you don’t come here for the decor. The patisserie is noted for its outstanding croissants and pain au chocolat, but you can’t go wrong with anything here. The pastries, cookies, quiches, tarts, and cakes are all first-rate (the hazelnut buttercream cake is particularly fabulous). Coffee and tea are also available.
There are only a few tables available should you wish to eat your purchase in situ. But you may have no option other than taking your things to go. Fortunately, Sheridan Square is nearby, so, weather permitting, you can have your coffee and pain au chocolat al fresco. Because the space is small, it can occasionally get a bit busy and crowded, with customers waiting to purchase hovering over those enjoying their purchases in the shop. That said, except for the Spanish music playing softly in the background and the occasional burst of noise coming from the espresso machine, the place is generally peaceful.
If you love pain au chocolat, Patisserie Claude is not to be missed.
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day