Patisserie Claude

★★★★★
  • 187 West 4th Street

    New York, NY 10014

    Cross street: nr. Barrow St.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-255-5911

About Patisserie Claude

Hours
Daily, 8am-8pm

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I read many great reviews of the scrumptious croissants at Claude's. Finally had a chance to be at Washington Sq one early morning and bought a half dozen. Alas I did not taste one first! I bit into one and it was a little bready, not

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★★★★★

I read many great reviews of the scrumptious croissants at Claude's. Finally had a chance to be at Washington Sq one early morning and bought a half dozen. Alas I did not taste one first! I bit into one and it was a little bready, not

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Congratulations to Pablo who has taken over the best patisserie in manhattan from its former owner.
having apprenticed with claude for nearly 20 years... Pablo Valdez has mastered croissants, quiche, brioche and amazing pasteries... without absorbing his mentor's hostility and rudeness to customers ! ! !

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★★★★★

Congratulations to Pablo who has taken over the best patisserie in manhattan from its former owner.
having apprenticed with claude for nearly 20 years... Pablo Valdez has mastered croissants, quiche, brioche and amazing pasteries... without absorbing his mentor's hostility and rudeness to customers ! ! !

Pros: excellent baked goods

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My obsession with this bakery came to a screeching halt this morning. I've been a regular here for over a year. THEN ... Claude recently retired and evidently took with him everything that makes this place great. Went this morning and the croissants were hard and stale. I thought I had walked into the wrong place. AND, my girlfriend found a piece of hair inside one of the layers. When we tried showing it to the lady behind the counter (discreetly to save her the embarrassment), she quickly picked out the hair and raised her hands with the "what hair?" expression on her face. Did she actually think we didn't notice??? Just then another customer walked in and she apparantly didn't want to disclose we were discussing hair in the food so starts shouting, "there is no piece of paper in there." Unbelievable. I didn't want to deal with her so started to walk away but my gf said, "Look, there was a piece of HAIR in there, and now you're holding it in your right hand...see?" The lady couldn't play dumb anymore and just gave us a "Who cares? It's just hair" look. We walked out with more disappointment than anger as we have to find a new place for croissants.
Any suggestions?

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★☆☆☆☆

My obsession with this bakery came to a screeching halt this morning. I've been a regular here for over a year. THEN ... Claude recently retired and evidently took with him everything that makes this place great. Went this morning and the croissants were hard and stale. I thought I had walked into the wrong place. AND, my girlfriend found a piece of hair inside one of the layers. When we tried showing it to the lady behind the counter (discreetly to save her the embarrassment), she quickly picked out the hair and raised her hands with the "what hair?" expression on her face. Did she actually think we didn't notice??? Just then another customer walked in and she apparantly didn't want to disclose we were discussing hair in the food so starts shouting, "there is no piece of paper in there." Unbelievable. I didn't want to deal with her so started to walk away but my gf said, "Look, there was a piece of HAIR in there, and now you're holding it in your right hand...see?" The lady couldn't play dumb anymore and just gave us a "Who cares? It's just hair" look. We walked out with more disappointment than anger as we have to find a new place for croissants.
Any suggestions?

Pros: Used to be the best

Cons: Not so much anymore

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Yes, enjoy the chocolate croissants, not as sickingly sweet as the American imitations; savor the quiche, visually exciting as well as tasty (albeit not up to the onion tarte of Rue Mouffetard), but take everything to go to Washington Square Park or even Abingdon Square Park so you combine the sweet visage of a sunny day with the food. That way you can purchase your favorite java, as one reviewer mentioned, and even some juice at the nearby supermarket and have a sweet family breakfast. Combine these various elements, with Claude's items at the center, into an edible collage of your own creation sans le visage "grumpy."

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★★★★☆

Yes, enjoy the chocolate croissants, not as sickingly sweet as the American imitations; savor the quiche, visually exciting as well as tasty (albeit not up to the onion tarte of Rue Mouffetard), but take everything to go to Washington Square Park or even Abingdon Square Park so you combine the sweet visage of a sunny day with the food. That way you can purchase your favorite java, as one reviewer mentioned, and even some juice at the nearby supermarket and have a sweet family breakfast. Combine these various elements, with Claude's items at the center, into an edible collage of your own creation sans le visage "grumpy."

Pros: Alluring onion tartes

Cons: You need to concentrate on the food only.

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This is the most delicious food you will ever put in your mouth. Claude works so hard. I always seem him pulling fresh croissants, quiches, and cookies out of the oven. This is a VERY small place but serves the best food you will EVER eat. The croissants and quiche taste better than being in France and you are right in the West Village, NYC. This is an authentically French pattisserie with such a charm to it.

SO DELICIOUS. Worth trying or walking to on a weekend for a great goodies to take back home with you.

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★★★★★

This is the most delicious food you will ever put in your mouth. Claude works so hard. I always seem him pulling fresh croissants, quiches, and cookies out of the oven. This is a VERY small place but serves the best food you will EVER eat. The croissants and quiche taste better than being in France and you are right in the West Village, NYC. This is an authentically French pattisserie with such a charm to it.

SO DELICIOUS. Worth trying or walking to on a weekend for a great goodies to take back home with you.

Pros: Mini Spinach Quiche, Croissant au chocolat, Almond croissant, mini cookies

Cons: NOTHING

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All hail the mighty king is dead!!! Well....not really. He just retired to a sunny beach town in Columbia. Luckily for us his trusty apprentice Pablo will carry the torch for the congregation of the church of Claude. Hopefully with an extended lease we will be able to continue to indulge ourselves for years to come. A well deserved & happy retirement to you Claude!!!! I already miss that naughty little Frenchman..........

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★★★★★

All hail the mighty king is dead!!! Well....not really. He just retired to a sunny beach town in Columbia. Luckily for us his trusty apprentice Pablo will carry the torch for the congregation of the church of Claude. Hopefully with an extended lease we will be able to continue to indulge ourselves for years to come. A well deserved & happy retirement to you Claude!!!! I already miss that naughty little Frenchman..........

Pros: A new lease and continued indulgence!

Cons: Missing Claude insult the masses!!!!

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What can I say about Claude....The only thing I can say is that he is the Gordon Ramsay of Pastries and you would be a fool to miss eating them. Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse cake, his Hazelnut cakes , Chocolate crescents they all our tops.........Wait a minute everything is tops there...Bon Appetit...

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★★★★★

What can I say about Claude....The only thing I can say is that he is the Gordon Ramsay of Pastries and you would be a fool to miss eating them. Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse cake, his Hazelnut cakes , Chocolate crescents they all our tops.........Wait a minute everything is tops there...Bon Appetit...

Pros: Everything....

Cons: Your waistline....

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Claudes is the best bakery in the city, hands down. I have yet to find a better croisant outside of france. Yes Claude has a reputation of being grumpy but he makes a mean pastry...and if you are a nice young lady he will be much less grumpy towards you. The only thing I would say is that the croisants are best eaten fresh. They are often so fresh they are still warm from the oven. If you wait to long and travel with them they just do not hold up, so get them while they're hot!

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★★★★★

Claudes is the best bakery in the city, hands down. I have yet to find a better croisant outside of france. Yes Claude has a reputation of being grumpy but he makes a mean pastry...and if you are a nice young lady he will be much less grumpy towards you. The only thing I would say is that the croisants are best eaten fresh. They are often so fresh they are still warm from the oven. If you wait to long and travel with them they just do not hold up, so get them while they're hot!

Pros: best pastries, great quality and value

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I have been going to Claude's since he first opened up, his incredible chocolate cakes have been a part of every birthday and special occaision in my and my friends and families lives for the past 25 years

The best croissants, cookies, pain au chocolat and tarts you will find outside of Bretagne - Claude is one of the only original special places left on this stretch on W4TH st.

We love Claude

Virginia, Tom, and Tessa

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★★★★★

I have been going to Claude's since he first opened up, his incredible chocolate cakes have been a part of every birthday and special occaision in my and my friends and families lives for the past 25 years

The best croissants, cookies, pain au chocolat and tarts you will find outside of Bretagne - Claude is one of the only original special places left on this stretch on W4TH st.

We love Claude

Virginia, Tom, and Tessa

Pros: claude's grumpy but not without cause

Cons: the best croissants and pastries in NYC

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Monsieur Claude is grumpy looking on the outside, working too many years in NYC and catering to picky NYC clienteles....but he is a GREAT BAKER of the old French dessert cookery with a heart in pleasing the customer. His storefront is small with about four tables hogged by his regulars.

He uses butter, butter and more butter to give his tarts, croissants and cakes the creamy texture that melts in your mouth.

I am from the outer borough of Flushing, Queens but do periodic sojourns into the Village since my daughter, Cathy, introduced me to Monsieur Claude. I love his apricot and almond cake and those flaky plain croissants. Prices are reasonable. Try some of your high school French on him and he'll smile.

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★★★★★

Monsieur Claude is grumpy looking on the outside, working too many years in NYC and catering to picky NYC clienteles....but he is a GREAT BAKER of the old French dessert cookery with a heart in pleasing the customer. His storefront is small with about four tables hogged by his regulars.

He uses butter, butter and more butter to give his tarts, croissants and cakes the creamy texture that melts in your mouth.

I am from the outer borough of Flushing, Queens but do periodic sojourns into the Village since my daughter, Cathy, introduced me to Monsieur Claude. I love his apricot and almond cake and those flaky plain croissants. Prices are reasonable. Try some of your high school French on him and he'll smile.

Pros: Everything nice and flaky and buttery - try the apricot - almond cake

Cons: small, a few tables. This place is a bakery.

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I've been in NY over 15 yrs and haven't found any better place than this simple patisserie. Nothing really fancy or nouvelle like those at other pricy stores, but everything is true to the basic and genuinely good. Croissants, brioches, eclairs, apple pies, pear tarts, nut cookies.... everything I've tried is perfectly tasty.

To be honest, I'd rather like to keep this place secret. Many people might be feeling the same way, and that may be why this place has got only sereral reviews.

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★★★★★

I've been in NY over 15 yrs and haven't found any better place than this simple patisserie. Nothing really fancy or nouvelle like those at other pricy stores, but everything is true to the basic and genuinely good. Croissants, brioches, eclairs, apple pies, pear tarts, nut cookies.... everything I've tried is perfectly tasty.

To be honest, I'd rather like to keep this place secret. Many people might be feeling the same way, and that may be why this place has got only sereral reviews.

Pros: Everything is simply tasty!

Cons: The owner seems not so friendly at first, but he is actully nice.

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We live in Baltimore and travel to NYC frequently. After happening upon this small pastry shop several years ago, it has become a "not to miss" destination whenever we're in Manhattan. When you walk in and the aroma of butter hits your nostrils, you know you've found a gem. Their butter croissants are one of a kind, and better than any I had in Europe. They are flaky, crusty on the outside, and soft and buttery on the inside. The coffee is good, but if you want a remarkable cup of Joe.....walk around the corner to Waverly place and go to .......Joe, my favorite coffee shop in the city. I would recommend going early in the day and getting them when they're warm and freshest.

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★★★★★

We live in Baltimore and travel to NYC frequently. After happening upon this small pastry shop several years ago, it has become a "not to miss" destination whenever we're in Manhattan. When you walk in and the aroma of butter hits your nostrils, you know you've found a gem. Their butter croissants are one of a kind, and better than any I had in Europe. They are flaky, crusty on the outside, and soft and buttery on the inside. The coffee is good, but if you want a remarkable cup of Joe.....walk around the corner to Waverly place and go to .......Joe, my favorite coffee shop in the city. I would recommend going early in the day and getting them when they're warm and freshest.

Pros: One taste will tell it all.

Cons: Too easy to fatten up in there.

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Love Claude's pastries. Croissants, danishes, tarts... Everything is so tasty -- without being so sickeningly sweet as a lot of American desserts are.

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★★★★★

Love Claude's pastries. Croissants, danishes, tarts... Everything is so tasty -- without being so sickeningly sweet as a lot of American desserts are.

Pros: everything

Cons: We can't clone Claude!

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This is the best kept secret in the West Village - all the locals come by every morning to pick up their buttery, flaky, perfectly delicious croissants that are baked fresh every morning. If you have traveled abroad and know what real pastries taste like - not those sugary, syrupy things - then you'll love this place and never go anywhere else again. Try the pear tarts, brioche, quiches, and pain au chocolate - they are simply heavenly. This place is relatively inexpensive compared to other bakeries in the area. This is no starbucks type place or hyped up bakery - unpretentious, simple, and QUALITY...you won't be dissappointed!!

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★★★★★

This is the best kept secret in the West Village - all the locals come by every morning to pick up their buttery, flaky, perfectly delicious croissants that are baked fresh every morning. If you have traveled abroad and know what real pastries taste like - not those sugary, syrupy things - then you'll love this place and never go anywhere else again. Try the pear tarts, brioche, quiches, and pain au chocolate - they are simply heavenly. This place is relatively inexpensive compared to other bakeries in the area. This is no starbucks type place or hyped up bakery - unpretentious, simple, and QUALITY...you won't be dissappointed!!

Pros: Price, Freshness, Taste

Cons: None!

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A small, French patisserie that is easily overlooked due to the low key appearance. Claude is the main character of the place & patissier behind the counter. Croissants and cakes are carefully handmade with a quality that is rarely found and probably unmatched in NYC. Once hooked you won't be able to resist. Don't tell anyone.

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★★★★★

A small, French patisserie that is easily overlooked due to the low key appearance. Claude is the main character of the place & patissier behind the counter. Croissants and cakes are carefully handmade with a quality that is rarely found and probably unmatched in NYC. Once hooked you won't be able to resist. Don't tell anyone.

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I'm from Italy and this place reminds me of the patisseries back in Europe. I couldn't find anywhere else in the city croissants, brioches and napoleons this fresh and sublime. The apple tart is simply superior to anything I have ever tasted. This place smells always of freshly baked pastries. Claude might seem grumpy at first impression, but he is actually nice and hands you his croissant with a charming "voila and merci". A true neighborhood treasure.

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★★★★★

I'm from Italy and this place reminds me of the patisseries back in Europe. I couldn't find anywhere else in the city croissants, brioches and napoleons this fresh and sublime. The apple tart is simply superior to anything I have ever tasted. This place smells always of freshly baked pastries. Claude might seem grumpy at first impression, but he is actually nice and hands you his croissant with a charming "voila and merci". A true neighborhood treasure.

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Homemade every day by Claude and his small staff, every delicious thiing is made from the finest ingredients and family recipes passed down from his father! No kidding, folks.
What we like to call "Happiness Cake" is actually an espresso mousse that fills everyone with sublime joy; you have to try it to believe me. Grab the brioche while you can, it goes fast. The pear tart and apple tartin are simply Parisian and always excellent, as is everythiing I have ever had in the 13 years I have been going there.
He goes home for the month of August (true Frenchman) so worship his chubby little hands when you can. Take my word for it, you'll never go to the crummy places on Bleeker again. Few places compare.

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★★★★★

Homemade every day by Claude and his small staff, every delicious thiing is made from the finest ingredients and family recipes passed down from his father! No kidding, folks.
What we like to call "Happiness Cake" is actually an espresso mousse that fills everyone with sublime joy; you have to try it to believe me. Grab the brioche while you can, it goes fast. The pear tart and apple tartin are simply Parisian and always excellent, as is everythiing I have ever had in the 13 years I have been going there.
He goes home for the month of August (true Frenchman) so worship his chubby little hands when you can. Take my word for it, you'll never go to the crummy places on Bleeker again. Few places compare.

Pros: Everything Delicious, Inexpensive, Homemade by Frenchman

Cons: Too Tempting

 

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