Actually Dorie’s not alone. There are so many people obsessed with this croissant that the City Bakery has a dedicated website for it. (There’s also a rather bizarre black and white YouTube video of them making it – or maybe another croissant – inexplicably backed by the soundtrack from My Fair Lady. But persevere through ‘The Rain in Spain’. There’s a great sequence of them rolling them out.)
Anyway the croissant is just heavenly. Less fatty and flakier than a typical French croissant with salt and sesame seeds sprinkled over the top it has the sweet-salty-crunchy appeal of salted caramels. I also loved their apple sauce cakes with bourbon raisins (below). Dorie and I both felt though that their celebrated chocolate chip cookies were a touch too sweet, an almost heretical view in New York. But Dorie can get away with it because she is a Baking Goddess. You should check out her lovely blog.
City Bakery is at 3 West 18th Street, just off 5th Avenue. If you’re visiting New York you must go there for breakfast.