Next stop of my 12 Best Bakeries In NYC Challenge from Gothamist’s list is Pain d’Epices in the Upper West Side.
This quaint little bakery is cozy and welcoming with a variety of freshly made Viennoiseries and other French pastries, tarts, and breads.
I got something sweet and something savory. I first chose their Cheddar Scone. Aside from it being the size of my face, it just sounded great. And, it was. It was buttery, herby, and had a subtle cheddar flavor, not overpowering the whole scone and making it overwhelming. The outside was perfectly crisp just around the edges and the inside was soft and buttery.
Then, I went for their Moroccan Croissant, powdered sugar on the outside and a pastry cream with honey on the inside. The exterior was a bit crunchy, and then the inside is hollowed out from the pastry cream and honey inside after the baking, giving it a soft and light texture and sweet flavor on the inside.
Name: Pain d’Epices
Location: 104 West 70th Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, they’re so friendly there and the treats are so tasty.
Would I recommend it? Yes, and be sure to look out for it, its a bit easy to miss, so keep your eyes peeled for the tiny store front.