Sweet Treats: The Best of NYC Bakeries
by Julie Besonen, 12/18/2013
Photo: Julienne Schaer
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85 Water St., 718-797-5026, DUMBO, Brooklyn
French baker Hervé Poussot is a master of macarons, the rainbow of colors sure to brighten any buffet table. And when is it ever wrong to pick up a baguette? At Almondine it's always the right thing to do. (Poussot's version tied for second best in all of New York City in a 2013 survey by Serious Eats.) Due to an extended fermentation process, the crunchy golden baton has a deeper, yeastier flavor, the stretchy interior almost dissolving on the tongue. Ripping off hunk after hunk is inevitable. Hurricane Sandy flooded the DUMBO bakery's premises, but steadfast customers and collegial restaurants (including Le Bernardin, where Poussot used to work) raised the funds to help it reopen earlier this year. The line hasn't let up since, though it moves quickly.