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Bakery and Dessert Shop$$$$
NoLita, New York
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  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJanuary 15, 2014
    This patisserie does a great croissant, but also try their gorgeous plum tart, frangipane-filled pear tart, or seasonal treats like a tiny, charming Bûche de Noël.
  • Kayla G.
    Kayla GibsonMarch 3, 2014
    Small quaint little bakery. Highly recommend stopping in on a break from shopping in SoHo for some pastries. Paris Brest and Napoleon are both worth it.
  • Jason C.
    Jason CullerJanuary 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Croissants are the big draw... the pain au chocolat, ham & cheese and flat almond are my faves. Love the palmier when fresh—a perfect combination of butter and sugar that shatters with each bite.
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJuly 11, 2013
    Known as the best croissants in NYC – you cannot forego the Pain au Chocolat croissant with its flaky, buttery outer layer and gooey chocolate immersed throughout the entire pastry.
  • LocalBonus
    LocalBonusDecember 7, 2011
    Pastries and wonderful French atmosphere. Make sure to try the different types of croissants. They go great with coffee. Sign up for LocalBonus and earn points towards free pastries, cakes, and tarts. Read more
  • Jon S.
    Jon SteinbackJuly 8, 2015
    it's a hidden, super charming French bakery in the heart of soho. great for a coffee (and delicious croissant) meeting, with very reasonable prices.
  • Victoria D.
    Victoria DimJanuary 26, 2015
    This is definitely the most cozy cafe in NYC, so tiny and French! Croissants are good, but they don't taste like real fresh French ones.
  • Allie M.
    Allie MahlerAugust 31, 2014
    One of the best chocolate croissants in the city. Sit in the back area (good for meetings) and they will bring everything to your table.
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedMay 5, 2012
    The croissants and pain au chocolat are both good, but the real gem are the little baguette slim sandwiches. Totally hit the spot and great on the go.
  • Nina N.
    Nina NiremaSeptember 28, 2012
    By far the best croissant I've had in the states. The loveliest French bakery - essentially a little transplant of Paris in Manhattan :)
  • Linda C.
    Linda ChowNovember 25, 2015
    Cute and cozy bakery. Love their wide assortment of desserts but the croissant and pear tart are my favorites.
  • Cheryl Y.
    Cheryl YeohApril 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Love love love their pastries (choc almond croissant is phenomenal!) and cappuccino :) I'm pretty much a regular here.
  • Jeremy
    JeremyOctober 5, 2013
    Make sure to get a seat in the back. The food sells out fast but it is really good and really cheap.
  • ММ
    ММJune 3, 2012
    Still the best in the city. You can buy the pastry frozen to be baked at home. AMAZING pain au chocolat!
  • Kosha S.
    Kosha ShahOctober 15, 2014
    Amazing croissants! Giant ones! They run out quickly so get em while they are available!
  • Kathryn P.
    Kathryn PhillipsMay 27, 2016
    Insanely cute pastry shop/cafe. Awesome coffee and great service
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamirezDecember 22, 2015
    I use to work close by this place I use to go in all the time and buy a croissant and a opera cake mmmm I need to go back
  • Bollare
    BollareApril 25, 2011
    This French bakery boasts perfectly frothy cappuccinos and lattes, and the(freshly baked!) almond croissants are always a treat!
  • Stephen Y.
    Stephen YangJuly 19, 2012
    Cozy little French pastry shop hidden in soho. Bring a book and get comfortable in the back.
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CoiaMarch 10, 2013
    Best chocolate croissant ever. Regular croissant also very good, but the chocolate was heavenly.
  • Cliktrips (Jen Amadio)
    Great little cafe in Soho serving all sorts of coffee, teas, sweets and small plates w a quiet seating area in the back.
  • Genesis M.
    Genesis MOctober 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The best espresso and croissant I've had since Paris. There are a few tables in the back, too!
  • K@rTh!kk R.
    K@rTh!kk ReDd!June 28, 2012
    Try the Almond Chocolate Croissant with Cappuccino..... Delicious!!!
  • I A.
    I AmosFebruary 10, 2010
    It's hard to go wrong here, but the Financiers, Linzer Cookies, and Paris-Brest are especially excellent. For a quick lunch, don't overlook the smoked fish sandwiches, usually in the fridge.
  • Emanuel H.
    Emanuel HahnMarch 18, 2014
    Best croissants in the city. They also have a real cool seating space in the back.
  • Yoni Z.
    Yoni ZloczewskiFebruary 29, 2016
    The Pear William cake is one of the more interesting and tasty cakes around.
  • YBY
    YBYDecember 24, 2012
    Good quality authentic French pastries but a bit overpriced! Try the Eclairs or Napoleons.
  • Wendy Q.
    Wendy QiuFebruary 25, 2015
    Hands down best chocolate chip cookie .. better than birdbath bakery down the street.
  • naveen
    naveenAugust 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    the hidden back room (it took me three years to realize it was there!) is great for quick lunches or mid-day meetings over tea
  • Russ K.
    Russ KFebruary 12, 2012
    Wonderful Americanos and excellent atmosphere. Take a trip to a french cafe in Ceci Cela!
  • jake f.
    jake furstMay 12, 2014
    gem of a patisserie, with a hidden seating area in the back.
  • Basak H.
    Basak HaznedarogluFebruary 3, 2016
    The back is very cute and perfect for a quick cappuccino and chat with a friend.
  • Kirsten P.
    Kirsten PowerNovember 15, 2011
    Be sure to try the croissants ~ they're flakey and delicious and only $2 a pop!
  • Jamie J.
    Jamie JOctober 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Absolutely adore this patisserie. Die for the éclairs & kill for the napoleons.
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaNovember 13, 2015
    Chocolate almond croissant is great - though more chocolate than almond
  • Jessie T.
    Jessie TettemerFebruary 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Apricot Danish and large cafe au lait from Ceci is the perfect way to start the day. I wish they hadn't switched coffee brands from la colombe.
  • George C.
    George CostaMay 9, 2013
    Okay, the Orange Brioche is kick ass good! Why do the high fat and high carb items always taste so good?
  • Chris B.
    Chris BoardmanJuly 19, 2012
    Surprisingly cheap sandwiches. Seating in the back. Coffee and delicious things.
  • Blair M.
    Blair MikelsFebruary 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pre-made sandwiches are a crazy good value for the neighborhood.
  • Thomas M.
    Thomas MoAugust 13, 2014
    Voted best croissant in NYC. Tarts are also good.
  • Anthony Z.
    Anthony ZacharzewskiApril 12, 2016
    Relatively good croissants. No baguette - more a pastry shop than a boulangerie.
  • Miles G.
    Miles GrimshawNovember 18, 2011
    Get the chocolate almond croissant. Definitely one of best in city
  • Jane L.
    Jane LeeSeptember 9, 2012
    White Peach Iced Tea. Don't think. Just do it.
  • Mihai P.
    Mihai ParparitaSeptember 21, 2012
    The palmiers (elephant ears) and custard eclairs are great.
  • Gauri M.
    Gauri ManglikMarch 30, 2012
    Love the coffee and croissants. Super cute inside too. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • alana marie e.
    When its hot outside, drop in for an iced latte or chai. Seriously amazing, and the staff is really nice (they smile)
  • Josh K.
    Josh KahnApril 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Magnifique! Definitely my top French bakery at the moment. The croissants are good but the apple and plum danishes are outrageous.
  • Lauren
    LaurenMarch 26, 2013
    Best pain au chocolat I've had outside of France!
  • Claire S.
    Claire S.June 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best croissants in NYC. Good coffee too.
  • Yige S.
    Yige SunJuly 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing chocolate croissant. Best one I've ever had.
  • Daniella S.
    Daniella SforzaMay 20, 2014
    Indulge in so many rich yummy delights.
  • Sophie L.
    Sophie LMay 3, 2011
    I lived in Paris for half a year and Ceci-Cela's pain au chocolat is some SERIOUS competition.
  • Erin P.
    Erin PettigrewMarch 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The ham 'n cheese croissant is a delightfully savory way to start your day. Get one by 10 or 10:30am, after which, they're often sold out.
  • Shai C.
    Shai ChenAugust 16, 2011
    Great eclairs, try the chocolate banana cake.
  • Alexandrina S.
    Alexandrina SMay 19, 2013
    Quiche is very nice but Napoleon... oh my god like frozen grocery store. Not nice.
  • Zack S.
    Zack SheppardJuly 22, 2014
    The sandwiches are cheap and pretty tasty, but they're small!
  • Hyunjin J.
    Hyunjin JeonSeptember 8, 2013
    Chocolate croissant is the best.
  • Tiago C.
    Tiago CondutaSeptember 16, 2011
    My fav croissant in NYC! Great coffee, friendly staff..
  • Christine A.
    Christine ArboledaFebruary 8, 2015
    Cute cozy seating area in the back
  • Jen L.
    Jen LeeApril 27, 2010
    Best chocolate croissants in the city. Flakey, buttery, chocolatey. Their madeleines are delicious too.
  • Oskar v.
    Oskar von HauskeDecember 31, 2015
    The best croissants in NY. period.
  • Nathan H.
    Nathan HicksNovember 10, 2014
    Collection of unique, delicious teas.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SkobacJanuary 16, 2016
    Make some of the best croissants in the city
  • Kirill K.
    Kirill KukuruzaSeptember 19, 2015
    Pretty nice place to treat yourself
  • Seredov
    SeredovFebruary 23, 2013
    Tried paradise cake and something dark chocolate like vernon. Nothing special(
  • Grace R.
    Grace RobertsonFebruary 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The plum fruit Danish is amazing!
  • Syndicate Media Group
    Syndicate Media GroupSeptember 13, 2011
    NYC [Eat] Fresh, delicious and crispy - the perfect croissant.
  • Julian M.
    Julian ModestoMarch 24, 2015
  • Lila
    LilaApril 2, 2012
    Get the croissant. Trust me on this one.
  • Marianne B.
    Marianne BauerMarch 27, 2014
    The answer to the question where to find the best baguette in NYC.
  • Ruoyi J.
    Ruoyi JiangMarch 1, 2014
    Definitely not the best croissant in NYC. Payard makes much better croissants.
  • Tameka G.
    Tameka GOctober 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I used to go to City Bakery for my hot chocolate and croissant. Not anymore!
  • Ivo B.
    Ivo Bottcher-YuJanuary 19, 2013
    Salmon Sandwich for only $5.25 -> great deal
  • Sandra D.
    Sandra DupalNovember 28, 2016
    Ceci-Cela moved to 14 Delancey- still as yummy as ever
  • Steven C.
    Steven CobbSeptember 15, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    prosciutto bagel sticks and great lattes
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GlueckSeptember 8, 2014
    Only decent pain chocolat in nyc. Yum
  • Stacy K.
    Stacy KimOctober 11, 2013
    Mini Chocolate Croissant and Mini Orange Brioche!
  • Kat S.
    Kat S.September 9, 2012
    White peach iced tea is AMAZING!
  • Bruce S.
    Bruce SchachneAugust 14, 2011
    Best almond chocolate croissants in NYC.
  • Peggy C.
    Peggy ChanMarch 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best croissant in the city.
  • Gilda B.
    Gilda BuenoApril 15, 2010
    Everything here is delish! Their croissants are the best in NYC!
  • Maxim
    MaximAugust 15, 2014
    Best French bakery in NY
  • Idem Y.
    Idem YalinJanuary 6, 2015
    Good french style bakery
  • Erin M.
    Erin MurphyOctober 10, 2014
    Best croissant in NYC.
  • Prateek Yanati R.
    Prateek Yanati ReddyMarch 14, 2013
    plum tart pear tart
  • jeannie
    jeannieApril 17, 2012
    Best chocolate almond croissants!!
  • Irwin R.
    Irwin RommelJune 1, 2011
    Plain croissant is amazing!
  • Bollare
    BollareMarch 23, 2011
    do yourself a favor, try the macarons!
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhNovember 1, 2014
    Their croissants!!!
  • nantini r.
    nantini rauchAugust 16, 2011
    Pan chocolat, almond croissant
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeMarch 27, 2011
    They make their own chocolate truffles - perfect gift!
  • Martha
    MarthaMarch 2, 2015
    one word - croissants.
  • Kaitlin .
    Kaitlin November 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best croissants in the city!
  • s a b a
    s a b aJuly 12, 2011
    best quiches, OM NOM NOM
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew ShumDecember 15, 2013
    Get the creme brûlée
  • Samantha 💃 L.
    Samantha 💃 LopezJuly 16, 2016
    Macaroon Cake 😍
  • Adelyn Yeoh J.
    Tarts are pretty good
  • Approach Guides
    Approach GuidesOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Gets our vote for the best croissants in the city!
  • Love and Hate N.
    Amazing croissants
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ChuSeptember 21, 2016
    Almond croissants!
  • Jo C.
    Jo ChowDecember 21, 2011
    Croissants here are to die for
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauOctober 13, 2012
    Try the Croissant
  • Alexander W.
    Alexander WestermanOctober 8, 2011
    Don't go here. Ever! And don't get the chocolate almond croissant. More for me!!!!
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SinclairSeptember 20, 2011
    Omg yum. Yum yum yum. Yum!
  • Josh C.
    Josh CarrJune 10, 2012
    Best Croissant in NYC?
  • sarah v.
    sarah vergaraAugust 22, 2011
    croissants all the way! Read more
  • Robert H.
    Robert HabibOctober 14, 2013
    Chocolate croissant
  • Lena M.
    Lena MarosOctober 31, 2010
    one of the best bakeries around
  • fitz m.
    fitz mangubatFebruary 10, 2010
    chocolate almond croissant - crunchy not flaky but quite delicious.
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerFebruary 26, 2015
    desserts $3-6
  • Scott S.
    Scott SmithOctober 14, 2010
    Best almond croissants
  • skyle
    skyleJanuary 16, 2011
    Mini chocolate croissants. Delish.
  • Kay T.
    Kay TeoMarch 19, 2015
    Lemon tart is mediocre.
  • CM S.
    CM SSeptember 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
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    SSeptember 14, 2011
  • Austin B.
    Austin BryanAugust 14, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    get the pain au chocolat. Best in the city.
  • Serena T.
    Serena TSeptember 12, 2012
    The lattes taste like water ;(
  • Mochi C.
    Mochi CamayaOctober 13, 2010
    Best croissants !
  • Christine K.
    Christine KimSeptember 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Latte, and cream cheese danish
  • naveen
    naveenJanuary 5, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Remember to go check out Ceci-Cela at 55 Spring St (btw Lafayette and Mulberry) in New York. (ps: added from my iPhone!)
  • PeterE
    PeterEFebruary 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite coffee
  • Gaelle A.
    Gaelle A.August 29, 2012
    Vraie pâtisserie française tenue par un français. Desserts excellents. Très bonne adresse, à découvrir lors d'un passage dans NoLiTa.
  • Anahi L.
    Anahi LuceroJuly 9, 2016
    Es la segunda vez que vengo. El lugar es muy acogedor y todo rico
  • Víctor @.
    Víctor @pinedaunoJanuary 13, 2015
    La calificación es alta, los panes pueden ser mejores.
  • Francesco P.
    Francesco PonticelliMarch 30, 2012
    Uno dei piu buoni croissant mangiati!
  • Samantha H.
    Samantha HendersonSeptember 13, 2014
    Pain au chocolat.
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