Ceci-Cela

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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jessie T.
    Jessie TettemerFebruary 28, 2010
    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.
  • 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.
  • Bollare
    BollareApril 25, 2011
    This French bakery boasts perfectly frothy cappuccinos and lattes, and the(freshly baked!) almond croissants are always a treat!
  • Cheryl Y.
    Cheryl YeohApril 14, 2012
    Love love love their pastries (choc almond croissant is phenomenal!) and cappuccino :) I'm pretty much a regular here.
  • naveen
    naveenAugust 23, 2010
    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
  • 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.
  • Kathryn P.
    Insanely cute pastry shop/cafe. Awesome coffee and great service
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Kosha S.
    Kosha ShahOctober 15, 2014
    Amazing croissants! Giant ones! They run out quickly so get em while they are available!
  • Erin P.
    Erin PettigrewMarch 17, 2010
    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.
  • Josh K.
    Josh KahnApril 21, 2010
    Magnifique! Definitely my top French bakery at the moment. The croissants are good but the apple and plum danishes are outrageous.
  • 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)
  • Stephen Y.
    Stephen YangJuly 19, 2012
    Cozy little French pastry shop hidden in soho. Bring a book and get comfortable in the back.
  • 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
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CoiaMarch 10, 2013
    Best chocolate croissant ever. Regular croissant also very good, but the chocolate was heavenly.
  • K@rTh!kk R.
    K@rTh!kk ReDd!June 28, 2012
    Try the Almond Chocolate Croissant with Cappuccino..... Delicious!!!
  • Genesis M.
    Genesis MOctober 5, 2013
    The best espresso and croissant I've had since Paris. There are a few tables in the back, too!
  • 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
    The Pear William cake is one of the more interesting and tasty cakes around.
  • Kirsten P.
    Kirsten PowerNovember 15, 2011
    Be sure to try the croissants ~ they're flakey and delicious and only $2 a pop!
  • Basak H.
    The back is very cute and perfect for a quick cappuccino and chat with a friend.
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaNovember 13, 2015
    Chocolate almond croissant is great - though more chocolate than almond
  • Wendy Q.
    Wendy QiuFebruary 25, 2015
    Hands down best chocolate chip cookie .. better than birdbath bakery down the street.
  • Russ K.
    Russ KFebruary 12, 2012
    Wonderful Americanos and excellent atmosphere. Take a trip to a french cafe in Ceci Cela!
  • YBY
    YBYDecember 24, 2012
    Good quality authentic French pastries but a bit overpriced! Try the Eclairs or Napoleons.
  • jake f.
    jake furstMay 12, 2014
    gem of a patisserie, with a hidden 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.
  • Anthony Z.
    Relatively good croissants. No baguette - more a pastry shop than a boulangerie.
  • Jamie J.
    Jamie JOctober 11, 2013
    Absolutely adore this patisserie. Die for the éclairs & kill for the napoleons.
  • Sahar S.
    Sahar SahariSeptember 1, 2014
    Awesome croissants, bagel sticks, tuna sandwich and hot / chocolate drink with soy.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BoardmanJuly 19, 2012
    Surprisingly cheap sandwiches. Seating in the back. Coffee and delicious things.
  • 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?
  • Miles G.
    Miles GrimshawNovember 18, 2011
    Get the chocolate almond croissant. Definitely one of best in city
  • Blair M.
    Blair MikelsFebruary 27, 2014
    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.
  • Jane L.
    Jane LeeSeptember 9, 2012
    White Peach Iced Tea. Don't think. Just do it.
  • Gauri M.
    Gauri ManglikMarch 30, 2012
    Love the coffee and croissants. Super cute inside too. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • 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.
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