The other day, I walked to La Toulousaine for a croissant, on a recommendation from a friend who likes pants.
It's a bakery on the Upper West Side with a baker from Toulouse, if any of those details mean anything. At 9 a.m. in the morning, your options include freshly baked croissants, cold, prepared sandwiches (fig and cheese, duck rillettes, pate, etc.), pain aux raisins or chocolate, macarons and the breakfast menu below.
Loving a good fresh croissant, I opted for the 2 eggs any style which typically comes with a baguette but was easily replaced with a croissant, and I added some bacon because it was one of those Saturdays.
Not too shabby.
The eggs were cooked a little bit firm, but all in all, a fairly satisfying breakfast sandwich.
On a sidenote, the staffing situation at this bakery is a bit comical. The woman is a bit oblivious to anything customers tell her (I think she touched every box of tea possible except for the lime green box of green tea I repeatedly requested). Then you have the young gent who is trying so hard to be nice to everyone, but every minor flub is immediately criticized by the chef, who has serious micromanagement issues. Working at a bakery is not as sweet as one would think !
Anyway, La Toulousaine is an okay option on the UWS, but the hunt for croissant perfection still continues!
Han's Nonsensical Rating: S'ok. Maybe the pastries are delicious, but the croissants are merely fine.
946 Amsterdam Ave New York, NY 10025