Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Parisian Style Bakery

Despite its crappy location inside the Time Warner Center (think mini mall for rich people), Bouchon Bakery has amazing pastries and sweets that cost less than you think it would considering the location and its owner Thomas Keller, who is better known for his restaurant Per Se located just one floor above Bouchon. Per Se has been described as one of the best restaurants and most expensive dining in New York City.

Bouchon's gigantic and creamy nutter butter (if you love peanut butter, this is one of the best peanut butter cookies you'll taste) and their chocolate croissants . . . are simply amazing.

But Bouchon's TKO is one of the bakery's standout items. It's an over sized oreo cookie for grown ups, with a white chocolate ganache filling and a chocolate sable dough that doesn't crumble like your childhood favorite oreo. This oreo you have with espresso, not milk.

Bouchon also has a lunch and early dinner menu. Most of their items are a bit overpriced for normal folks and probably considered cheap as dirt for Keller's Per Se customers. I did, however, try their foccacia bread with prosciutto and sweet onions and it was one of the best foccacia breads I've ever had.

They also offer the classic grilled cheese and tomato soup combo. The second best grilled cheese sandwich I've had in NYC (the first being Corner Bistro's grilled cheese).