Finally! Choc-O-Pain, the French bakery located Downtown Hoboken just opened an Uptown location, replacing Ganache in the Hudson Tea Building. It is a good move as the north part of the city is missing some places like this, Brod finally withdrawing their project to open in the Maxwell Place building, close to La Isla.
Choc-O-Pain Uptown is quite big, with a lot of light thanks to the large windows, with even a small room where people with kids can enjoy some time there. The main dining room is quite large, with individual tables, as well as two large communal tables, and, for people who want to spend time working there, power outlets as well as free wifi: all elements to get you stay there and indulge with delicious bread and viennoiseries. We went three times and got to try few things:
First, I should mention the espresso that is quite good, not bitter, and with a single shot equivalent to a double or even triple shot at Starbucks, similar to the quantity you would get in France.
For breakfast, we tried their chocopain or chocolate croissant that was buttery and flakey.
Their almond croissant is a must have, with lots of almond filling in it.
The chocolate babka is ok, a bit hard and with not enough chocolate.
They also propose kouign aman that is a croissant dough on steroids, meaning with much more butter, that they propose with chocolate or fruit. We tried the former that was good, flakey and buttery. I hope they will propose bigger ones and just plain ones.
Another great item is their palmier that is basically puff pastry and sugar. A must have for sure!
The last breakfast item we tried was their boule au chocolat, a small bread with chocolate chips: know that only the chocolate will be sweet as this is bread, so if you are looking for something buttery or sweeter, go for the chocolate croissant.
For lunch, they also have sandwiches, quiches, croque monsieur, etc. We tried one of their sandwiches that was with saucisson sec (dry cured sausage) and cornichons (little pickles). It was very good, even if I wish they put a bit more saucisson in it. The bread was delicious, fresh and crispy. In fact we also tried their baguette that is superb and perfect with a bit of butter.
Their mushroom quiche is also delicious, not dry, with a flakey crust.
Last, we tried a bite of their chocolate tart that is very good, very chocolatey. I did not see that many pastries there, but I am sure that after few weeks, we will start seeing more...And I will be there to try them!
Enjoy (I did)!
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Choc-O-Pain - 1500 Hudson street, 07030 Hoboken, NJ