I sometimes go to a place and wish they were in my neighborhood. This is what happened with Cannelle, a French bakery located in Long Island City, where we went for Jodi's Popup Show. We had to go early to setup her art at the Rockaway Brewery Co and and I proposed to go have breakfast at Cannelle.
We got a table, but, trust me, it was challenging as that place was quite busy in the morning. Of course, in that area, there are not that many options, but I also soon discovered that it was also probably because it was fantastic, very authentic.
Here is what we had:
Chocolate croissant (flakey and buttery):
Pain viennois (reminds me when I was a kid and ate that with...butter):
Kouign Aman (a specialty from Brittany, think about croissant with more butter and sugar on the outside, caramelized):
Lemon tart: alright, this was not for breakfast. We in fact went back in the afternoon, before the show, so I could get my coffee fix and I could not resist.
For beverages, Jodi got her tea, and I got a double espresso as well as a fresh squeezed orange juice.
Everything was very good and traditional. They have a nice selection of pastries (damn, I saw too late they have a Mille-feuille), and sandwiches, although some of them were less classic like the chicken and Roquefort sandwich. Price wise, it was quite cheap compared to most of the French bakeries you find in New York City, the rent probably playing a big part of it. Overall, it was great. Considering that it is not too far from Manhattan (short distance by train), and the beautiful river front that is few blocks away, I cannot wait to go back there!
Enjoy (I did)!
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Cannelle - 5-11 47th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101