Far East Midtown is severely lacking delicious bakeries. Sure, we've got Buttercup, and there's a Crumbs AND a Magnolia coming, but really? They're mostly cupcakes. What if I want an eclair or some opera cake, my cravings for French pastries have had to wait until off hours. Not anymore.
While I was out gallivanting in Eastern Europe, Financier Patisserie, the downtown bakery, expanded into Midtown. Upon my return, I took the first free lunch hour I had, walked uptown, and stared at a big, shiny, beautiful case of affordable French pastries. It was marvelous.
I did need some sustenance, but having never eaten any of Financier's sandwiches, I was at a lost as to what to get. I decided upon their namesake sandwich, Le Financier-grilled chicken, marinated artichokes, roasted tomato, and goat cheese. It also comes with a few olives. The sandwich traveled back to the office well, and was very good if a little bland. If they were a little closer, I'd definitely get this $8 sandwich more often.
For my dessert, I could not make up my mind there. I even got the "hurry it up lady, we haven't got all day" look. I was going to say whatever came out of my mouth first, but a bowl of interesting little fried dough puffs caught my eye. "What are those?" "Chouquettes." "A who?" "Want to try one?" "Oh yes. I'll take 5."
I want to say five of them cost $2.50, but I can't really remember. Either way, they are delicious. Chouquettes are made with choux pastry-the same used in eclairs-and rolled in sugar. The inside is fluffy with big pockets of air. A few co-workers who really lucked out got to try them with me, and they were loved. I have a feeling Brownie and I will be frequenting the second Midtown location (6th Ave and 48th St) soon enough.