Perhaps you live on the Upper West Side and awake one morning craving French baked goods. Perhaps a force beckons you to Amsterdam Avenue and 106th Street, and you see a little storefront with purple signage. You enter. You notice an unusually large number of people speaking French. You notice the baker is sufficiently moody and French. What you notice the most, though, is the intoxicating aroma of French pastries, all of which seem to have been loaded with enough butter to feed Napoleon's Grande Armee.
You have entered La Toulousaine Bakery, an absolute delight of a bakery. The beignets with cream are otherworldy. The croissants and almond croissants are above reproach. Viva, la France.
La Toulousaine Bakery
Upper West Side (Amsterdam and 106)