François Payard is undoubtedly one of the world's top pastry chefs, with his François Payard Bakery and FP Pâtisserie offering something for everyone. The bakeries have a casual feel, serving freshly-baked breads, pastries, and viennoiserie. The pâtisserie, which just opened a new flagship location on NYC's Upper East Side, is a more refined affair, with a gorgeous display of delicate cakes and tarts.
With five stores in NYC, as well as outposts in Las Vegas, Japan, and Korea, there is plenty to choose from at any of the François Payard Bakery (FPB) or FP Pâtisserie locations. The abundance of delectable options can be overwhelming, so we asked Payard to give us a hand in recommending some of his favorite items.
Click through the slideshow for suggestions straight from François Payard himself.
FP Pâtisserie Flagship
1293 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10021 (map)
(212) 717-5252; fppatisserie.com
FP Pâtisserie at The Plaza Hotel1 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019
116 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10012 (map)
3 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023 (map)
210 Murray Street, New York, NY 10282 (map)
About the author: Stef Shapira is is a Texan living in Brooklyn. A food writer, researcher, and grad student in NYU's food studies program, some of Stef's favorite things include kolaches, root beer, and chips. Follow her on twitter @stefontoast