Where to Get the Best Canelé in NYC

Where to Get the Best Canelé in NYC

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Canelés only make regular appearances in about 16 bakeries around New York—and in many, only on the weekends. We've spent the past few months paying repeated visits to them all to find the very best.

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    If you're looking to go beyond the typical canelé flavor, go for the dark chocolate or lemon, which each compliment the pastry's rum and egg flavors. The savoy Parmesan version is also worth a try.
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    These are without a doubt the crunchies canelés on this list. The crust is very crispy and thick, which leaves room for only a small amount of custard inside. But these mini-canelés are expensive.
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    Their small, sweet canelés offer a compelling value in Manhattan at $2.25. Similar to Breads Bakery, this canelé has a dense, sweet, almost pudding-like custard. Real vanilla beans provide ample flavor.
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    Their canelé is sweeter than most & has a particularly dense custard interior. Vanilla beans are used liberally and their spots are visible to the naked eye, resulting in a highly aromatic and flavorful pastry.
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    Lafayette bakes their shiny mahogany-colored canelés multiple times throughout the day, so you know you're always going to get one that's fresh.
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    After 10 a.m. on weekends the bakery offers what is without a doubt the best deal on a first-rate canelé in the city; each is just $2. When fresh, these canelés offer a delicate but crunchy crust that satisfies.
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    When fresh, the canelés are every bit as good as the best in the city, boasting a distinct rum and vanilla bouquet and a perfectly baked interior. Boulud's canelés are the most uniform of this group; each one is identical day in and day out.
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    Runner and Stone in Gowanus has made a name for itself with its superb breads. But its canelés, only available on weekends, are just as worth a trip.
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    Ansel's canelés features a classic dark mahogany color and an extra-thick crust. They're also characterized by an extraordinary vanilla aroma from Tahitian vanilla beans. The very scent of these—even inside a paper bag—will make your mouth water.
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    Bosie's canelés have a crust that strikes the perfect balance between crunchy and delicate. They have a slightly blistered appearance that's lighter in color than most.
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