I know it’s blasphemy to suggest that anyone could fill Francois Payard’s (I’d imagine) very large shoes but Financier Patisserie, despite having 5 locations as of this week, comes pretty damn close in many areas. In the fancy pants >$5 pastry department I don’t believe it has more than one or two peers in NYC.
One of the best things they offer is their chocolate mousse cake. This is a pastry that shows of the skills of its creator. It involves an almond macaroon base, a chocolate ganache vein, a chocolate biscuit and a dark chocolate glaze. I have purchased this at different times from at least 3 of their locations and each time it tasted like it was just made. Not overly sweet with great texture from all the different layers. If you want to see one whole, go here.
Their Sacher Torte at $3.75 is actually (I can’t believe I am writing this) a great value considering how involved it is.
I also highly recommend Financier’s version of the Opera (Coffee flavored buttercream, chocolate ganache and chocolate soaked cake with dark chocolate glaze).
Thanks to Midtown Lunch for tipping me off to their new Midtown West location (6th Ave between 47 and 48th).