Only a few years ago it was nearly impossible to find a real galette des rois in the US, even in New York. The best you could hope for was its New Orleans cousin the King Cake, a kind of sugared brioche with fruit.
Fortunately, times have changed and French bakeries abound in the Big Apple where you can get a frangipane treat that is truly authentic — or almost. The fève, or hidden favor that is always baked into the French version is usually included outside the cake, US bakers unwilling to take responsibility for a possible choking incident. In any case, here is French Morning’s list of great places to get your Epiphany galette. If you have a place to recommend, please don’t hesitate to list it in the comments section.
Mille Feuille is offering a gallette des rois for 6-8 people that comes with either a porcelain favor ($35) or a silver one ($45). 552 Laguardia Pl, NY, NY 10012. Tel : 212-533-4698.
Dominique Ansel (of cronut fame) is also offering a galette that feeds 6-8 people ($36). It wil be available from January 3rd until the 12th, and you can order yoursonline. Adresse : 189 Spring St, NY, NY 10012. Tel : 212-219-2773.
La Maison du Macaron, which is of course famous for its namesake as well as the breton Kouign Aman, has 10-inch galettes for 8 people ($42). A Chelsea, 132 West 23rd st. Tel: 212 243 2757.
Financier is also offering galettes. With a 20 cm offering at $22 and a 25 cm at $27.50, these are some of the more affordable cakes out there. They’ll be available in stores at more than 10 addresses from January 3rd until the 25th. 245 Park Ave (47th street) and on the web.
Upper East Side:
La Maison Kayser has galettes available in traditional frangipane or apple. You can get an individual slice or a whole pie for 6-8 people for $28. Upper East Side: 1294 3rd Avenue, and 3 other New York locations: 1800 Broadway, 8 West 40th Street and 921 Broadway.
Ultra famous French pastry chef Payard has teamed up with Valrhona this year to offer a chocolate galette for 6-8 people ($55). You can also get the classic frangipane for 4 ($24), 6 ($38) or 10 people ($52). 1293 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10021 and 4 more New York locations.
Upper West Side:
At Silvermoon Bakery, galettes are available in 20 cm ($29), 25cm ($35), and 30cm ($40). 2740 Broadway. Tel : 212-866-4717.
It was the Epicerie Boulud (just steps from Lincoln Center) that won the 2012 tasting organized by New York Magazine. Established by famous French chef Daniel Boulud the Epicerie is offering a traditional galette for 6-8 people ($39), or individual slices for $6. The are only available in store.
Noémie and Christine, the two young owners of Pistache NYC will have galettes available from January 5th until the 31st. They come in 4 pieces ($26), 6 pieces ($32), or 8 pieces ($38). Add $2 to any galette to get it with pistachios. Delivery is available. Contact : email@example.com.
Bacchus has frangipane and apple galettes to offer for 4 people ($22) and 6 people ($32). Adresse : 409 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217. Tel : 718-852-1572.
At Provence en Boite, a large galette is $33, a small can be had for $25. 263 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (718) 797-0707.
Jean Claude Perennou, the pastry chef behind Cannelle, has a reputation that goes way beyond his Jackson Heights. He offers a classic galette ($22 for 6-8 people) and a chocolate one. 75-59 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11370. Te: 718 565-6200
Choc O pain is a beautiful bakery in Hoboken achat offers slices of galette for $5.45 or an entire one for 6-8 people ($27.95).
For home delivery, Cuis’in not only serves Manhattan but also everywhere else in the US. Their traditional galette comes with a favor that’s made in Provence, and a crown (of course!). It’s available for the entire month of January beginning on the 5th. They offer one size 6-8 people (32$). You can order here.
The FIAF (French Institute Alliance Française) is inviting chef Eric Bedoucha, the founder of Financier, to this glamorous shindig that includes galette and wine, all on the covered rooftop of the FIAF. Soirée begins at 6:30pm and is open to members ($25) and non-members ($30). Tickets are available online. Address : FIAF, Le Skyroom22 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022.