Have you gained a few pounds in the last few weeks? Well, it’s not over yet! Épiphanie arrives this Saturday, January 6. New York pastry chefs rolled up their sleeves to offer you classic and unusual galette des rois (king cake!) throughout the month of January. Here’s a non-exhaustive list that will be updated as necessary.
Le District (Lower Manhattan) – $24.50 – 32.50
The French market on the southern end of Manhattan offers two types of galette: the traditional galette, available for 4-6 people ($24.50) or 6-8 people ($29.50), and a chocolate-pear galette for $32.50. Individual units are also available for $5.00. Fèves and crowns accompany the galettes. 225 Liberty St. Website
Ladurée (SoHo) – $28 – 52
At Ladurée, galette comes in several sizes, for 4 ($28), 6 ($39), and 8 ($52). Individual units are for sale for $7 (because sometimes you just need one more slice). Ladurée also sells a box of macaron-shaped fèves. 398 W Broadway. 646 392 7868. Website
Dominique Ansel (Manhattan) – $40.00
Not only does he know how to make cronuts, but he also knows how to make galette des rois. Dominique Ansel proposes a galette for 6-8 people for $40. Each galette comes with a crown and fève to add. Available to buy online until January 21. Pre-order from Dominique Ansel Kitchen in West Village (137 7th Ave S) here, and from his SoHo location (189 Spring St) here.
Cannelle Pâtisserie (Queens) – $18-28
The French of Queens have an appointment with Jean-Claude Perennou to find their cake. At Jackson Heights (7559 31st Ave, 718-565-6200), Cinnamon offers a classic frangipane wafer for 8 people ($26). In Long Island City (5-11 47th Ave, 718-937-8500), it is also a frangipane cake that is sold, but for 4-5 people ($18) and 8 people ($28). Website
Pistache (Industry City) – $28 – 42
Pistache, the French pastry shop of Industry City in Brooklyn, offers two types of galettes: almond frangipane for 4 ($28), 6 ($34), and 8 ($40) people, and pistachio for $30, $36, and $42. 220 36th St, 646-207-9390. Website
Éclair Bakery (Midtown East) – $32
His specialty is éclairs, but as a good pastry chef, Stéphane Pourrez can whip together a good galette. It costs $32 and serves 6-8 people. Order online or in person at the bakery. 305 E 53rd St, 212-759-2253
Maison Kayser (Manhattan and Brooklyn) – $30
At Maison Kayser, the kings’ cake will be on sale until January 31st. The French brand, located all over Manhattan and in Downtown Brooklyn, offers a frangipane galette for 6-8 for a reasonable $30. The individual portions cost $7.25. Alternatively, if you prefer a crown of brioche garnished with candied fruits and pearls of sugar, Kayser offers one that will satisfy 6-8 people ($20). The galettes are sold with a crown and Clamecy earthenware fève in the form of stamps depicting the Eiffel Tower. Information and addresses here
Provence en boîte (Carroll Gardens) – $22 – 42
In the Carroll Gardens neighborhood, the galette is served in the café of pastry chef Jean-Jacques Bernat. He offers a classic frangipane galette at $22 for 5-6 people, and at $42 for 10-12, each with fèves and crowns. He also sells Provençal brioches topped with candied fruit for $23. 263 Smith St, Brooklyn. Website
French Tart (Park Slope) – $29.50
To mark the épiphanie, chef Laurent Chavenet imported fèves from France representing well-known paintings and statues. And since he doesn’t do anything halfway, two fèves come with each galette as well as two crowns (one each for the king and queen). The galette serves 6-8 people. 579 5th Ave, 929-276-3035.
Chocopain (New Jersey) – $30
This French bakery in New Jersey offers a $30 galette with crowns and fèves in three locations: Jersey City (530 Jersey Ave, 201-435-2462), Jersey City Heights (330-332 Palisade Avenue, 201-420-7111), and Hoboken (157 First Street, 201-710-5175). Website
Financier (Manhattan) – $29.50
At Manhattan’s Financier locations, things are done simply: a pistachio-pear galette with chocolate frangipane available in a single size (6-8 people). And here’s the miracle of miracles: the fève is sold inside the galettes. Forget about choking hazards, this is tradition! Order online here.
Several associations and organizations have opportunities to come and taste galette in a friendly and festive atmosphere:
French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF): Wednesday, January 17, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Skyroom (22 East 60th St.). $30 for members, and $35 for non-members. A glass of wine and some savory snacks are included. Must be 21+ to attend. Tickets available here.
The New York chapter of Français du Monde-ADFE: Sunday, January 14, at 4pm, in the Flatiron district. The exact location will be communicated to the participants. Register by e-mail: [email protected]. If you want to make a galette, brioche, or wreath, please indicate this by e-mail. $10 for members, $15 for non-member adults, $20 for non-member couples. Free for children.
The Caravane FrancoFun immersion program in Queens: Sunday, January 14, at 3:30pm at LinguaLab (11-11 44th Road, Studio 204). Activities for children are planned. $15 per child ($10 for children under 2 years old). Information and tickets here.