The winter holidays have just barely wrapped up but if you’re already missing the merriment of gathering with friends and family to eat delicious food, here’s another excuse to do just that.
The Feast of the Epiphany is January 6th, and it’s a celebration that largely centers on sharing a galette des rois or “king cake” as it’s called in New Orleans. (Yes, a party all about cake.) A tiny figurine called la fève, which can be anything from a car to baby Jesus, is baked into the sweet, brioche-style cake. If you get la fève in your slice (which you only find out through eating the cake–careful not to choke!) you’re crowned the King. If you haven’t yet picked up your frangipane (a.k.a almond cream) treat it’s not too late. Here are some places to get your galette. Who among your friends will win the crown this year?
Financier has two types of galettes this year: almond, and pistachio-apricot. The almond is available in two sizes, 8″ and 10″ for $24.50 and $29.50, respectively. Frenchly recommends the intriguingly shaped, 8″ square pistachio-apricot galette for $28.50. Both galettes have tiny porcelain figurines so you can crown your king!
Mille-feuille has a galette des rois that really takes the cake. Made with traditional frangipane and almond cream, it is “the purest French tradition.” Each cake comes with a crown for the king and porcelain charm. Alternatively, if you feel like splurging, you can get the custom 100% silver mill charm, the logo of Mille-feuille, for an extra $10. A cake that serves six is $24.90, and a cake serving twelve is $39.90.
552 Laguardia Pl (Greenwich Village). 212-533-4698. And 2175 Broadway at W77th (Upper West Side). 212- 362-6261.
Payard makes sure your galette is super fresh be letting you pick the date you want your cake. And you definitely want that crisp, buttery, golden puff pastry to fresh (and warm, if you time the pick-up it right) when you bite into and taste the sweet almond cream inside. Available in three different sizes, cakes are $24 for 4 people, $36 for 6 people, and $48 for 8.
1293 3rd Ave (Upper East Side); FP Patisserie at The Plaza Hotel, 1 West 58th Street. (Midtown); 3 Columbus Circle, 58th and Broadway (Midtown), 116 West Houston Street between Thompson St. & Sullivan St. (Greenwich Village) or 210 Murray Street (Battery Park) or send them an email here.
Dominique Ansel, king of the Cronut, offers you a chance to also be king of baked goods! His galette is a classic (almonds and frangipane) and it’s so delicious it’s really all you need. Pick your date and 2-hour time slot for pickup and don’t be late, because they won’t keep your cake. At $38 for 6-8 people, this cake should hit the spot. Pre-ordering is highly recommended.
189 Spring St. 212-219-2773
Maison Kayser has two galette available this year. The bakery-pastry master offers a classic almond galette, and une brioche des rois (the traditional galette of southern France) made with fruit. Starting January 3rd, galettes are available in-store for purchase. An individual galette (some would call it fun-sized) costs $7.25, and a galette serving 30 costs $30. The traditional southern France brioche is $20.
Available at many of the 10 locations in Manhattan and 1 in Brooklyn.
Ladurée specializes in macarons, but they still make a mean galette. It’s $45 for a galette for four, which may seem a bit pricey, but it’s so worth it. Almond and hazelnut cream, flavored with scents like jasmine, rose, and vanilla, there’s nothing better. You’ll be so happy with a slice of Laudrée galette in your stomach, it won’t even matter if you find la fève or not.
864 Madison Ave. 646 558 3157 ; 398 W. Broadway. 646 392 7868
Pistache is all about choice: three sizes to choose from (serves 4, 6,or 8), and two flavors : classic almond frangipane, or–you guessed it–pistachio frangipane. Don’t worry if you’re having trouble deciding, they’re available all month long, so there’s plenty of time to try both! Don’t feel like going out? If you live in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens, they’ll deliver you galette to your door. For details and to order, contact them at [email protected] or call.
220 36th street, 646 207 9390
Provence en boîte saves you the trouble of fretting over which galette to choose by offering just one: a classic frangipane. Each one has a porcelain figure inside. To make things interesting, some cakes have blue ladybugs inside which–if found–should be returned to Provence en boite so you can claim your prize. What’s the prize? Another cake, of course!
263 Smith Street, (718)-797-0707
That’s right folks: galette des rois is stepping boldly into the future thanks to the NY Cuisin website. All month long you can order a frangipane galette with a porcelaine prize inside and a pretty paper crown, and have it delivered to your door, allowing 48 hours for delivery. What’s more progressive than online ordering? Gluten-free, of course! So get online and order, then get your phone and invite all your gluten-free friends over because NY Cuisin has a galette just for them. Call 646.468.6159 for more information.