Mille-feuille, also known as a Napoleon, is not so easy to find in New York City. I called about six bakeries and I was only able to find two places that had them. So, with that said, this one is a Best of 2, instead of the usual Best of 3.
#2: Mille-feuille from Mille-feuille ($4.75). This is the vanilla, but they also have a chestnut version now. I liked the vanilla better, even though I love chestnuts. The puff pastry is a dark brown and it tasted slightly burnt or maybe they were going for a caramelized take on it. Pastry cream was very good with a distinct vanilla taste.
LOCATION: Mille-feuille | 552 Laguardia Place btw 3rd St. & Bleecker St. | New York, NY 10012 | 212.533.4698
#1: Ok, so this mille-feuille is not a traditional mille-feuille, but oh boy, is it good! Lady M's Banana Mille-feuille ($8) is made up of chunks of ripe bananas and sponge cake which is surrounded by whipped cream and flaky puff pastry. The slices are huge, but it's so light that you won't be able to stop eating after the first bite. The banana flavor really comes through beautifully. If you're a fan of Magnolia Bakery's Banana Pudding, you're going to LOVE this. I would choose this over that any day.
LOCATION: Lady M Confections | The Plaza Food Hall | 1 West 59th Street | New York, NY 10019 | 646.755.3225