A staple of French pastries, the croissant is known around the world as a light, flaky, buttery breakfast treat, generally served alongside a cup of coffee. The origin of this pastry is a bit of a mystery, but when you bite into one of the fluffy croissants at Daisy’s Café on the Upper East Side you will forget everything but the delicious taste.
One of the earliest stories on the origin of the croissant dates back to 1686 when Austrian bakers working late heard the Ottomon Turks tunneling under their kitchen. They sounded an alarm that alerted the military, who saved Austria by collapsing the tunnel on the Turks. To symbolize the Austrians devouring the Turks, the bakers made a crescent shaped pastry in the shape of the crescent on the Turkish flag.
Another legend credits Marie Antoinette for bringing the croissant to fame in France, when she requested that her favorite Austrian treat be replicated by the royal bakers. A similar-looking Austrian pastry known as the “kipfel,” was the mold the bakers used for the croissant, which soon became a popular French culinary institution.
So while you sit back, relax and dive deep into a sweet history lesson, make sure your chosen location is the intimate setting at Daisy’s Café. This inviting little spot offers a fantastic selection of breakfast treats, including plain, chocolate, almond and ham and cheese croissants. Alone or paired with one of their other breakfast options, like a yogurt parfait or oatmeal, these beloved pastries are the best way to start off your morning. Savor the flavors of the freshly baked treats from breakfast pastries to lunch sandwiches, and sip on a warming espresso or freshly brewed coffee.
The story of the croissant isn’t set in stone, but when it comes to the selection at Daisy’s Café, all you need to know is what flavor you want!