SINGLE GIRL DINNER

SINGLE GIRL DINNER has nothing to do with a relationship status and it's not exclusively about food. It's a manifesto for embracing every single moment. It began as the Twitter account @singlegirldin in September 2011.  

Pain au Chocolat

PATISSERIE CLAUDE

187 West 4th Street near Barrow Street
212.255.5911

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My boyfriend had been trying to convince me that Patisserie Claude's pain au chocolat was the best in New York while I, on the other hand, was hard-set on the one from Ceci-Cela. He insisted on a taste-off. "What's the point?" I said, "I already know which one I'll like." On my birthday, though, I somehow gave into the idea of taking a morning stroll to Patisserie Claude, having coffee and sharing a pain au chocolat. "It better have thousands of crisp, buttery layers that shatter when you bite into it," I demanded, as we walked over, "And it better have that 'pull' in the middle."  Within the first bite, I knew. And so did he. The layers were so delicate and airy that they floated around and landed on my scarf. I swooned over the generous chunks of chocolate. Perfection. "Okay," I conceded, with a grin, "You're right. It's really, really good."