Macaroons at Madeleine- amazing!
The macaroons at Madeline (128 W. 23 b/w 6 and 7th) are unbelievable! They are the best macaroons I have had by far in the city. I have been thoroughly disappointed with Bouchon's macaroons-- which are stale and slightly soggy-- and also have run the the Fauchon's on the East Side (is it closed now?). Anyways, they are perfect! Just like Confiserie Sprüngli in Switzerland.
The best one that I had was vanilla. Pure and creamy, perfect texture. Macaroons are all about texture. I wish I could post a picture or something, but the edges are all crispy and the inside is slightly doughy. The buttercream or ganache was the perfect room temperature and instantly became liquid in my mouth.
I also had raspberry-blueberry, and the dark chocolate one had a much firmer cream inside (chocolate thickens up the filling, but good flavor!)
They have about fifteen flavors-- including, what I can think off the top of my head-- vanilla, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, raspberry, praline, nougat, raspberry-blueberry, lemon, pistachio, coconut-blood orange? They also have some interesting ones with apricot and bergamot, etc.
They are a little pricey at 2.50 a piece but completely worth it.
Wow from your description these sound exactly like the macaroons from Laduree in Paris (which I love and miss.) The macaroons in NY have been very disappointing but I'll stop by Madeleine after work today, with high expectations and higher hopes.
I just had the vanilla one too and it was very very good. I think it is the closest that I've had to Laduree's. Today, they had 25 flavors. The nice woman at the counter stopped telling me their names after the first 10. I also bought a chocolate and an almond one but haven't had them yet.
I went yesterday - very cute place, nice people. I tried the coconut-blood orange and the one called Verger (apricot, pear, etc). Both were very good - the Verger was my favorite of the two. NIce place to hang out!