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alyssabrooke Nov 10, 2009 05:44 AM

Hello all-
just returned from an insanely amazing trip to paris and cannot get macaroons out of my head. unfortunately neither pierre herme nor laduree will ship here. So i am looking for the best nyc macaroons- light, airy, with sumptuous fillings.

all help is appreciated!!

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    pbjluver Nov 10, 2009 06:21 AM

    I went thru macaron withdrawal when I returned from Paris last January.
    Then I discovered
    Madeleine Patisserie
    128 W 23rd St.
    (Btwn 6th & 7th Ave)

    www.madeleinepatisserie.com

    OMG!!!!!!!
    ENJOY!!!!!!!

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    La Maison du Macaron
    132 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

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      kathryn Nov 10, 2009 10:51 AM

      Madeleine is not light and airy, and they keep theirs a bit too cold and moist to be enjoyed right out of the case.

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        Lucia Nov 10, 2009 01:17 PM

        Another vote for Madeleine.

      2. ncsuemme Nov 10, 2009 06:54 AM

        I know this is an obvious choice, but Bouchon Bakery's macaroons are so delicious. I don't know how they compare to France, but wow are they good.

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        Bouchon Bakery
        10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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          kathryn Nov 10, 2009 10:52 AM

          Bouchon's are hit or miss. Sometimes they're too moist or too sweet. And the way they coat the top and bottom with chocolate for some of them is really odd. Plus, the size is way bigger than French ones.

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            kelea Nov 10, 2009 10:56 AM

            Kathryn, in france you can actually find both sizes. The mini ones are more prominent with places like Laduree, but the larger (almost whoopie) size ones can we found in some french patisseries.

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              kathryn Nov 10, 2009 11:15 AM

              Interesting -- I didn't know that.

              It doesn't excuse the sogginess, though!

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                windycity Nov 10, 2009 11:56 AM

                I like Madeleine's best, although I think it tastes best after a few hours or even a day otherwise it is kinda moist. Payard had the light and airy kind, as does Kee's Chocolates. Not sure if the new Payard Chocolate Bar has macarons though - can anyone confirm?

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                Kee's Chocolates
                80 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

                Payard
                1032 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10021

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                  kathryn Nov 10, 2009 04:32 PM

                  Kee's has the opposite problem, I felt, where the shells were too light and hard and collapsed very easily. Structural issues!

                  Serious Eats did a write up of the Payard spot and the mention of the macarons wasn't positive.

                  http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2009/1...

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                  Payard
                  1032 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10021

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                    windycity Nov 11, 2009 09:17 AM

                    Sad to hear, although those macarons look a lot sloppier than the ones they used to have at Payard, and it seems like they are doing some new flavors that look more similar to Kee's. I really enjoyed the cassis and passionfruit macarons at the old Payard.

                    Agree that the Kee's macarons are about the chocolate and that the wafers' flavors are generally masked. It's hard for me to taste the peach for example but the rose lychee has great balance. Need to get to Bouchon.

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                    Payard
                    1032 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10021

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                  kelea Nov 10, 2009 12:06 PM

                  ahah the sogginess is a whole nother issue :)

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                    orthorunner Nov 10, 2009 06:29 PM

                    I have to admit to being a fan of the Bouchon ones as well. While they are a bit sticky/gooey in the middle, I like it just for that reason. They have had a balsamic/fig one lately that is quite good.
                    Kee's I like for a different reason" they highlight the excellent Kee's chocolate. I couldn't really taste the cookie much over the chocolate, so I would in fact rather just buy their chocolates. But, still a good choice.
                    Another option is actually a company based out of NYC that ships macaroons: MadMacNYC. They have a few different selections to buy in moderate or larger quantities. Have not actually had a chance to try them myself though I've given them as a gift and they got rave reviews. Not too pricy, and the owners are very accommodating.

                    Making me want to go pick up some macaroons right now...

          2. Miss Needle Nov 10, 2009 07:19 AM

            I also went through that withdrawal as well. Unfortunately, NYC's macaron choices won't come close to Pierre Herme or Laduree. The closest to Pierre Herme is Mitzy's macarons. She has studied with Pierre Herme in the past. Tafu in Midtown East used to carry them but they're closed now. You can still order Mitzy's online. But I believe you have to place a large order.

            Oh, damn. Just checked the website and it seems they're taking a break until 2010! :(

            http://www.itzybitzypatisserie.com/

            My next choice would be Madeleine. But it's imperative that you have it come to room temperature before eating. Otherwise it's just not the same.

            This thread will probably be helpful.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/331328

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              kiworan79 Nov 10, 2009 07:31 AM

              I second the recommendation for Itzy Bitzy Patisserie -- worth keeping in mind for 2010. Mitzy made me macarons (in cute little packages) that I gave out as my wedding favors back in June and, to be honest, I wish I had kept more for myself! They were fantastic!

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              Itzy Bitzy Patisserie
              New York, NY, USA, New York, NY

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                CornflakeGirl Nov 15, 2009 05:39 AM

                Another vote for Mitzy! My husband bought me some last year and they were wonderful!

              2. hcbk0702 Nov 10, 2009 07:37 AM

                The best macaron in NYC is probably found at La Maison du Chocolat. I think they're much better than the ones at Bouchon Bakery but at $5 each, they're also much more expensive. Unfortunately, there's not much flavor variety.

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                Bouchon Bakery
                10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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                  Toot Nov 10, 2009 09:24 AM

                  I second Maison du Chocolat, especially if you get them the same day they arrive from Paris. Much better than Bouchon Bakery.

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                  Bouchon Bakery
                  10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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                  fm1963 Nov 10, 2009 11:01 AM

                  I'm probably in the minority, but I prefer Bouchon to Madeleine. I haven't tried La Maison du Choc, but that's my next project.

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                    alyssabrooke Nov 10, 2009 11:34 AM

                    i am going to have to pick up a bunch and do some tasting. what a shame that pierre herme doesnt ship outside of europe. I literally cannot go more than an hour without day dreaming about them!

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                      kathryn Nov 10, 2009 04:33 PM

                      Macarons are hard enough to carry around, shipping sounds like a nightmare.

                      Here's a tasting a friend did a while back:
                      http://www.roboppy.net/food/2007/04/t...

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                      Macaron Cafe
                      485 7th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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                      sholli Nov 10, 2009 12:13 PM

                      I've gotten a few at Bouley Bakery, but they were only okay. They often have interesting flavors, but they were a little heavy/gummy. The only exceptional ones I've had were (inconveniently) from the cafe (and as amuse bouche at the restaurant) at Stone Barns. Sigh.

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                        gnocchicroissant Nov 11, 2009 06:54 AM

                        I also love Bouchon macarons. I think they have the perfect texture (slightly crispy on the outside like meringue, chewy on the inside, not soggy at all)! Agree there is too much filling, but I can live with that. And I've never experienced them selling any coated with chocolate.

                        I did not like Madeleine's - too soft, and personally I don't want to wait a day or two to have to eat them.

                        One thing about La Maison, the filling is all chocolate, which may or may not be to your taste.

                        1. teresa Nov 11, 2009 11:53 AM

                          I'm not a macaron expert, but I recently bought some from La Maison Du Chocolat for a friend's birthday. The only other macarons I've had were from the famous Laduree. My friend is a huge macaron fan and has had the French ones, so for her to say that the La Maison Du Chocolat ones were good is a big deal. They are a little pricey. The big ones are $5 each.

                          http://www.lamaisonduchocolat.com/en/...

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                            uhockey Nov 15, 2009 06:48 AM

                            I love Keller - I love Bouchon's Macarons - but the Macarons at La Maison are a whole different level - they are absolutley amazing.

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                            Macaron Cafe
                            485 7th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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                            alyssabrooke Nov 11, 2009 12:45 PM

                            Wow. thanks all. looks like i will be heading to Madeline's and Maison du chocolat. Now if i could only find hot chocolate to rival angelinas...

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                              smarty Nov 15, 2009 05:34 AM

                              I have not had Bouchon macarons, do enjoy Madelines at room temperature. I am surprised no one has mentioned Macaron Cafe at 161 W.36 Street. Tiny place, macarons are quite good and a bargain at $1.95

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                              Macaron Cafe
                              485 7th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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                                windycity Nov 18, 2009 08:40 AM

                                I've had them, thought they were decent but not at the same level as Madeleine.

                                Btw, I recently made the mistake of buying macarons from the Organic Ice Cream Factory after a drunken evening. (Sober, I would know never to buy macarons from an ice cream shop.) They were wrong. Not the right texture, overly sweet. *sigh* Just a warning for others not to make the same mistake.

                            2. LeahBaila Nov 19, 2009 05:43 AM

                              I'm obsessed with Laduree and the closest I've found in NYC are: Ceci Cela, and Madeleine's salted caramel.

                              Enjoy and please report back!!
                              www.thelunchbelle.com

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                                coookies Mar 22, 2010 01:09 PM

                                i too am literally obsessed with laduree, it is my favorite place in the whole world and i am very sad there are none in america. that being said, i recently tried macaron cafe on 161 west 36th street and they come pretty dam close to the ones i had in paris. i have also tried bouchons but am not such a fan, they arent delicate and all of them have heavy buttercream filling. the ones at macaron cafe were so light and airy, the rasberry were filled with jam and just incredible, for a few seconds i felt like i was back in laduree. they are less than $2 a piece and are worth every penny, i have def found a new favorite place. i also tried madeleine's right after macaron cafe and i have to say macaron cafe was way better if you like traditonal ones. madeleine was very good, but also heavy, pretty sure the inside fo the strawberry one was filled with strawberry butter, delicious, but not what i was looking for.

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                                  uwsister Mar 22, 2010 02:34 PM

                                  Hmm. I guess I need to get myself to Macaron Cafe! I've read many average reviews, but it sounds like it's worth a try.

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                                  Macaron Cafe
                                  485 7th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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                                    LeahBaila Mar 23, 2010 01:08 PM

                                    Oh my, this sounds great! Thanks so much for the tip. Will have to get there soon! :)

                                    www.thelunchbelle.com

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                                      coookies Mar 23, 2010 01:23 PM

                                      i forgot about the lemon one too, equally as amazing as the raspberry. will have to try them all!

                                2. daffyduck Mar 23, 2010 01:45 PM

                                  i havent tried too many macaroons so im not an expert at all. but i think my favorite in manhattan is chickalicious.
                                  if youre ever in westchester Le Tulipe has macaroons that are seriously delicious, i dont know anyone that comes close to them.
                                  http://www.latulipedesserts.com/index...
                                  u can order some online but i dont feel that comfortable recommending them since i havent tried too many macaroons. but i did like them a lot better than kee's and chickalicious.
                                  if you're ever in mount kisco though you should definitely stop in.

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