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french macaroons

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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  1. 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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    1. re: pbjluver

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

      1. 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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        1. re: ncsuemme

          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.

          1. re: kathryn

            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.

            1. re: kelea

              Interesting -- I didn't know that.

              It doesn't excuse the sogginess, though!

              1. re: kathryn

                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

                1. re: windycity

                  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

                  1. re: kathryn

                    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

                2. re: kathryn

                  ahah the sogginess is a whole nother issue :)

                  1. re: kelea

                    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. 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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            1. re: Miss Needle

              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

              1. re: Miss Needle

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

              2. 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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                1. re: hcbk0702

                  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

                2. 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.