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French Macaroons

I will be hitting town in a few weeks and wondering where to find the best one's in town. Thanks!

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  1. My favorites:
    Ceci Cela Patisserie
    Eat My Chocolate

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      Eat My Chocolate? Really?

      I liked their flavored chocolates a great deal but found their attempt at Macaroons a comical failure. I think I tried a caramel flavor, but there was no actual flavor profile.

      The disgusting buttercream filling was essentially whipped butter added between a fairly misshaped attempt at oversized cookies, all without any noticeable sugar...and to make matters worse, the overpowering butter, tasted bitter and off.

      It looked and tasted as if someone who didn't know how to bake them was giving it a shot, couldn't pull off the recipe, and had not tasted one themselves before putting them for sale.

      Madeleine, and Bouchon, are the best I've had in NY.

      1. re: sugartoof

        Yep, really enjoyed the chocolate one I had @ EMC. I could care less about how a macaron looks, as long as it tastes good.

        1. re: LeahBaila

          Normally agree about the look, but in this case the unrefined looking macaroon was an indication of the taste. I'm sure remembering to add sugar on subsequent batches helps.

    2. La Maison du Chocolat makes the best macarons.

      If you want a wider selection of flavors, try Patisserie Madeleine (but let the macarons come to room temperature before eating).

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      La Maison du Chocolat
      30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020

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      1. re: H Manning

        Room temp? I don't recall chilled macarons at PM.

        1. re: LeahBaila

          The macarons at PM are usually chilled, at least that's been my experience.

          Seconding Ceci Cela, btw. Where is Eat My Chocolate?

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          Ceci-Cela
          55 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

          1. re: H Manning

            Interesting!
            "Eat My Chocolate" is in Nolita - I stumbled upon it, randomly, one day and really enjoyed their overstuffed macarons: http://www.yelp.com/biz/eat-my-chocol....

            1. re: H Manning

              It's always been chilled in my experience as well. Agree with you that you must bring it to room temp. Otherwise it's not worth it.

              Bisous Ciao has been good as well. But my all time favorite in NYC area is Itzy Bitzy Patisserie. Sadly, you can't find them in a storefront anymore. But she does do delivery to Manhattan on Saturdays by delivery guy. And she does mail order as well. Closest I've found to Pierre Herme (which is my gold standard).

              http://www.itzybitzypatisserie.com/sh...

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              Bisous Ciao
              101 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002

              1. re: H Manning

                Madeleine aka La Maison du Macaron or whatever it is they are calling themselves these days definitely has their macarons at fridge temperature.

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

            2. re: H Manning

              2nd La Maison and Patisserie Madeleine/La Maison du Macaron.

            3. The best French macarons are at Bisous Ciao on the LES. I class them as the best I've had outside of Laduree in Paris. Bisous Ciao has fantastic flavors and are very fresh.

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              Bisous Ciao
              101 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002

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                1. re: kathryn

                  Thanks kathryn! I loved the caramel, gianduja, masala spiced chai, and lemon. They do have flower flavored macarons; the rose did taste like rose, but it was too perfumy for me.

              1. La Maison du Macaron also has good macarons.

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

                1. La Maison du Macaron (formerly Madeleine) in Chelsea makes some of the best macarons I've had. The texture is perfect: crispy on the outside, soft and light and chewy on the inside. There's a nice "foot" on the cookie part and a good amount of rise, combined with the perfect proportion of filling for my tastes.

                  The best flavors I've tried were the lychee/rose (pink with gold), orange/praline/white chocolate (orange with nuts), caramel fleur de sel (brown) and melon/almond/lavender (pinkish orange).

                  They are sold from refrigerated cases, so make sure you let them come to room temperature before you eat them. Otherwise, the texture might be off.

                  By the way, there are some good older threads on the subject you might want to take a look at:

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/481795
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/331328

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

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                  1. re: michelleats

                    I agree with La Maison du Macaron. It is delicious!! I loved the caramel fleur de sel which i'm always searching for.

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

                    1. re: michelleats

                      A few pictures of the (very aesthetic) La Maison du Macaron macarons here: http://www.girleatscity.com/2011/01/l...

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