NYC EVENT :: MACARON HUNT ON MACARON DAY // upper east side to midtown, florian bellanger, ludovic augendre, francois payard

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Are (french) macarons the new cupcake??

Possibly. Macaron shops are popping up all over NYC and I am MORE than pleased. I kinda sorta love french macarons.

Remember when I took a class in Paris at La Cuisine Paris to make them?? Or remember the time I tried to make them by scratch (without a Kitchen Aid) with Chef Piero??

Oh wait, I probably didn’t tell you about that failed experiment…

So when I heard about Macaron Day, I was intrigued. When I heard they were giving away free macarons, I was ecstatic!

I searched the website for participating stores, mapped out a macaron guide, dragged along my next door neighbor (umm, I had to share the calories with someone) and got started on the Upper East Side.

LET THE MACARON HUNT BEGIN!

1. Mad Mac at Bernardaud :: Guest Appearances from Florian Bellanger and Ludovic Augendre!!

2. Macaron Cafe :: Broken Samples… not-so-great service

3. Francois Payard at The Plaza Hotel :: Exceptional Service & Great Variety

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4. Bouchon Bakery at Rockefeller Center :: Out of Macarons but I still spotted some in the trees!

5. La Maison du Chocolat :: Out of Macs but semi-relieved…

Prettiest Macs? Francois Payard. Perfect circles. Nice feet. Macaron Colors complimented fillings based on their flavor (i.e. passion fruit displayed in photo).

Most Intriguing? Macaron Cafe. Solely for their bright color combos.

Best Mac Out of the Bunch? Mad Mac by Florian & Ludovic. Taste, texture, presentation, filling- SPOT ON.

And no, I was not swayed by their French accents ;)

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  • Good finds! We’re huge fans of macarons ourselves, and although we’re not sure if they acknowledged Macaron Day, Maison Ladurée (one of our top picks for Upper East Side dining. Their macarons are a bit pricey, which worried us at first, but they proved to be well worth it. Try them out sometime! Highly recommended.

    • littlemisslocal

      Maison Laduree is a brilliant recommendation for great macarons! Will definitely pop in when I get a chance to splurge (waist & wallet- wise)! :)