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New York foodies and macarons: A match made in almond flour

Posted by Niko on September 20th, 2011

Bisous Ciao had the NYC macaron crown for almost 2 years

Why is it so important for New Yorkers to know what other people think is “the best”?   With the opening of Laduree in New York City there has been a considerable amount of macaron hype, most of it around how superior their macarons are to everything else. Last week I finally got to try about eight of them (thank you Doctore) and I can safely say they are the best this city has to offer right now.  They feature perfect buttercream, super-soft almond flour cookie shell and insanely strong flavors–despite flying 3600 miles from Paris every day!   (more…)

Chocolate Ganache Cake From Georgia's

I have written about Georgia’s, the lone French pastry outpost on the Upper West Side, before–but that was to recognize their Key Lime tart and their sweet but excellent scones.  This time, two days before Bastille Day, I wanted to give them some love for their chocolate ganache cake.  This is a straight-up-dark chocolate cake made with three sponge layers, two light ganache layers and one darker ganache glaze layer.  It’s not super dark or bitter but it’s also not too sweet to make your teeth hurt.  My piece was also very moist and fresh.  $7.00. (more…)

Mad-Mac’s Macarons

Sunday, March 20th is Macaron day! Many bakeries in New York will be participating by offering free macarons. To receive a free macaron just tell the shop you are there for Macaron Day NYC.  Visit www.macarondaynyc.com for a complete list of participants and more information. Go here for coverage of last year’s event.  Participants as of March 17:

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Georgia's Key Lime tart: not too sweet -just right

Despite what Fabio says about their desserts, I think we all can agree the French make great pastries (and cheese).  The Upper West Side is not not typically known as a hotbed of French pastry unless you consider babka French.  It does however, have Georgia’s.  Georgia’s has quietly developed a loyal following of neighborhood people who come for the excellent baked goods, pastry, as well as breakfast lunch and dinner. (more…)

Saturday was Macaron Day and two great bakeries in my hood were participating.  Macaron Day is a good idea and I was curious to see how things were going.   The closest participating bakery is Georgia’s which is about 10 minutes from my apartment.  Impressively, they were still providing free macarons at 2:30.   Not only that, but they were going above-and-beyond the macaron day guidelines and had put out a small plate of macarons were not really limiting people to just one.   Interestingly, most people did only took one.   I took 3.   But also bought one, plus two scones and a cookie.

I found Georgia’s chocolate and strawberry macarons to be absolutely top-notch.   Especially the Strawberry.  It had tons of flavor and was perfect in texture: really smooth on the inside and crisp but not hard on the outside.     The chocolate was also very smooth.   I would buy both those again in a heartbeat.  They did have one flavor called “oreo” that had a kind of odd taste.

Strawberry Macarons from Georgia's are A+

I should note that Georgi’a also has excellent scones and cookies.    In the scone category I recommend the chocolate chip.  Their whole wheat oat scones are also worth a try.   In the cookie category you can’t go wrong at here.  Chocolate chip, oatmeal or double chocolate chip.

Recommended: Chocolate and Strawberry macarons, scones, chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies

Georgia’s is located on 2418 Broadway (corner of 90th).

Silver Moon Bakery chestnut Macaron

Silver Moon Bakery was also participating in Macaron Day but by the time we got there they had stopped giving out free macarons.   One of the employees said that they had given away 150 by noon.   I imagine their close proximity to Columbia may have led to a run on their inventory by internet savvy starving grad students.

After asking a few more questions and purchasing a $5.00 bread the Silver Moon employee took pity on me and offered me a chestnut macaron.  Honestly, when he said it was chestnut flavored I was kinda disappointed but after tasting it I was sold (have I been stupid to avoid chestnut flavored desserts all this time?)  When I was 5 blocks away I regretted not purchasing  another macaron to see how they were.

I have written about Silver Moon bakery before but in case you haven’t read those posts,  just know that nearly everything is excellent at this bakery, especially the breads.

Recommended: Chestnut macarons, and of the fresh breads.

Silver Moon Bakery is located at 2740 Broadway at 105th St.

Macaron Day NYC: Sat March 20…

Posted by JK on March 20th, 2010

Dessert Truck Works Pomegranate macarons from Nov 2008

Updated: Georgia’s on the Upper West Side and Cannelle Patisserie in Queens have been added.

François Payard is organizing the first annual Macaron Day in NYC on Saturday, March 20.   Discover just how good these gourmet little pastries can be at one of the bakeries below.  These retailers will be offering a free macaron if you tell them you are there because of Macaron Day (of course you should tell them you are there because of  DessertBuzz too, but you won’t get anything extra).  As you would expect in a city of 8 million, supplies are limited so go early.

Macaron Day NYC is inspired by and will coincide with the 5th annual Jour du Macaron in Paris, organized by Pierre Hermé.

Bouchon Bakery macaron from the Time Warner Center location

Chocolate macarons from L.A. Burdick

Macarons from Kee Chocolatier (as of yet not participating in Macaron Day)

Francois Payard's macarons from Francois Chocolate Bar

Almondine Bakery
85 Water Street, DUMBO
(718) 797-5026
442 9th Street, Park Slope
(718) 832-4607
www.almondinebakery.com

Bouchon Bakery
10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor
(212) 823-9364
www.bouchonbakery.com

Burdick Chocolate
5 East 20th Street
(212) 796-0143
www.burdickchocolate.com

Butterfield Market
1114 Lexington Avenue
(212) 288-7800
www.butterfieldmarket.com

DessertTruck Works
6 Clinton Street
www.dt-works.net

FC Chocolate Bar714 Madison Avenue, 4th floor(212) 759-1600www.fcchocolatebar.com

GEORGIA’S CAFÉ & BAKERY
2418 Broadway at West 89th Street
(212) 362-2000

Cannelle Patisserie
75-59 31st Avenue, East Elmhurst
(718) 565-6200
La Maison du Chocolat
1018 Madison Avenue at 78 Street
63 Wall Street
30 Rockefeller Center
Empire State Center Lobby
(212) 744-7117
www.lamaisonduchocolat.com

Macaron Café
161 West 36th Street
(212) 564-3525
www.macaroncafe.com

Madeleine Patisserie
132 West 23rd Street
212-243-2757
www.madeleinepatisserie.com

Mad-Mac “The Authentic French Macarons”
At Bernardaud
499 Park Avenue at 59th Street
(973) 225-0930
www.madmacnyc.com

Silver Moon Bakery
2740 Broadway at 105th Street
(212) 866-4717
www.silvermoonbakery.com