Last week I posted about Panya’s huge $1.50 macarons and noted that they tasted fine but sometimes seemed a bit stale. A friend, who is an accomplished baker, pointed out in the comments that Finacier Patisserie, who generally makes excellent french pastries, also sells large sized macarons for only $2.25, a price well below the NYC average (about $2.25 for a 1.5″ cookie). In an effort to actually provide some useful information to my readers I decided to investigate.
My tipster was right. Not only were Financier’s macarons only $2.25 but they were in fact quite large and unlike the Panya macarons, very well made. I tried a chocolate, hazelnut and pistachio.
My favorite out of the three was the chocolate since it had the strongest and most distinct flavor. The pistachio also had a nice flavor. The hazelnut didn’t come through as clear to me. (disclosure: I’m allergic to hazelnuts so maybe my sense of smell and taste are affected by that). All three cookies had nice soft exteriors with no “crackle” when bitten. They also had the nice aroma of fresh baked almond flour.
Given the excellent value and the ubiquitousness of Financier’s locations, I have to highly recommend these macarons. Please let me know if you like them if you decide to try them.
Recommended: Chocolate and Pistachio macaron ($2.25).
Recent macaron articles: Dessertbuzz’s favorite macarons: Dessert Truck Works. Macarons without bricks and mortar stores: Mad Mac and Macaron Parlour. Bouchon has great seasonal macarons like peanut butter and jelly. Don’t forget Macaron Cafe which has very soft, very fresh macarons in midtown.
Full-on roundup coming soon.
Financier has many locations in NYC – I purchased these at their location on 48th Street between 6th and broadway.