While everyone is still going crazy for macarons I thought I would write about two very different experiences I recently had.
Two weeks ago I had some macarons from Antonio Bachour of Quattro after dessert. The lemon and strawberry macarons were really flavorful and fresh. The texture of the cookie was perfect–there was no “crunch” detected when you bit into the shell. The only downside is convenience as the only way to try some of these macarons is to 1) have dinner at Quatto or 2) stay at the Trump Soho Hotel where every guest recently received some macarons in their room instead of the standard (and boring) chocolate on the pillow.
On the other hand the macarons I had from Gallery 32 on Sunday had flavor and looked the part but their texture was really gluey. It was like someone melted a caramel square inside two macaron cookies. for $1.50 they were cheap but if you are in gallery 32 and need dessert go for the self-serve style red mango instead, where $3.00 will buy you quite a bit.
Food Gallery 32, The bakery I purchased the macarons from is 2 flights upstairs. 11 W 32nd St (Broadway and 5th)
Quattro is located in the Trump Soho hotel on 246 Spring Street. Their website is here.