Dahling, you simply know we couldn’t go to New York without finding some fabulous sweets and treats! I got such a kick out of walking all over NYC and keeping an eye out for my newest obsession: macarons. And much to my glee, just about everywhere we went we spied a cute little macaron shop. I just couldn’t resist popping into each one!
bisous, ciao. MACARONS
101 Stanton Street, New York, NY
(212) 260-3463 · bisousciao.com
Our first stop was Bisous Ciao Macarons on the Lower East Side.
What a gorgeous shop this was! So many fun flavors and brightly colored macarons.
This one was a salted peanut buttercream with a concord grape jelly center. Oh how I love PB&J macarons!
Look how soft and cupcakey these are. Bisous Ciao macarons are made via the Italian Meringue method, as opposed to the french macarons I make. As you can see, they look (and taste) very similar, but the texture is a little more soft and soo pillowy. Here we have Tahitian Vanilla, Salted Caramel, Espresso, and Gianduja (hazelnut and milk chocolate). Yum!
I loved these! I’m definitely inspired to give the Italian Meringue method a try.
161 West 36th Street, New York, NY
(212) 564-3525 â€Ž · macaroncafe.com
Next up was Macaron Café on West 36th Street near Macy’s, and boy were these macarons gorgeous! This place was so cute with cozy little booths in the back to curl up and nosh macarons.
I cannot tell you how excited I was to find this gorgeous creme brulee macaron! Oh how fabulous is that caramelized sugar on the outside of the macaron? To die.
Here we have Mocha and Almond Wedding Cake. The Mocha one tasted just like peanut butter & chocolate, so yummy.
We also tried a few fun flavors here such as Chocolate Ginger, Pumpkin Cinnamon, and Honey Lavender. Mama mia. Macaron Café has some absolutely stunning macarons!
864 Madison Ave
Manhattan, NY 10021
Oh, you know we had to try macarons from Ladurée.
Ladurée is the famous french macaron bakery in Paris that just recently opened a shop on the Upper East Side in NYC.
Okay, I am loving gooey caramel as a macaron filling.
I was just tickled to discovered that out of all the macarons we sampled in New York, these — the ones from Ladurée, the famous french macaron bakery — taste the most like the ones I make. How neat is that. You can find my step-by-step recipe here.
La Maison Du Macaron
132 West 23rd Street, New York, NY
(212) 243-2757 â€Ž · nymacaron.com
Oh. My. Gosh. La Maison Du Macaron in Chelsea was completely and totally drool worthy.
Not only do they have a huge variety of colorful macarons but they also offer a wide selection of gorgeous breads and pastries.
La Maison Du Macaron has a super cozy seating area in the back with couches and tables, but since it was a beautiful day, we opted to take ours to-go and ended up walking all the way up to the park to sample these treats.
This one was Nutella with little crushed hazelnuts on top.
Loved the gold flecks on this Tiramisu macaron!
Somehow we ended up getting a chocolate and vanilla macaron everywhere we went! Even though Kevin’s usually a chocolate fan, while I prefer vanilla, we both agreed that just the simple, original vanilla macaron was our favorite everywhere we went. Gotta love the classics.
But oh no, that did not stop us from sampling. Check out these flavors, clockwise from left: Lavender Nougat, Milk Chocolate Caramel, Candied Chestnut with Creme Fraiche, and yes… Speculoos. Better known as Biscoff Spread in the US. :)
Our last stop in NYC was Macaron Parlour in the little Christmas shops set up in Union Square. Oh cute little Macaron Parlour guy. I feel exactly the same way.
I do believe we saved the best for last.
Loved the build-your-own macaron gift box here. Perfect for transporting macarons. After delightfully sampling all the fun flavors here, I went back and got another one for my neighbor and fellow macaron partner in crime, All Artful.
Peanut Butter Cup. Loved the drizzling peanut butter here!
And the fun peanut buttery surprise inside!
Smore’s! This graham cracker macaron with chocolate and marshmallow filling rocked my face off.
Oh, but the fun doesn’t stop there. We also have Nutella and Tiramisu, here.
As well as coffee, apple caramel, dark chocolate, and red velvet. Oh how I loved the red velvet macaron!
They even had a candied bacon macaron with maple cream cheese frosting. Their signature macaron.
Macaron Parlour will be at the Christmas shops in Union Square every day until Christmas, or you can always find their macarons here.
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY
(212) 823-9366 â€Ž · bouchonbakery.com
Okay, just one more — I couldn’t resist! No macaron post would be complete without mentioning Bouchon Bakery. I’ve spoken of my love for Bouchon many times — the beautiful bakery where I had my first macaron — and it still holds a special place in my heart. My favorite Bouchon macarons are Vanilla, Caramel, and PB&J. When we visited last weekend we picked up a vanilla, chocolate, and their seasonal pumpkin spice macaron.
That giant vanilla macaron. Be still my heart.
open a branch in the Philippines! :) pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
This is the best dessert ever.
On one hand I cannot wait to eat them, on another, they are so pretty I feel bad to ruin them!
I’ve never had a macaron before. Those photos make me want to remedy that IMMEDIATELY! :-D
I love pictures of macrons. They are so beautiful and delicate. I am dying to have some now.
Wow, I love the gallery approach to these macaron shops – they are truly works of art!
Oh, those macaroons look good. I’ve never tasted those kind, just the coconut macaroons. Those were a treat that my grandmother and I would eat together :) :)
Oh, that macaroon guy was great :) :) I love his joyful expression :)
Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)
Your photos are amazing! Feeling guilty just by looking at it!
Beautiful photos! I made macarons for the first time recently and they turned out well. This gives me many new ideas for flavors that I am going to try. I love your blog!
Such a great post. You started and finished with my two favorite places: Bisous CIAO and Macaron Parlour. Friendly staff, and delicious macaroooooooonnns!
I love MACARONS!!!! Wow, and those pictures just make my mouth watered!!!!!!! I might drive to the city just to buy some!!!
Wish I could have joined you on your macaron hunt as I too adore them!
Macarons will never stop being enticing. Beautiful photos!
oh my god
what a field trip. and those photos are like works of food art.
(found you via Jenni!) :-)
Oh, how I miss NYC!
Thanks for this post!! I’m in NYC this weekend and will definitely be trying at least one of these!!
they all look so pretty and oh the flavors, one is better than the next!
Oh I’m so excited to be flying to NYC tomorrow and will be craving macarons all the way – have been meaning to go to Laduree – want to see how it compares to the Paris shop.
what a fun trip! Glad you had so much fun! Nice post as always!
Love all those colors and the flavors sound so scrumptious :). This is WAY too many images of something I’ve yet to try….must remedy soon! Glad you had such a fabulous birthday trip.
I just left NYC this morning! Now I have to go right back so I can do this wonderful tour of all the NYC macaron joints. What a cool review- just love it!
Ughhhh I LOVE La Maison – passionfruit is the all time, hands down, best macaron they make!
‘…rocked my face off ‘
LOL! Good stuff, Amanda. I am totes jealous as I’ve been dying to visit NYC. We were due to go in mid last year but half way around Europe I got pregnant and we came home when I was 3 months sans the North Americas *sniff* Those macarons look amazing – rural Australia just doesn’t have THAT kind of variety :)
awesome photos.. they look so good! ive never tried them.. but i keep seeing them in blogs.
YUMMY! thanks for all of the wonderful photos!
And now I want a macaron. Those all look absolutely delicious!
Maybe I just need to use your recipe and make my own. :)
Beautiful photography . . .
So where are the recipes for all this??
In Texas, we call them macaroons. Oh, Well!
Merry Christmas and don’t forget the reason for the Season!
Macaron is the new cupcake! I didn’t about the existence of bisous, ciao. MACARONS so I’m glad you mentioned them.
Caramel has always been my favorite filling in a macaron, but you know that already. ;)
Gorgeous macarons!! I still haven’t tried them and sense that needs to change asap. Like Averie said above, some macaron artwork would look awesome in a kitchen! :)
I’m so glad you make time for the important things and thumbs back up to macaron man! I love the red, white and green one!
If I ever come to NY I am just going to follow you around. I dont care where you take me, its bound to be fabulous! :)
I love New York, and I love your pictures of the macarons, so beautiful and artistic! I envy the person who got to take the bites out of all those macarons. Can I have that job? :)
I am dying!! We HAVE to go back to NYC so I can taste all of these treasures!
Oh Lord Amanda –
Now I need some of those! They all looks so beautiful, almost a shame to eat them – ALMOST!
Your photos are scrumptious, and so are those macarons!
amazing reportage! I def. couldn’t choose just one!
Glad to see you and yours had a great time in NYC. Just a quick note. Being from NYC, I must tell you, it’s the “Lower” East Side not the “Lowest” East Side. It’s like saying you were at the Uppest East Side. Btw…you wrote that one correct. :)
NYC is the best city in the world and I’m glad you have enjoyed the sights and food. Can’t wait to go back.
Bouchon was where I had my first macaron too!
oowww they’re very magnificent,
amanda, i want to live in nyc :)
I wish I could decorate my kitchen with those or put those lil pieces of food ART to use. They are so beautiful and colorful. And I bet…delicious!