October 21, 2011 § 2 Comments
New York City is currently experiencing a macaron (and that’s macaron, not macaroon, which is another thing entirely) craze but unfortunately, many of these new places are really not up to snuff. Not surprising that according to this Serious Eats post detailing the best macaron sources in the city, the top two (1. Laduree and 2. Maison du Chocolat) by far both have their pastries flown in directly from the source, Paris.
Last month, soon after Laduree opened up shop on the Upper East Side, Laura and I paid a visit to eyeball these delicious confections and get ourselves a sampling, pretty box included.
I believe there were 14 flavors in total, so we did get one repeat of the salted caramel. From what I remember, there was salted caramel, black current, raspberry (a favorite), vanilla, chocolate, cherry and almond, coconut (so good), green apple, lemon, pistachio (my favorite), rose, cinnamon raisin, strawberry mint, and coffee. Although I definitely had my favorites, each and every macaron was delicious, with a perfect cookie to filling ratio and a contrast between crunch and chewiness in the meringue. The prices are definitely very steep, but I think it’s definitely worth a splurge now and then.
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