It’s no secret that many of the foods that are all the rage in New York City right now, have originated from Europe. We decided to highlight some of the best New York City counterparts for authentic delicacies that are a lot like the originals found in Europe. This week we are looking at Macarons, a taste of Paris that has been taking the city by storm, one adorable pastel color at a time.
If ever you are lucky enough to travel to Paris, you’ll find that it is nearly impossible not to eat your way through the city—no diets allowed here! Just walking down any of the picturesque boulevards opens up an endless supply of patisseries and cafes. Along with its food, Paris is known for its grandeur, meaning that somewhere along the way a combination of the two was born. This concept also extends to the wonderful world of macarons. With plenty of upscale macaron patisseries throughout the city, perhaps the most popular is Ladurée. Pierre Desfontaines, a Ladurée chef, was the first one to create the macaron so what could possibly be a better place to get them from? However, if you’re here in New York City and craving something sweet, macarons can be found almost anywhere. You can even go to Ladurée without going all the way to Paris, as it has a store on Madison Avenue between 70th and 71st streets.
It was only a matter of time before someone put a New York twist on the classic French treat, which Francois Payard did by making a macaron ice cream sandwich available throughout the summer. With flavors like salted caramel, pistachio raspberry, among others, head over to One West 58th Street on a hot NYC day and try one! Also be sure to be on the lookout for the fifth annual Macaron Day next March where bakeries across the city come together and give their patrons free macarons.