Review: Macaron Cafe

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French? Check.

Coffee? Check.

Macarons? Check.

Sunday was Macaron Day in NYC, where shops would help promote the upcoming macaron trend by giving away one free macaron to each visitor. I ended up going to the Macaron Cafe on 36th St (at 7th Ave) to get my free tasting, but found a gold mine.

The shop is not very big, with two seating areas split by the macaron case, coffee machine, and register. The employees wear french maid-esque headbands and ask for your order in a (real) french accent. a giant metal art piece of a rooster sits on top of a display case, looking towards the door, as another reminder that you have entered french territory.

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I tried the vanilla lavender and the rose macarons, and I must say these are as good as the ones I had from Laduree (Paris). The eggshell dome, the bubbly feet, and the consistent texture throughout were all done perfectly. The macarons I’ve had in DC pale in comparison to these. I immediately decided to buy a box to bring home for proper inspection and flavor ideas for when I try to make macarons myself. Some of the flavors they had were: cassis, grapefruit, raspberry, pistachio, violette, vanilla lavender, vanilla, chocolate, rhubarb, mango, and lemon. I can’t remember what other ones were in the display case, but they change seasonally.

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If you still haven’t tried a macaron, try one. if you’re in new york city and haven’t tried a macaron, get one here. They have two locations:

161 West 36th Street (at 7th Ave)
and
625 Madison Avenue (at 59th St)

The cost is about what you would expect, $2.25 for one macaron, with a discount for box purchases. They also serve coffee, sandwiches, and salads at this cafe, but come on, you’re going there for the macarons (and maybe the french accents).

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