Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

FRANCOIS PAYARD BAKERY, 210 Murray Street (between North End Avenue and West Street), Battery Park

Years ago when my parents came to visit me, I made them walk about 30 blocks from where we had lunch to the Upper East Side to visit Francois Payard Patisserie. It was the first place I truly experienced Franch pastries and it was transformative. They’ll never let me forget that long walk, but we had to do something to make room for the calories.

I don’t need to walk as far anymore because Payard has a few bakery locations around the city now.

I stopped by a little kisok of a store in Battery Park because I was in the Christmas spirit and wanted something to sweeten up the season.

Gingerbread Macaron at FRANCOIS PAYARD BAKERY

In my mind, the gingerbread macaron was a no brainer. These macarons are expertly textured¬†with a crisp pillowy shell easily melting away into a cream center. Flavor-wise, all the spiced notes of the Christmas season exploded from the cookie. Ginger, clove, nutmeg. It’s warming and spicy without being overly sweet. Man, I wish they offered these year-round.

Next time my parents come to town, they’ll be pleased to know we can get some goodies without walking miles in the urban jungle.¬†Or maybe I’ll just pick them up an order for the perfect holiday gift.

FRANCOIS PAYARD BAKERY
210 Murray Street (between North End Avenue and West Street),
Battery Park
(212) 566-8300
116 Houston Street (between Sullivan and Thompson Street),
Greenwich Village
(212) 995-0888
3 Columbus Circle (on Eighth Avenue between West 58th and West 57th Street),
Columbus Circle
(212) 956-1775
1 West 59th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue),
Inside Plaza Food Hall,
Midtown West
(646) 755-3222
1293 Third Avenue (between East 74th and East 75th Street),
Upper East Side
(212) 717-5252
payard.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

2 Responses to DISH OF THE WEEK: Gingerbread Macaron at FRANCOIS PAYARD BAKERY

  1. this sounds great as I love their macarons in general Gingerbread is a fun flavor Enjoying your website !!

  2. Brian Hoffman says:

    Thanks so much, Rosemary! Happy Holidays!!

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