Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City
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.
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),
|116 Houston Street (between Sullivan and Thompson Street),
|3 Columbus Circle (on Eighth Avenue between West 58th and West 57th Street),
|1 West 59th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue),
Inside Plaza Food Hall,
|1293 Third Avenue (between East 74th and East 75th Street),
Upper East Side