After hitting up Thierry Patisserie in Vancouver before leaving for NYC earlier this month, I realized how much I absolutely love macarons. So, when I passed Macaron Parlour Patisserie while walking down St. Mark’s Place last week, I had an immediate craving and knew I had to satisfy it as soon as possible. Macaron Parlour originated in NYC in 2010 as a food truck that could be found in Madison Square or Union Square, which also still exists today and more recently expanded to the new location in the East Village.
After walking inside, I noticed that there’s quite a large space, including a cafe seating area toward the back of the bakery, and beyond macarons are also many other pastries. There are delicious almond croissants (I tried one, and would definitely go back for another), chocolate chip cookies sprinkled with a bit of salt, and quite a few others desserts to satisfy a sweet tooth.
The variety was almost overwhelming, and I took quite awhile before finally deciding on 4 macarons that I would be able to eat up over the next day. There was everything from Lemon Basil, Salty Caramel, Maple Bacon, Chocolate, Pistachio, Earl Grey, Pecan, Pumpkin Pie, Red Velvet, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Passion Fruit, and many more for $2.50 each.
My selection included the salty-sweet Salted Caramel, Pistachio, Earl Grey, and Peanut Butter Chocolate. I downed two of them right away, and managed to hold off and save the remaining ones for the next day. My favourites were the Salted Caramel (although really sweet) and the Earl Grey. The outer shell was crisp and yet the center was still nice and moist.
Although I haven’t gone to L’Aduree yet while in NYC, I’m hoping to get there before I leave, and will be able to compare them. Macaron Parlour definitely doesn’t hold a match up against Thierry in Vancouver, but they were still quite delicious, although a bit more on the sweeter side. I’ll still return to try more flavours, as the service was great, the almond croissant was amazing, and they are a close walk from my apartment.