As what many foodies say, the macaron is the anti-cupcake. A macaron is a French cream-filled sandwich cookie that is light and delicious. My friend recommended I try La Maison du Macaron, as she claimed they made the best macarons in town. And I believe it.
Today I stopped by La Maison du Macaron during my busy lunch break. I was lured by the bright colored macarons on display and a sign saying today’s lunch sandwich special was Croque Monsieur, one of my favorites.
As soon as I stepped in, the wonderful aroma of baked goods greeted me. Freshly baked croissants, madelines, French pastries, and macarons were aplenty, and the queue to order wasn’t so bad – about 5 or so customers selecting the perfect gift box to place the macarons in. They all looked like kids in a candy store as they pointed at all the macarons they wanted to purchase.
For $2.50, you can get an airy macaron. Choose from a variety of flavors like Nutella, pistachio, speculoos (a caramel gingerbread filling from Belgium), and other exotic flavors.
|Clockwise: speculoos, Nutella, pistachio macarons|
Their Croque Monsieur, made with ham and Swiss cheese, was served with a side salad of mixed greens. A great filling meal for under $10. They also have quiche available if you’re not in the mood for a sandwich.
|Croque Monsieur, $9.25|
The macaron menu changes every season, so check their Facebook page for updates.
La Maison du Macaron
132 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel: (212) 243-2757
Also featured in Time Out New York.