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The best macarons in NYC

From classic flavors to oddball riffs, these top-notch Parisian cookies at NYC patisseries are the best macarons in NYC

Assorted macarons at Macaron Café
Photograph: Courtesy Macaron Café
By Rheanna O'Neil Bellomo, Abby Carney and Christina Izzo |
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New York has a proud sweet tooth—see the best cupcakes in NYC and best cookies in NYC for proof. But the city has a particularly sweet spot saved for that pretty Parisian import, the macaron. Baked by the city’s best French bakery spots, these are the best macarons NYC has to offer.

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Best macarons in NYC

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Pistachio macaron - Bouchon
Photograph: Raydene Salinas
Restaurants, Bakeries

Pistachio at Bouchon Bakery

icon-location-pin Upper West Side

Our number one pick is a classic flavor, and for good reason. Bold pistachio nuttiness is rendered light and airy in Bouchon's version, with hints of bright lime and soft floral notes folded into the biscuit's whipped cream. $3.50

2
Macarons bisou
Photograph: Raydene Salinas
Restaurants

Salted Caramel at Bisous, Ciao Macarons

icon-location-pin West Village

You won't mind the ribbons of gooey caramel that ooze from between the cookie's meringue shell. The filling tastes like a Werther's Original but hits with a dash of salt to make it even more craveable. $2.75

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3
Macarons Bouchon
Photograph: Raydene Salinas
Restaurants, Bakeries

Coffee-hazelnut at Bouchon Bakery

icon-location-pin Upper West Side

Chewy, cocoa-dusted cookies surround a silky center of nutty espresso-hazelnut cream— it's like your favorite coffee ice cream, in a cookie.$3.50

4
Macarons Ladurée
Photograph: Raydene Salinas
Restaurants, Bakeries

Chocolate at Maison Ladurée

icon-location-pin Lenox Hill

The renowned Parisian patisserie delivers an A-plus chocolate cookie with a crisp shell and an überthick, heady ganache filling. $2.80

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5
macarons Macaron Parlour rosemary olive oil
Photograph: Raydene Salinas
Restaurants, Bakeries

Rosemary and olive oil at Macaron Parlour

icon-location-pin Lower East Side

Showing an invention deserving of a place in the top five, there's a subtle herbal aroma to this sweet-and-savory treat, balanced with fruity olive-oil cream and an undertone of zesty lime. $2.50

6
vanilla macaron
Photograph: Raydene Salinas
Restaurants, Bakeries

Vanilla at Maison Ladurée

icon-location-pin Lenox Hill

Leave it to Ladurée to master a classic: The creamy, nearly whipped vanilla-bean middle is almost as delicate as its pillowy meringue shell. $2.80

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7
blood orange macaron
Photograph: Raydene Salinas
Restaurants

Blood orange at Bious, Ciao Macarons

icon-location-pin West Village

At first bite, the cookie's tart citrus center is initially masked a bit by cocoa, but its brightness builds with each bite, making for a very fresh and light macaron. $2.75

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key lime macaron
Photograph: Raydene Salinas
Restaurants, Patisseries

Key lime at La Maison du Macaron

icon-location-pin Chelsea

This cookie is a virtual key lime pie made mini: The graham-cracker–coated shell caps a tangy custard filling countered with just enough sweet cream. $2.75

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9
Epicerie Boulud raspberry
Photograph: Raydene Salinas
Restaurants, Bakeries

Raspberry at Épicerie Boulud

icon-location-pin Upper West Side

The outer shell of this cookie is super thin and shatter-delicate, giving way to a tart raspberry-jam core. $3

10
passion macaron
Photograph: Raydene Salinas
Restaurants, Patisseries

Passion fruit at La Maison du Macaron

icon-location-pin Chelsea

Punched with lip-puckering, sweet-tart citrus, this pastry earns its place in the top ten by deftly resembling its tropical origin without reaching cloying levels. $2.75

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