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Assorted macarons at Macaron Café
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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

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

Pistachio macaron - Bouchon
Photograph: Raydene Salinas

1. Pistachio at Bouchon Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries 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

Macarons bisou
Photograph: Raydene Salinas

2. Salted Caramel at Bisous, Ciao Macarons

Restaurants 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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Macarons Bouchon
Photograph: Raydene Salinas

3. Coffee-hazelnut at Bouchon Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries 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

Macarons Ladurée
Photograph: Raydene Salinas

4. Chocolate at Maison Ladurée

Restaurants Bakeries 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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vanilla macaron
Photograph: Raydene Salinas

6. Vanilla at Maison Ladurée

Restaurants Bakeries 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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blood orange macaron
Photograph: Raydene Salinas

7. Blood orange at Bious, Ciao Macarons

Restaurants 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

key lime macaron
Photograph: Raydene Salinas

8. Key lime at La Maison du Macaron

Restaurants Patisseries 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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passion macaron
Photograph: Raydene Salinas

10. Passion fruit at La Maison du Macaron

Restaurants Patisseries 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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