20 August 2009
I've mentioned before that I recently discovered the delights of the macaron. It seems they even hold up during obnoxious heatwave weeks.
We took away our macarons from the aptly named Macaron Cafe. Much as I love the place, it's really tiny. There's enough seating for one party (maximum three people), and that area was already occupied with some girls taking tea. Need I mention this place has tea from Mariage Freres? That alone makes it worth a visit.
Though they have plenty of other items to offer: sandwiches, salads, croissants, crepes (heaven), which I'm sure helps in a Midtown location, there's really one reason I'd take the walk to the Garment District in 90 degree weather. There are enough varieties of macarons to give anyone pause. They are set out in a clear display showing them in all their bright colors. I was reminded of the bath bombs at Lush, though the bath bombs only look good enough to eat. Anyway, just as in the case of Lush products, you want to try them all. Bonnie and I got three each this time (her treat - thanks again!). I chose the Violette, Orange, and Pistachio this time. My favorites tend to be the flowery flavors. Still, I haven't met a flavor I didn't like.
We took them to go, along with iced apple cinnamon green tea. The tea tasted just like apple sauce with cinnamon sprinkled in, which sounds autumnal but was still refreshing out in the swelter. On Broadway the City has seen fit to put outdoor seating where traffic used to be. As a non-driver, I have no complaints about this. It was the perfect place for an evening treat. It also goes to show there are infinite places to take tea in New York. Iced tea helps, when it's blazing out. I think I mentioned it's been hot out?