Your First Look at the New Macaron Cafe
The uptown Macaron Cafe (on 59th btw Park+Mad) finally opened last week and began serving lunch on Monday. I’ve been a fan of Macaron Cafe for a while, especially for their delicious, authentic macarons, but also their lunch fare, so when I heard they were opening up on 59th Street, I was pretty psyched to check it out. For those of you who’ve been to the Fashion District Macaron Cafe (on 36th btw 6th+7th) the space is incredibly similar-small and narrow- but luckily for us, the menu is exactly the same price-wise, and they’re being generous with cookie samples.
Once inside, you’re immediately staring at an expensive espresso machine and rows of perfect macarons-waiting for me to eat them. The imported servers (yes, I caught them speaking fluent rapid-fire French) are friendly, willing to fill the sample plate with damaged macarons even if that means the same two people are eating all the samples. Not a thing is different on the menu, right down to the specials. Sadly they had run out of their Monday special by the time I got there at 12:30pm, but I would have been more upset if it had been a Wednesday when the special is fresh crab with mango and avocado. Careful though, it’s also the winner of the highest priced special award (at $9).
Instead I picked up a Siciliano: bressaola, capers, mozzarella, and tomatoes drizzled with olive oil. At $7.75 the sandwich is not exactly cheap, but it’s as long as my forearm, so it’s hard to complain. There could have been more bressaola-let’s be serious, I can never have enough meat-but what I did have was delicious, nicely spiced, but not too salty. They also use some good quality cheese too, fluffy and fresh.
There’s a little back seating area, and one lone two seat table by the door, for those who can take the time to eat there. They’re also serving a breakfast menu that includes food of the gods (aka Nutella crepes.)
Macaron Cafe 625 Madison Ave, (entrance on 59th btw. Park+Madison)