For those in New York City craving a macaron, today is your day. March 20 marks the fifth annual Macaron Day in New York City, a day where macaron fans can get free macarons from several participating bakeries across the city.
To receive a free macaron, the French cookie made from almond flour, sugar and egg whites, all you have to do is tell participating shops that you’re there for Macaron Day NYC. However, free macarons are limited to one per customer at participating locations.
Macaron Day NYC began in 2010 by François Payard, chef and owner of François Payard Bakery and FP Patisserie in Manhattan, NY. The day was inspired by and falls on the same day every year as the older Jour du Macaron (Macaron Day) in France, which was started by la Maison Pierre Hermé in conjunction with Relais Desserts.
In addition to distributing free macarons to customers, many of the bakeries participating in Macaron Day NYC are donating a portion of macaron proceeds to City Harvest, a food rescue organization that collects excess food from various vendors and distributes them to community food programs in New York City.
If you’re wondering where to find free macarons today, here’s a list of participating bakeries in Macaron Day NYC:
Bisous, Ciao. Macarons 101 Stanton Street, New York, N.Y. 10002 235 Bleecker Street, New York, N.Y. 10012
Bouchon Bakery Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, Third Floor, New York, N.Y. 10019 Rockefeller Center, One Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10020
Butterfield Market 1114 Lexington Ave, New York, N.Y. 10075
Chantilly Patisserie 135 Parkway Road, Bronxville, N.Y. 10708
Eclair Bakery 305 East 53rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10022
Epicerie Boulud 1900 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10023
FP Patisserie 1 W 58th St at the Plaza Hotel, New York, NY 10019 1293 Third Ave at 74th St, New York, N.Y. 10021
Francois Payard Bakery 210 Murray Street, New York, N.Y. 10282 116 West Houston Street, New York, N.Y. 10012 1775 Broadway at 58th St, New York, N.Y. 10019
Macaron Café 161 West 36th Street, New York, N.Y. 10018 625 Madison Ave, New York, N.Y. 10022 750 Third Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017
Macaron Parlour 111 St. Marks Place, New York, N.Y. 10009 560 Columbus Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10024
Mad-Mac 499 Park Avenue at 59th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022
Michael Allen International Confectioner (At Fresh Fanatic Organic Market) 275 Park Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11238
Mille-Feuille Bakery 552 Laguardia Place, New York, N.Y. 10012
Spot Dessert Bar 13 St. Marks Place, New York, N.Y. 10003
Sugar and Plumm 377 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. 10024 257 Bleecker Street, New York, N.Y. 10014