[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

Most people, logically enough, think of macarons when they encounter Macaron Cafe. But don't stop there—Macaron Cafe also turns out made-to-order sandwiches and excellent salads during the day.

The Venezia ($9.75) is the most popular of their six salad options, a colorful plate of thinly sliced bresaola, artichokes, tomatoes, marinated red peppers, and fennel, all on top of an arugula base with a simple olive oil and lemon dressing. It's finished with grated parmesan and pine nuts, a bright balance of flavors and a filling, unconventional salad. That said, I often find myself returning to the simpler, but just as satisfying Fresh Caesar, pictured above ($9). Meaty, fat cubes of bacon, cherry tomatoes, and housemade croutons are piled onto a bed of frisee. There's a halved hard-boiled egg with a dollop of aioli, grated Gruyere over the entire salad, and a pungent roquefort dressing served on the side. Accompanied with a few slices of baguette, it's more than a complete meal—especially when finished an espresso or raspberry macaron.

Macaron Cafe

161 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018 (map)

About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.


Comments can take up to a minute to appear - please be patient!

Previewing your comment: