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[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)
212-564-3525
macaroncafe.com

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.

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