Francois Payard Bakery

Francois Payard Bakery

Bakery and Dessert Shop$$$$
Greenwich Village, New York
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  • The experts at Time Out New York and Serious Eats recommend this place
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  • Brianne S.
    "Follow up with a raspberry macaron for a perfectly Parisian lunch."(48 Tips)
    Karissa D.
    "The macaron ice cream sandwiches are awesome."(13 Tips)
    Lisa C.
    "sure to try the pastries or macaroon ice cream sandwiches"(5 Tips)
    Laila L.
    "Almond croissants is out of this world"(6 Tips)
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  • Brittany G.
    Brittany GoodwynAugust 22, 2014
    The Macaroon Ice Cream was delicious. All they had left was salted caramel, but I will definitely be back next spring for more. The macaroons are also delightful.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 17, 2014
    A pillar in the New York pastry scene, owner François Payard has five in the city offering brunch, lunch/dinner and pastries to-go. Unique macaron flavors include cassis violet and raspberry lychee. Read more
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkMarch 17, 2016
    On Macaron day, the birth of the Macaron doughnut is the gift we all deserve. This beauty will be available at all Payard locations in NYC for only $5. Sun, 3/20. Read more
  • Village V.
    Village VoiceAugust 8, 2012
    Bonjour! This French bakery has everything fancy from small cakes to delicious macarons that even Marie Antoinette would die for. #7 on Tejal Rao's 10 Best Pastry Shops in New York!
  • Lisa C.
    Lisa CarterSeptember 3, 2011
    Best sandwiches I've ever eaten. The bread is outstanding, and the homemade mozzarella is absolutely perfect. Be sure to try the pastries or macaroon ice cream sandwiches, which are to die for.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 19, 2013
    Passionfruit macarons are a standout, where the gentle, sunny yellow cookie shells are speckled in brown and filled with an easy-to-love ganache.
  • Brian S.
    Brian SAugust 24, 2013
    Fantastic place. Dropped my orange blossom brioche on the floor of course. Total tourist. The very nice woman behind the counter gave me a fresh one. It's quite good.
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengMarch 23, 2016
    They have some of the best macarons in the city, which is not surprising because this is where NYC's Macaron Day originated.
  • Spoon University
    So Francois Payard Bakery figured they would use what they know best by filling light and flaky macarons with ice cream and sorbet to make delicious ice cream sammies. Read more
  • isawgirl
    isawgirlOctober 9, 2014
    Well, it's Payard, so the desserts are always impeccable. I just didn't feel the grandeur in this shop though. It needs a little redesigning. But of course, still love the desserts.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesMarch 21, 2016
    One of the best places for macarons in all of NYC. The FPB shops are probably the most famous set of places for macarons in the city.
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityDecember 3, 2010
    On the menu at this pastry maven’s rustic West Houston bakery? Everything from orange blossom donuts and cinnamon buns to Niçoise salads, croquet monsieurs, soups, and quiches. Go hungry.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattySeptember 17, 2015
    World famous bread and pastries that do live up to their reputation. Bread "happy hour" after 5p weekdays is also a good deal.
  • Jess L.
    Jess LauJuly 31, 2011
    You must try the pistachio gelato sandwich with a raspberry filling. Its become everyones favorite next to the strawberry cheesecake gelato sandwich.
  • Elle F.
    Elle F.September 16, 2016
    Francois Payard Bakery. Good Selection of Baked Goods, Desserts, Macarons. Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches Available during the Summer.
  • CREATETHE GROUP
    CREATETHE GROUPNovember 22, 2011
    Breakfast sandwich and chicken sandwich are my lunch go-to's. They also have one of the best macarons in the city. -Erica C
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesMarch 21, 2016
    Macaron Day 2016 participant: their free macaron was Strawberries & Cream. One of the best I sampled.
  • Jxn M.
    Jxn MwnSeptember 12, 2013
    Seriously some of the best macarons in the city. Go in the morning and grab a couple samples and a coffee.
  • G W.
    G WongMarch 22, 2012
    I've never had hot chocolate more rich, dark and pure than this one, get the small cup, believe me, it will fill you up quick.
  • David B.
    David BlackmanApril 23, 2013
    The chocolate croissants are perfect. They're like a Proust Madeline with the power to transport the eater to Europe.
  • K
    KJanuary 6, 2016
    Cozy spot to relax with a salad & soup and don't forget the macarons on the way out.
  • Bullfrog & Baum
    Bullfrog & BaumAugust 27, 2012
    Aside from the signature macaroons, the chocolate almond croissant almost sounds—and tastes—too good to be true.
  • Suki S.
    Suki SooOctober 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    They used to have mega macaroons for 4 bucks. Now only the small one,but still delicious! vanilla bean is the rock star!!
  • Jaime
    JaimeAugust 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is a few blocks out of the way on my way to work, but the brioche with orange blossom and almond is so worth it!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 16, 2013
    Great pastries here, mostly French but with some fun twists.
  • Esther L.
    Esther LeibelNovember 20, 2011
    They serve delicious sweets and savory snacks, and they also have one of the cleanest restrooms in the neighborhood!
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesMarch 21, 2016
    Innovator of the Macaron Doughnut, specially made for Macaron Day 2016.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesMarch 20, 2015
    Passion Fruit Macaron is delicious. Good treat for Free Macaron Day.
  • Azhar N.
    Azhar NasefOctober 17, 2013
    Service: I give 10/10 ! Enjoyed the latte and the atmosphere. Try the macaroons!
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HogueAugust 24, 2012
    Breakfast sandwich (applewood bacon, eggs, tartar sauce) is solid, if a little on the salty side.
  • Paul K.
    Paul KardousAugust 12, 2014
    The Macaron Ice Cream sandwich is good, but make sure you let it warm up a bit to enjoy the flavors.
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 23, 2013
    Freshly baked croissants, macarons, and sandwiches are made at this French Bakery.
  • katherine c.
    katherine chenJuly 24, 2013
    The french macarons are decent and the shells are well made. The macaron ice cream sandwiches not worth the hype- ice cream inside good, cookie outside not so good.
  • Karthik N.
    Karthik Naidu D.J.February 18, 2012
    The croissants are out of the world here !!! Warm them up and they just melt in your mouth.
  • Seth B.
    Seth BannonApril 6, 2013
    Almond croissant. Just do it. (This is where La Colombe gets all their treats)
  • David B.
    David BlackmanAugust 12, 2014
    Chocolate croissants are divine. Macaroon ice cream sandwiches are great.
  • Glenn D.
    Glenn DMarch 12, 2012
    Try the croque monsieur - Crunchy & the shredded cheese on top is a real kicker.
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaAugust 9, 2015
    Get a chocolate eclair and a vanilla one to balance each other out. You'll be three times as happy
  • Denis H.
    Denis HurleyJuly 30, 2013
    They have delicious pretzel rolls for $1 and multigrain rolls for 50 cents.
  • V P.
    V PurdyNovember 30, 2010
    The chicken sandwich is delicious & the chocolate eclair is sooo delicious. The turkey is also great!
  • Thomas M.
    Thomas MoAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Ice cream macarons here are fairly unique, but most of the pastries are good.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GoiteinApril 30, 2011
    Get the caramel eclair if they have it; otherwise, the fruit mousses are amazing.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMarch 4, 2011
    Get the rich and creamy dreamy hot chocolate.
  • Fiona
    FionaMarch 19, 2013
    Try their raspberry lychee macaroons. They even offer kosher food items! Neat store but a bit overpriced.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FaureApril 3, 2012
    try the chocolate matzoh. pastries far better than the bread
  • Frank R.
    Frank RimalovskiJune 6, 2012
    If you are into French bakeries this is your place. Not my preference, but coffee is pretty damn good. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanAugust 15, 2014
    Salted caramel macaroon ice cream sandwich.
  • Esther L.
    Esther LeibelJanuary 21, 2016
    Multigrain baguette and sweets are delish!
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesMarch 19, 2015
    #FreeMacaronDayNYC Participant. Opens 7am Monday-Saturday. Grab a macaron before work.
  • Patricia B.
    Patricia BradbyAugust 9, 2011
    The Le Cuban is great. The baguette they use makes all the difference.
  • Leah K.
    Leah KozakNovember 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the chocolate bread. There are small and large loaves. A M A Z I N G.
  • Adam F.
    Adam FaliveneSeptember 3, 2011
    Try the chocolate and almond treat...great espresso too!
  • Suresh
    SureshApril 20, 2012
    Amazing macarons, try the lemon ones.
  • Eddie Q.
    Eddie QuilesMarch 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Decided to get the Chateau Basque as well. Luckily I'm a hell of a long way from obesity.
  • Brianne S.
    Brianne SperberDecember 14, 2010
    Their roastbeef... there are no words. Follow up with a raspberry macaron for a perfectly Parisian lunch.
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PereraNovember 4, 2013
    Quiche Lorraine was nicely composed, just too salty to enjoy without a beer. Better luck next time?
  • M_Alexa
    M_AlexaNovember 19, 2011
    Quiche lorraine is ridiculously good! Worth every penny and then some :9
  • eugene h.
    eugene hernandezMarch 24, 2012
    Really tasty hot chocolate! Very chocolatey!
  • Helena W.
    Helena WongJuly 13, 2013
    Craving something savory? Try the ham cheese croissant..light airy crispy wowsers!
  • Emily K.
    Emily K.January 26, 2012
    their Macaroon Pyramid is a great hostess gift
  • Summer B.
    Summer BedardNovember 14, 2011
    New on the block this year. Good spot for a quick decadent breakfast. I like the sugar brioche.
  • Anna F.
    Anna FrenkelJune 24, 2013
    Macaron ice cream sandwiches EXIST!
  • Jen S.
    Jen ShinAugust 29, 2015
    macaron ice cream sandwich!!
  • Alexandra W.
    Alexandra WoodMay 7, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Excellent salade nicoise. Macarons are a little too sweet.
  • Nicole H.
    Nicole HeringAugust 26, 2011
    Eat anything with chocolate in it. I mean it.
  • Neil S.
    Neil SanchalaNovember 1, 2013
    The macaron ice cream sandwiches are summer-only. :(
  • Jacques D.
    Jacques DupouxJune 30, 2013
    they have several locations in the city
  • Jim H.
    Jim HornsteinApril 22, 2012
    Good espresso..loved sharing the Roulle Chocolate with my 7 year old...
  • Laila L.
    Laila LambFebruary 26, 2013
    Almond croissants is out of this world
  • Karissa D.
    Karissa DurlerJuly 14, 2015
    The macaron ice cream sandwiches are awesome.
  • Rafael N. C.
    Rafael N. CollazoDecember 18, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Great Service By A Cute Looking Amanda :)
  • Kirsten A.
    Kirsten AlanaAugust 22, 2014
    Macaron ice cream sandwiches. Get one!
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamirezFebruary 3, 2016
    The macaroons is my favorite 😁😁❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • Teresa
    TeresaJune 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They serve good passion fruit macarons!
  • Carlee M.
    Carlee M.February 17, 2014
    Try the almond croissant- delish!
  • naveen
    naveenJune 18, 2016
    pistachio raspberry macaron ice cream sandwich
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesMarch 21, 2016
    A staple for Macaron Day every year.
  • Jamie B.
    Jamie BachmanNovember 15, 2014
    Coffee macarons are amazing!
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateMarch 20, 2016
    🍓and creme macs
  • Ritch
    RitchSeptember 29, 2014
    Croissants are delicious !
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJanuary 30, 2015
    Macaron ice cream was delightful
  • Linda T.
    Linda TawilDecember 10, 2013
    Salted Carmel macaroon is heaven 👌
  • Aridny R.
    Aridny RosarioJuly 21, 2011
    Best Croque Monsieur!!!! And delicious pastries!!
  • Camille K.
    Camille KimAugust 19, 2014
    almond croissant is where it's at.
  • Laila L.
    Laila LambOctober 21, 2011
    The raspberry macarons r amazing
  • Linda
    LindaJuly 31, 2011
    Pistachio raspberry macaron ice cream sandwich....love of my life.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Marc Murphy, chef of Benchmarc, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Bourbon macaron. Read more
  • Aaryn G.
    Aaryn GoldbaumJanuary 28, 2013
    Lemon tart is heavenly!
  • André A.
    André AraujoApril 18, 2011
    Coffee macaron cake: the bridge between two trends.
  • Ruthy G.
    Ruthy GNovember 30, 2011
    Veggie quiche is delish! Get it heated :)
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Payard as seen on Throwdown with Bobby Flay Read more
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer Le VanSeptember 19, 2011
    Chocolate croissant is so delicious :)
  • Erin C.
    Erin CallihanOctober 7, 2011
    Pair your coffee with a chocolate croissant :)
  • Glenn D.
    Glenn DMarch 12, 2012
    Try the croque monsieur
  • Mollie P.
    Mollie PartesottiApril 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Turkey sandwich on pretzel bread is thebomb.com
  • Karan T.
    Karan TamhaneJanuary 4, 2016
    The Opera is totally awesome!
  • jonny t.
    jonny twotipsJuly 15, 2014
    Delicious macarons
  • Chris G.
    Chris GorgesApril 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The breakfast sandwich is awesome.
  • Victoria M.
    Victoria McNallyJune 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The "opera" is amazing!
  • Carine O.
    Carine OuldJune 30, 2013
    The croissant is really disappointing!!!!!
  • Eduardo D.
    Eduardo Da SilvaJuly 23, 2016
    El sándwich de macaron helado Deli
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