The first thing to greet you at Payard is his unbelievable cakes.
When you arrive at Payard, you have 4 choices. You can buy desserts, bread, ice cream, coffee/tea and chocolates to go; you can eat sandwiches and desserts in the cafe; you can eat in the restaurant which has a more elaborate selection of appetizers and entrees in addition to the incredible desserts; or you can order from any of the menus at the bar.
Of course, the iced tea is excellent. Iced tea refills are provided in the restaurant and at the bar.
The breads, donuts and sweet rolls are top-notch.
Of course, the pastries are world-class.
These would have been good enough for Marie Antoinette!
These are seved at tea time with minature sandwiches and scones.
The chocolates are exceptional: Top 4 as far as I am concerned. The other top 3 are La Maison du Chocolat, Martine's Chocolates and Teuscher. My favorites are Monet (milk chocolate and cinnamon ganache covered in dark chocolate), Bonnard (milk chocolate ganache and caramel covered in dark chocolate), and Picasso (dark chocolate ganache infused with earl grey tea).
These bite sized cakes are delicious and addictive. The pistachio/chocolate ones on the far right are not to be missed!
Macarons: As good as, if not better than you can get in Paris. My favorites are the pistachio, lemon/coconut, and passion fruit. My sons love the chocolate, coffee, and cassisse. There is a flavor for everyone; other flavors include raspberry and rose petal. An assortment makes a great gift!
Not only are the desserts perfection, but the food is truly impressive!
out of 3 glasses of iced tea
1032 Lexington Avenue, between 73rd and 74th Streets
I've also eaten at Payard's Las Vegas outpost and it is superfabulous as well, with iced tea refills and a slightly different menu.
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