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Francois Payard

French Restaurant

Francois Payard24
pastry • cookies • macaroons • upper east side

1293 3rd Ave
New York City, NY 10021, US
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  • Photo of Paula Cohen
    3 years ago
    The best Macarons!
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    3 years ago
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  • Photo of Rosemarie H
    2 years ago
    This is an authentic French patisserie with a large selection of Gluten free items to choose from. I enjoyed three annexing Flourless Chocolate Cake, took 20 macaroons and gluten free cookies to go for a colleague. The shop is very clean and well appointed with lovely decor, romantic with wonderful service.
  • Photo of Mjsomaha
    2 years ago
    The salted caramel macaroons are simply the very best I've ever had. The staff was very accommodating and were happy to answer our questions. Charming little retreat in the Village.
  • Photo of Emanuele C
    2 years ago
    A huge variety of pastries, don't let any diet constraint prevent your access to delight. Whatever you will taste won't let you down.
  • Photo of jmktorrence
    2 years ago
    We stopped in for a late breakfast Sat 4/16. The place was not crowded, was very clean. We waited almost five minutes for a server to greet us. We ordered a simple basket of pastries and two ice teas. After a very very long time he brought us our order. After that he never came back until we waved him over for some water and coffee. He was not at all attentive, we had to track him down to request our check. There were only two other tables at the time we were there and neither was very demanding. The pastries, tea and coffee were excellent and I would give them another try.
  • Photo of valfrusa
    2 years ago
    Today was only my second visit to this location, the first one was over a month ago. I have a sweet tooth, and after my first experience I had to go back for more. The pastries are awesome, just sweet enough, fresh, and beautifully crafted. My favorite is "beaux-arts", cassis and passion fruit mousse. "Sacré-Cœur" and the eclair mango-passion fruit are tied for second. The chocolates are very satisfying, the macarons are ok. But above all, the service was superb! If you have the chance( as I had on both visits) to have a young, blond lady, helping you, you'll understand what I mean. She remembered me, asked me what I had preferred after my first buy, and made suggestions that were on point. Truly, she is part of the reason why I'll visit many more times, it is very refreshing to have such a customer service! In all, I cannot say anything wrong with the place, just lovely! Val.
  • Photo of DAVID S
    2 years ago
    Francois Payard's bakery creations are simply wonderful. I have purchased many of his items from his other shop downtown, on Houston Street, and have always found them to be superior to any other patisserie. Since I was on the Upper East Side of Manhattan this day, I decided to go into his store in that location to purchase items. I bought 6 eclairs, 6 macarons, and 8 other pastries. They were all delicious. The reason for 4 instead of 5 stars was because of the service. The girl behind the counter seemed very annoyed at me and my order. She turned to the other girl (who was much nicer) and asked what she had to do. I added 2 more pastries to my original order, and this seemed to annoy her. She was not friendly at all, and when I asked what was inside one item, she really seemed disgusted. This should not happen in such a place, with such wonderful things! Besides-there was no one in the shop at the time. To make matters worse, she seemed more annoyed when I asked for the 6 macarons to be put in a box, not a bag, and when I asked for an extra small shopping bag to carry my items easier she said she had none, and really couldn't give me one. Here I was spending close to $100 and she was refusing to give me an extra bag? I told her (after everything was boxed) that if that was the case, I didn't want anything, she could have it all back. Suddenly, with a gesture of disgust, she pulled out a small bag to give me. Please Monsieur Payard--I love what you offer--but could you have someone more friendly in this shop? I will not come back to this location, but go only to the downtown store.
  • Photo of robcurtross
    2 years ago
    Payard is famous for cookies and this is a very spot to enjoy a sampling on the upper Eastside. Coffee and hot chocolate is also excellent. Service with a smile.
  • Photo of ShinU0007
    2 years ago
    After enjoying The Metropolitan Museum of Art for about five hours, my wife and I were ready for some sugar boost. The place was not far from the museum and I have heard so many good things about this bakery. It was mid afternoon and the bakery was not crowded. We tried four pastries. All of them were good but not amazing nor extraordinary. I have eaten better pastries at other patisseries. Perhaps we should have tried their Macaroons as some other reviewers here rave about. My expectation was set too high, hence disappointment. Just go there and have a nice cup of coffee or tea and a pastry or two. That's the way to go, I believe.
  • Photo of Ettore D
    2 years ago
    Desserts and patisserie are amazing. Prices are on the high side but so worth it! I have not eaten at their restaurant but am curious to try it asap.
  • Photo of Barrett
    2 years ago
    A wonderful little shop that serves delicious quiche. Ordered two quiche to go, along with an almond/chocolate croissant, an orange honey glazed brioche, a blueberry muffin and 2 cappuccinos... all beautifully packaged. Special thanks to Joel for his helpful advice and excellent service!
  • Photo of ciachef09
    3 years ago
    I was very excited to try these maccarons,even though they are very expensive. So I'm picking out the flavors I want. The girl who is helping me informs me I have one more left to choose. I finish up, she seals the box and hands it to the cashier. I pay my 30 $ for 12 cookies and go on my merry way. The next day I'm home in NH, I open the box and to my horror there are only 9 cookies in the box!!! I want cry. I felt like I was robbed :(
  • Photo of K2indy
    3 years ago
    The location I am reviewing is located at 1293 3rd ave (3rd ave & 74th street). This place has good coffee and a wonderful selection of pastries. Great place for an "afternoon treat" if you are on the upper East side. Surprisingly, not crowded. I would definitively recommend.
  • Photo of delphi927
    3 years ago
    Always on the lookout for delicous macarons, I was thrilled when a great Payard deal popped up on Amazon local. The macarons were incredible - some of the best I've ever had, and that includes macarons eaten all over Europe! I would definitely return to Payard for a snack - the cafe is very cute and all the baked goods looked phenomenal!
  • Photo of nick p
    3 years ago
    Amazing macarons and French desserts, hot chocolate is the best in NYC!!! Hands Down!!! Stimulating decor, staff is excellent, Erica is Fantabulous (Fantastic + Fabulous)
  • Photo of doggyDASH
    3 years ago
    Ever since they closed the original location, nothing has been the same. Desserts used to be made fresh and seemed upscale but these small locations remind me of a typical frozen yogurt location with desserts that are obviously not prepared fresh. One of my favorite things to grab on the go were their eclair but now they've been prepared much in advanced, frozen, then thawed either overnight or the same morning. Unfortunately they've lost me as a regular ever since they closed their old location and decided to go with these small shops.
  • Photo of thecocoapod
    3 years ago
    I was so excited to go here for my favorite sandwich - the Croque Monsieur - and I was not disappointed! A side of the best hand-cut French fries I've ever had. Make sure to ask for a side for mayo to be authentically French. I was also anxiously awaiting this dessert - the French macaron ice cream sandwich. In fact, I had gone to another location the previous day and they were out. Pistachio French macaron stuffed with pistachio ice cream and raspberry sorbet. Sinful. Guillaume the manager was especially nice to us and he gave us some French macaron and I purchased a piece of opera cake for later which was to die for. Make sure you go the the location on the upper east side of you may be disappointed. The other locations don't have the ambiance.
  • Photo of SolangeI
    4 years ago
    We stopped in for a french style macaron and a glass of prosecco. It was a super expensive treat, but it was absolutely delicious. Perfect macarons have shiny, slightly domed tops with a crinkled "foot" around the bottom edge. And then, of course, the cookies are paired with a flavored buttercream filling and formed into elegant little sandwiches. The Payard macarons were tops and come in a variety of flavors.
  • Photo of hippo930
    4 years ago
    Had lunch at Payard recently to celebrate a friend's birthday. There is a long showcase on the right side with fabulous pastries. On the left side there is a counter and some tables for a casual lunch. In the back there is a small open room with a decidedly lunchy menu. I had quiche and my friend had a salad with tuna. The service was great, food good, desserts delicious and coffee strong. Very interational clientele and definitely worth a visit.
  • Photo of gvlv77
    4 years ago
    Perfect spot for breakfast. Quiche is terrific. Service was very excellent. Macaroons terrific. The restaurant interior is very cool and worth a photo.
  • Photo of lovetobeinparis
    5 years ago
    We stopped here between the Fritz and Metropolitan and it did not disappoint. The coffee is from La colombe and this certain blend at $4 was on the stronger side. We shared Millefeuille and Éclair seasonal. The éclair was pistachio raspberry and was pretty good. The Millefeulle was a berry one and good enough, but nothing like the fresh made to order one from Jacques genin. The girl at the coffee bar (barista) was friendly, but the manager was stiff.

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