What’s better than the first day of spring in NYC? Macarons. Duh!

On Friday, March 20, those colorful and creamy French pastries will be given out for FREE at participating locations during NYC’s 6th annual Macaron Day.

NYC’s first ever Macaron day was in 2010 and was dreamed up by Francois Payard, the chef and owner of FP Patisserie, Francois Payard Bakery and Payard Patisserie & Bistro. It was inspired by and now coincides with Paris’ Jour du Macaron in Paris, where the pastry is also honored.

Each participating bakery will be giving out one macaron per customer. If you decide one of these mouthwatering pastries just isn’t enough, and you’re feeling good - many of these bakeries are donating a portion of their macaron sales to the non-profit organization, City Harvest, a food rescue organization in NYC.

Here are the participating bakeries:

Bisous, Ciao. Macarons: 101 Stanton St. 212-260-3463 and 235 Bleeker St., 212-675-6366

Bouchon Bakery: Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor, 212-823-9366 and Rockefeller Center, One Rockefeller Plaza, 212-782-3890

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Chantilly Patisserie, 135 Parkway Rd., Bronxville, 914-771-9400

Éclair Bakery, 305 E. 53rd St., 212-759-2253

Epicerie Boulud, 1900 Broadway, 212-595-9606 and at the Plaza Food Hall, 1 W. 59th St., 212-794-2825

Francois Payard Bakery, 210 Murray St. and 212-566-8300 And 116 West Houston St., 212-995-0888 and 1775 Broadway, 212-956-1775

FP Patisserie, At the Plaza Food Hall, 1 W. 59th St., 212-759-1600 and 1293 Third Ave at 74th St., 212-717-5252

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Macaron Café, 161 West 36th St., 212-564-3525 and 625 Madison Ave., 212-486-2470 and 750 Third Ave., 212-983-2370 and 303 Greenwich St., 212-343 2570

Macaron Parlour, 111 St. Marks Place, 347-387-9169 and 560 Columbus Ave
212-799-9169

Mad-Mac “The Authentic French Macarons” at Bernardaud, 499 Park Ave., 973-225-0930

Mille-Feuille Bakery, 552 Laguardia Pl., 646-626-6472 and 2175 Broadway, 212-362-6261

Spot Dessert Bar/Shoppe, 5 St. Marks Pl., 212-673 6745

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Sugar and Plumm, 377 Amsterdam Ave., 212-787-8778 and 767 Fifth Avenue (at FAO Schwarz), 212-644 9400 and 257 Bleecker St., 212-388-5757

Todd English Food Hall at the Plaza, 1 W. 59th St., 212-986 9260

Woops!, 548 Driggs Ave., Williamsburg, 718-384-4410 and the Port Authority, 625 8th Ave., 888-599-1255 and 87 Prince St. and 379 3rd Ave., 888-599-1255                  

Dana’s Bakery, 52 Gansevoort St, 212-242-1701(Note: Dana's is giving to a different charity, Bliss' Bliss Day of Happiness.)

 

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