Itzy Bitzy Patisserie for MONTHS now. There was the wanting to do delivery, but knowing I didn't need two dozen macarons. Then I was going to go to the Brooklyn Flea and pick some up, but I always needed my Sundays for other things. It appeared I would NEVER get to eat what some are calling the best macarons around. I would have to wait until Mitzy Budiono and I were both at the Brooklyn Flea, or maybe a chance passing at Serious Eats HQ, but alas there were other plans in store for me!!
During lunch yesterday, I needed a little sweet something, but not overwhelming or too filling. I choose to brave the cold and head over to Tafu for some more Wabi-Sabi cupcakes, mini subtly-flavored cupcakes sans cloying frosting. Little did I know that they had expanded their sweets options!!!
Me: "Oh look, you got macarons. How long have you had them?"
Counterman: "Just three days. Since Monday."
Me: "OH! Where do they come from?"
Counterman: "Um, New Jersey, Itzy Bitzy..."
Me: "Itzy Bitzy!!"
Counterman: "You know it?"
Me: "I'll take one of each."
They are also selling a special macaron made for Tafu, Hojicha. Unfortunately, they had sold out! I saved my box of macarons, following the very specific instructions.
And I was not disappointed. The crispy and smooth outer layer crumbles under the smallest amount of pressure into the chewy almond meringue inside. Between the two cookies is a generous helping of creamy filling. Each one was amazingly flavorful and tasted exactly how it should i.e. you're not going to think "is this matcha or pistachio?", yet it's not overwhelming or too powerful. I was left wanting one more bite, and there will definitely be more bites of Mitzy's macarons. These may just be the best macarons I've ever had. Of the flavors I tried, vanilla and pistachio were my favorites, while the matcha came in last place (sometimes you feel like matcha, sometimes you don't.) It does make me sad that Brownie can never eat these little pieces of heaven, nut allergy and all.
Itzy Bitzy's macarons are $2.50 each, both delivery and in Tafu.
Itzy Bitzy Patisserie
Delivery of two dozen or more macarons, Saturdays only, up to 100th Street in Manhattan. More instructions on the website here.
Tafu New York
569 Lexington Avenue (on the side of the Doubletree Hotel)