Thomas Keller is one of the big wigs of the restaurant industry. He’s won multiple James Beard Foundation awards, been awarded Michelin stars for his restaurants Per Se and the French Laundry, and has made top lists in numerous publications like TIME and Food & Wine. And you know how I found out about his Bouchon Bakery? Some random list about the best chocolate chip cookies in the city.
The original Bouchon Bakery in NYC is the one in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. I, however, went to the one in Rockefeller Plaza (after eating dinner at a place with a much different vibe–Xi’an Famous Foods). The bakery sells items that are “Keller’s unique twist on traditional French boulangerie fare.” The means that if you want something more substantial you can order charcuterie and cheese, hors d’Oeuvres, soups, salads, and sandwiches.
As I mentioned before, I was here for the chocolate chunk cookie, so I went straight to the bakery items. I know everyone has a chocolate chip cookie preference, whether gooey or crunchy or with chocolate chips or with chocolate chunks, so I’ll try to describe Bouchon’s as best I can. The cookies here are large, thin, and buttery, with a crisp border and softer middle with little squares of chocolate throughout. Sound like your type of cookie? Then come on down, grab a cookie, and enjoy the sights of the always bustling Rockefeller Plaza.
It was many months later when I tried my next treat from Bouchon Bakery–the macarons. I had some friends visiting the city who wanted to know where they could get dessert after their tour of Radio City Music Hall, so I directed them to Bouchon. As a thanks, they bought me a box of six assorted macarons. So sweet, right? The flavors in the prepackaged (quite pretty) box were strawberry, chocolate, pistachio, lemon, vanilla, and salted caramel.
The lemon and the salted caramel were my favorites, but all of them were tasty and especially lovely to have at my cubicle so I could treat myself to one each work day. Okay, okay, I confess. I ate more than just one a day…I couldn’t resist those cute, colorful little things! If you get the smaller size macarons, like the ones in my box, they cost $2.50 each. Bouchon also sells bigger macarons, basically the size of the palm of your hand, for $3.50 each.
Two notable baked goods that I have not tried but that you can find at Bouchon Bakery are the Better Nutters, a peanut butter sandwich cookie, and the TKO, or Thomas Keller’s interpretation of an Oreo. Let me know if I should go back and get some?
1 Rockefeller Plz
New York, NY 10111