For All Things Afternoon Tea and Other Refined Experiences. New York City and Beyond.



Oh, How Civilized contains ad banners and sometimes uses contextual affiliate links. This means that a small commission may be made if a product is purchased through a link. The commission earned goes toward providing original content for this blog. 

I only write about things and experiences that I genuinely like. Anything gifted is noted with a c/o or courtesy of.


Best of 3: Madeleines

The first time I had a madeleine, it kind of blew my mind. I couldn't believe how good it was. The best madeleines I've had were at Daniel, where was served with the dessert course, so I made sure to visit both Épicerie Boulud (a Daniel establishment), and Dominique Ansel Bakery (Dominique, the former executive pastry chef at Daniel).

#3: The madeleines at Épicerie Boulud are sold in prepackaged cellophane bag that contained two ($3.75). I like my madeleines to be a little crispy around the edges which provides a nice chew with the center being nice and fluffy, otherwise I could just be eating a pound cake. The flavor was nice and buttery with a hint of lemon, but it was missing that crispy edge I was looking for.

LOCATION: Épicerie Boulud | 1900 Broadway at 64th Street | New York, NY 10023 | 212.595.9606

 #2: Dusted lightly with powdered sugar, I made sure to get the ones in the baked goods section instead of the prepackaged individual ones at Bouchon Bakery. I really liked these madeleines ($2.50). Chewy on the outside, with and fluffy on the inside. 

LOCATION: Bouchon Bakery at Time Warner Center | 10 Columbus Circle, Third Floor | New York, NY 10019 | 212.823.9366

LOCATION: Bouchon Bakery at Rockefeller Center | One Rockefeller Plaza| New York, NY 10020 | 212.782.3890

 #1: The best of the three is, hands down, the made to order, freshly baked ones at Dominique Ansel. These mini madeleines are sold in pieces of 10 ($4.25) or 20 ($6.50). After placing an order, I waited about 5 minutes and saw them taken out of the oven and dusted with powdered sugar.

Be warned, wait a couple of minutes unless you want a burned tongue. Also, get there at least 30 minutes before they close to place an order. I learned both the hard way.

LOCATION: Dominique Ansel Bakery | 189 Spring Street between Thompson & Sullivan St. | New York, NY 10012 | 212.219.2773

See also, Best of 3: Scones and Best of 3: Palmiers

Reader Comments (6)

They look absolutely lovely! I have actually never had a Madeleine but if I ever get a chance to try one at a vegan bakery I will.

10.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCeleste

Sigh! I want freshly bakes ones now. I never had them that way out, only when I bake them home. I will check them out. I had my 4 nieces over yesterday for a teaparty at the house. We all had a great time. They dress the part and bring close later to change when they do their "art". We have a stamping session after tea. Such fun.

10.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterWinnie

Hi Celeste, yes, if you get the chance, definitely try one! You'll be hooked!

Hi Winnie, what a great day for your nieces! Sounds like fun was had by all.

these look SO good.!!

10.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRita

positively drooling over here, those look sooo good! next time i'm in nyc, for sure. x

10.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Hi Rita, they were!!

Hi Kate, loading up on madeleines is never, ever a bad idea when visiting New York. Oh, that and Laduree macarons!

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>
« Review: Cha-An Japanese Tea House | Main | Hello Weekend! »