To those who have recently discovered my blog…welcome! I hope you stay a while and are able to try out a recipe or two. If you’re wondering why I have so many bakery reviews it’s because I’m not the biggest fan of yelp. Whenever I wish to read reviews on bakeries I find myself continuously scrolling through people’s comments and half of the time that huge essay that you just spent 20 mins reading to find out how those croissants they ordered tasted just ends up being an essay about how the family couldn’t find an appropriate seat for their uncle cause there was a strange draft coming in. Has this happened to anyone else?! Anyways, these brief reviews are just a recount of my experience to help one decide if it’s worth your while to trek out to a specific destination for a sugar fix.
I have just recently visited Financier, a very traditional french patisserie with locations all throughout NYC. Unfortunately, I had an awful experience here. To begin with I was standing in line, knowing already what I wanted but when an employee walked down the line I happen to have my eyes on the glass display case so instead the employee said to the gentleman BEHIND me, “You look ready sir, I’ll take your order right here.” Okay in all fairness I could see maybe she thought I was still making up my mind because I was looking down but at least have the decency to ask me first! I could see from where I was standing in line that the cashier was giving everyone a free sample of a financier. I remember thinking “Okay, awesome! Now I don’t have to worrying about buying my own financier to taste because she is giving out samples!” But, of course, by the time she took my order she decided not to give me a sample, but don’t worry the woman that followed me got her free sample.
So at this point my drink order and pastry order is placed and the people before me AND after me have gotten their orders but I am still standing there. When I finally get the attention of one of the worker’s I stated what I was waiting for (an ice coffee and a macaroon- probably the simplest order ever, no milk, no sugar, just pour the damn coffee in the cup and put the macaroon in a bag, nothing to be heated or sliced or anything of the sort). I barely got an apology from any of the workers and I just walked out and rushed to my train.
Now I am on the train and I cannot wait to have a bite of this pistachio macaroon. Here I am hoping it will be the best macaroon I’ve ever had after the wait I just went through for it….. But no….no no not at all good. Once the first bite hit my lips all i could taste was food dye. that fake pistachio flavor. and wayyy tooo much cookie, not enough filing. Extremely disappointed with Financier and I would NOT go back.