FP Pâtisserie – Upper East Side, Manhattan – May 21, 2016
Sadly, this amazing pâtisserie has closed.
I was craving amazing French pastry this weekend. So, without hesitation, I made my way to François Payard’s (pronounced Frahn-swah Pie-yard’s) chic FP Pâtisserie (pronounced pah-tis-ser-ree, meaning pastry shop) on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. I chose FP Pâtisserie because they have been making limited amounts of macaron (pronounced mah-cah-rohn, the French type of macaroon made using almond flour) donuts on select weekends, and I was excited to try one.
While the pastries are expensive, they are worth every penny. Payard uses the highest quality ingredients. Each flavor and texture is intentionally planned to provide you with a decadent experience.
My husband and I shared a s’mores flavored macaron donut and a beaux arts (pronounced boh art, meaning beautiful art) pastry. The macaron donut had chocolate macaron shells filled with chocolate and marshmallow cream and topped with rainbow sprinkles. The beaux arts pastry had cassis (black currant liqueur) mousse with passion fruit crémieux (pronounced crehm-yoo, a light cream), raspberry coulis (pronounced coo-lee, a thick sauce made from a puree), on a sablé breton (pronounced sah-bleh breh-tohn, “Sablé Breton is a French shortbread-like cookie originated from the Brittany region.” http://yummyworkshop.com/2014/12/18/sable-breton/, 2016).
The macaron donut’s shells were slightly chewy. The chocolate filling was the star of this pastry. The rich, deep, dark flavor filled my mouth and lingered in the most pleasant way. This was the most luxurious donut I have ever eaten.
The beaux arts was transcendent. The layer of airy, fruity, and light mousse floated on my tongue. The acidic tang from the passion fruit crémieux paired flawlessly with the sweet raspberry coulis. The sablé breton added a crisp texture and slight butter flavor to the pastry. All of these flavors and textures sang together in marvelous harmony.
FP Pâtisserie is well worth a trip to the Upper East Side to indulge your sweet tooth.
Accessibility Rating for FP Pâtisserie
I used my wheelchair to visit FP Pâtisserie.
- Entryway – 5: The entrance has one wide door. The transition from the sidewalk to the inside is smooth. There are no stairs. I apologize that in my sugar induced excitement I forgot to take a photo of the entrance. I thank Google Maps for the photo.
- Bathroom (Unisex) – 2: Entering and exiting the bathroom was a struggle for me. While I was able to fit inside in my wheelchair, it took multiple maneuvers to be able to close and open the door. The toilet has two grab bars around it. The brightly lit bathroom is cramped and tight. This is due to having a tall garbage can and a hand dryer (at a lower height for wheelchair and scooter users) in the already small space. The toilet paper is also at a lower height for wheelchair and scooter users. While this lower height is great in terms of allowing wheelchair/scooter users to easily reach it, having the hand dryer directly in front of the toilet took away almost one foot of space, making 180º turns without bumping into the dryer, toilet, and garbage can impossible. In trying to solve one accessibility issue, they created another one. I was able to fit underneath the sink in my wheelchair. The sink has a high faucet and standard length handles. The difficulty in entering, turning inside, and exiting the bathroom resulted in this low score.
- Walkways/Space – 4: The café is brightly lit and spacious, and most of the furniture is easily moved to accommodate anyone’s needs (with the exception of the banquettes in the rear dining room). The main aisle is wide with the exception of the corner of the bar near the cashier when someone is sitting there. The cashier’s counter is at table height making it easy for wheelchair and scooter users to reach. I was able to fit underneath the small central pedestal table with my footrests raised. The space is brightly lit. There was light background music playing at the time we dined there.
Video Description: Interior of FP Patisserie on May 21, 2016 showing a few small, round, central pedestal tables along the front left wall with shelving behind. On the shelves are books, candles, and other goods for sale. In the rear left, there is a bar with espresso machines behind it and tall stools around it. In the rear, there is a dining room with larger tables. Along the rear right wall are some more small tables and then along the front right is the cash register and the pastry case.
- Staff – 4: A staff member brought our pastries, which I ordered at the counter, to our table. Another staff member attempted to help me close the bathroom door when they found me struggling inside.
- Braille Menus: They do not have Braille menus.