Slideshow: Ask the Pastry Chef: What to Eat at François Payard Bakery and FP Pâtisserie

Macarons
Macarons
"If you've never been to any of the locations, you have to try the macarons. You can't go wrong with any of the flavors, but if you're trying it for the first time, I would get the dark chocolate and salted caramel." (Available at FP Pâtisserie and FPB)
Pain Au Chocolat
Pain Au Chocolat
"Pain Au Chocolat is one of my favorite things to eat because it's classic, simple and something I can eat any time of the day." (Available at FP Pâtisserie and FPB)
The Louvre
The Louvre
The Louvre is one of Payard's most popular cakes, made with a center of chocolate and hazelnut mousse and a crunchy hazelnut wafer. For good measure, the cake is enrobed in a dark chocolate glaze. "It's the perfect little indulgence," says Payard. (Available at FP Pâtisserie)
Chocolate Collection
Chocolate Collection
Payard offers two chocolate collections, one for FPB and one for FP Pâtisserie. The Pâtisserie's collection features rich 66% Grand Cru Caraibe with fillings like fresh ginger or jasmine tea.

"I love to have a chocolate before I go to bed," says Payard. "A simple dark chocolate is really all I need so you must try the chocolate collection."

Chef François Payard
Chef François Payard
A third generation pastry chef, Payard is known for creating exquisite French pastries, from pain au chocolat to elaborate cakes and macarons.