I will be in and around NYC for several days in late September, but I'll only have one free day to explore (the 27th). My main interest is bakeries. Specifically, I'm interested in pastry, cookies, cakes, bread, donuts, bagels, and macarons. I can skip super-fancy cake shops specializing in glamorous-looking cakes with gelatin stabilized fillings. I live in the Bay Area and my favorite bakery is Tartine (how unoriginal, I know). I like Craftsmen and Wolves, but less so and find it a bit too precious. So I've done some preliminary research and have come up with the following. Any suggested additions or deletions would be most welcome! I'll also probably stick to Manhattan.
Dominique Ansel (not for cronuts ... no time to wait in line)
For macarons, I know there's a Ladurée but I've had their goods in London and Paris, so am keen to try something local. Looking on Yelp, I see Bisous Ciao, Takahachi Bakery, La Maison du Macaron ... any thoughts?