Hello and bonjour, mes amis!
For today’s, “NYC: Places to Be,” post… yes, it is my first NYC: Places to Be, post—don’t judge, I can be trusted… I’m talking: Ladurée!
Have a girlfriend coming in town? Are you traveling to NYC with your Mom, sister, or friend? Not sure where you should go?
Ladurée, located in SoHo at 398 W. Broadway, is my go-to suggestion for any special occasion calling for a sweet treat!
I’ve brought friends here to let them choose a birthday package of Ladurée’s famous macarons, I’ve gone here by myself to choose a package of macarons to gift people with as “thank yous,” and (one of my favorite experiences) I had a full course, tea-laden meal with my sister. If you haven’t heard of Ladurée’s macarons before, please make it a point to try them! They are truly one of life’s simple (semi-pricey, oops) pleasures! And, if you have had their macarons, already know their worth, but have not had their food–I can guarantee you: their eats are on par with their macarons. Meaning, it is all of spectacular quality!
Have I mentioned the atmosphere?
Classy, girly, and regal–their backyard patio will make you and your guests feel like you’ve been transported to Paris, straight onto the Champs-Élysées!
So, when my Canadian blogger-friend @sarahostiguy said she was visiting the city, and asked where we should meet for the first time–Ladurée was my first suggestion!
Our waiter was charming and offered great insight into the menu, as well as detailed suggestions. Are we craving something light and creamy? With chocolate? With fruit? I took his first suggestion (under the category light and creamy) and went with the Millefeuille Vanille. Spoiler alert: it was amazing.
This dessert can best be described as a carmelized puff pastry, featuring vanilla cream. I got a cappuccino to complement it–great decision. The flavors paired really well. Oh and, coffee lovers–rejoice! Ladurée’s coffee is bold!
Luckily, Sarah is okay with sharing and, I can attest to the Harmonie being more than just a pretty face.
I should mention that neither of the desserts we chose were our first choices. Our initial picks were all sold out for the day! However, every time I have come here, I have tried something new, and have had such a great experience each time, I knew there wasn’t any need to be disappointed. We are in good hands!
Within reason, Ladurée just can do no wrong!!
(But I mean like, if you’ve had a bad experience with passion fruit in your past, maybe the passion fruit macaron would be wrong for you, idk.)
Moving on! The Harmonie!
Five stars. (Surprise.)
I told Sarah that I would want to order this for myself next time! Footnote: I love the flavor of pistachio in my desserts. This pistachio macaron-biscuit was balanced perfectly by the tart raspberries on top, and the thin slices of strawberries in between its layers! Ooh la, la! My mouth is literally watering as I type. Sorry.
Not a fan of coffee? You’re in luck. The tea selection at Ladurée is really where it’s at. (By that I mean, there’s a wide selection.) Sarah ordered a Black China tea–also via the helpful suggestions of our amiable waiter–and was very happy!
As I mentioned earlier, one of my very favorite experiences at Ladurée was when my sister and I stopped in for tea + the whole shebang. It was a long time ago, but I still remember the dessert I ordered! The Saint Honoré Rose Framboise! (Pastry featuring raspberries, rose petal cream, and rose water whipped cream!)
You know what, if I do some searching… I might be able to find the pics I took that day.
10 minutes later:
Aha! I knew they’d be in here somewhere!
I really wanted to show you this dessert because it speaks to the high level of quality and attention to detail that is, Ladurée.
Can you see the rain drops they decorated the rose petals with?
This place truly is such a treat! You and your girls won’t forget it! It will be an experience you can look back on fondly, and look forward to again.
Thanks for stopping by my blog, everyone! Now that New York City is home (rather than Dallas) it’s time for me to help guide you here! I hope you’ve enjoyed my first post under this category!