From Instagram pictures to blog posts and magazine articles, Ladurée seems to be crowned as the ultimate mecca for macaron lovers. Admittedly, I have enviously poured over thousands of comments from Instagram users deeming their macarons to be "the best" and the store "the ultimate Parisian experience". Since they only have three locations in the United States– two in NYC and one in Miami– I have had to wait patiently on the sidelines and wait for my day to come…
Well, I'm pleased to say that the day finally came when I went to NYC for Spring Break. Actually, when I knew for certain I'd be going to the city for break, I somewhat insisted Ladurée be at the top of our list of things to do. Thankfully, Montana was more than willing to oblige– and boy was it worth the year(s) of waiting!
After visiting the Madison Avenue store our first day in the city, we walked a few blocks to the steps of the MET and indulged in our delicious vanilla, rose, mint, and raspberry macarons.
With just one bite, you really can tell Ladurée is a cut above the rest.
When we found ourselves in Soho the next day, we both jumped at the chance to visit the newly opened Ladurée Tea Salon. I seriously didn't think my Ladurée experience could get any better, but I was so wrong. The inside of building is like heaven itself and was enough to make any girl's heart flutter. From the iconic celadon awnings, to the elegant table settings, and delicate display of pastries, it was like stepping into Paris for the afternoon.
We both ordered the regal Marie Antoinette tea, yet we each picked a different treat. Montana ordered the beautiful Isaphan, essentially a rose macaron "sandwich" with rose petal and lychee cream in the middle and embellished with fresh raspberries. I ordered the Rose & Raspberry Saint-Honore, and when I say that it was the best desert I ever ate, I mean it. Seriously. A choux pastry (profiterole) filled with rose crème and topped with rose fondant, crème Chantilly (whip cream), and fresh raspberries, it was soft, decadent, and with perfect level of sweetness.
It was perfection.