Ladurée, which originated in Paris in 1862 as a tea shop, is the creator of French macaroons which are sandwiched together with filling (usually cream). Yum!
Pierre Desfontaines, a cousin of Louis Ernest Ladurée of the founding family, came up with the idea of macaroons. Since 1997, under new owners, Ladurée has been expanding, first in several locations within Paris, then to other cities, starting with London in 2005, and now New York.
Laduree sells small size macaroons. They also bake a larger size but it will not be sold in Manhattan. Ice cream and sorbet are also on the menu. The ice cream and sorbet are topped with a macaroon. Everything in the shop is imported from Paris.
My sister walked by Laduree the other day and took the pics below. In one of the pics you can see people lining up to get into the shop. It must be delicious. Can't wait to go! Imagine a shop just specializing in macaroons!
|Lining up to get in.|
|The shop is decorated in pastels.|
|How pretty is this macaroon tree?|
Watch this cute scene from Laduree.
Ladurée, 864 Madison Avenue (71st Street), (646) 558-3157, opens Monday to Friday 9 a.m.; Saturday at 9:30 a.m., closes at 6 p.m. every day except Sunday. Macarons in 14 flavors are $2.70 each. Ice cream and sorbet (six flavors of each) garnished with a macaron is $8.50 a serving. Chocolates start at $10 for a box of four pieces.