Ooh la la, the sweet little macaron! For centuries, this French confection has delighted our palette with its creamy ganache filling and delighted our eyes as well with its rainbow of pastel beauty. In 1862, the Parisian house of Ladureé redesigned the macaron into a chic pastry sandwich by putting the creamy ganache between two macaron shells. Voilà, the birth of the macaron as we know it today.
Ladureé has always been renowned in Europe as the finest maker of macarons. Now we have the pleasure of tasting their macarons without having to book a flight to Paris. In August, Ladureé expanded into the United States market and opened its first shop in New York City. The shop is a careful reflection of their signature frou frou pastels and sells not only delectable macarons, but also luscious candles and soaps that epitomize French girly glamour. Pistachio, rose, lavender, and chocolate, whatever your heart desires, you will find it at Ladureé.
Ladurée, 864 Madison Avenue (71st Street), (646) 558-3157, open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6.
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