I have wanted to make a visit to Laduree for sometime now. A few weeks ago, I finally had the opportunity to visit this beautiful establishment.
Laduree is a Parisian tea salon that began as a bakery in 1862 on the Rue Royale, Paris France and has expanded its locations which now include New York City. One on Madison Avenue and the other one at 396 West Broadway, New York which is the one I visited.
It is a macaroon shop with a full-service restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. This "tea salon" is gorgeous.
From looking at its entrance, the place does not say much at all. It is only when you step inside and pass the retail area that you begin to feel like your are in a very special place. The first room is a bit dark. Decorated in deep shades of blue, pale green walls and darker lighting. My favorite area is what I refer to as the grand room or the "Pompadour Salon". It is brighter, very elegant and exactly what the the Parisian experience should be. A place that invites comfortable conversation, elegance and good manners.
The "tea salon" is decorated with heavy framed paintings, ornate mirrors, crystal chandeliers, silk curtains and velvet furniture. There are a lot of architectural details in this pretty space.
Our visit began with a light lunch. I ordered the Salade Cesar au Poulet (Chicken fillet) with a side salad and my husband ordered the Club Laduree. To be honest, we were both disappointed with our dishes. They both lacked flavor. But we were there for the experience so we made the best of it.
The pastries however were another story. The options are amazing and they are as delicious as they look. The hot chocolate was creamy with lots of intense flavor. Incredibly decadent.
But the macaroons are the star of the show and so many to choose from. As I was told, the macaroons are imported from Paris everyday.
This is the open garden area in which you can enjoy the tea experience also. It is a very pretty space during the warmer months.
I will definitely go back to this lovely tea salon. But it will be for afternoon tea and sweet treats which is the better choice in my opinion.
Thank you for visiting friends.
Have a great week.