Compared to Francois Payard, Laduree sure has an advantage in terms of location and popularity. Not just bigger, Laduree has a beautifully designed, almost Marie-Antoinette interior that appeals to our love of anything royal. The display cases are filled with gorgeous pastries, ranging from berry entremet to an assortment of macarons. Remember to bring your glasses, ’cause these pastries are d-a-z-z-l-i-n-g !
Look at that perfecttt berry glaze and elegant use of berries on these entremets, wow,… just wow
The macaron display case can be your lover and your enemy. I came into the shop thinking I’ll buy only one, and ended up struggling to stop myself from ordering a box of 12 (as most people did). In the end, I decided on three flavors: lemon, raspberry, and dark chocolate.
My friends prefer their macarons to Francois Payard’s saying it has a more interesting kick of flavor. I gotta admit their lemon macaron was exceptional, with a very fresh, citrus-y lemon taste which balances off the natural cloying sweetness of macaron. Dark chocolate was also a favorite, with a smooth, slightly bitter, and velvety chocolate ganache filling. Compared to the other two, Laduree’s raspberry macaron just felt a bit short, both of flavor and excitement.
However, I personally prefer F.P’s flaky, chewy macaron shells to Laduree’s flatter and softer ones. On the other hand, Laduree offers a more diverse and interesting selection of flavors and had relatively better fillings. I don’t have enough experience with macaron, both in eating and baking, to say for sure which one had the better texture, but overall, both were good in their own ways and worthy of a second visit.
398 W Broadway St
New York, NY 10012