While New York City is grittily full of almost everything one could ever want, there still is a fascination with other countries and what they do well.  And by other countries, I really mean Italy and France.

Which explains the two-hour line to get in to Ladurée the day after it opened on a holiday weekend.

Now, New Yorkers will complain about waiting, but the truth is, we will stand on a long line for anything.  We need to brag about how we have tried the hottest thing – and how it was sooo not worth the effort.

Ladurée is worth a two-hour wait.  Maybe more.  It is a shop originating in France that sells beautiful confections, teas and other items.  What they are world famous for, however, are their macarons.

I’ve recently embraced the macaron trend, which are basically airy sandwich cookies made from egg whites, sugar and almond flour with a creamy, flavored filling.  When they are made well, they are two bites of heaven.

If there is a word more heavenly than heaven, I’m not sure what it is.  But Ladurée’s macarons really do exist at an entirely different level than others I’ve eaten.

But to try them, first, you have to get in.

The shop is simply beautiful, with its pastel green, lavender and purple color scheme that transports you out of the urban jungle.

The windows offer enticing displays of what is to come.

Inside, there are candies, like caramels…

…and fragrant teas…

…. beautifully potted scented candles…

…and fragrance in elegant perfume bottles.

The statue flanking the doorway lets you know that you aren’t in New York anymore.

The decor is so elegant you imagine yourself a Parisian.


…and pastries…

…offer a prelude to the star of the day…

…the delicate, but lusciously delectable macaron.

All are astoundingly good – from classics such as dark chocolate, vanilla bean, and lemon to the more gourmet like rose petal, orange blossom, and coconut.

Green apple – vibrant, tart, and stunning in its bright apple flavor – was surprisingly my favorite.

I can’t wait to go back.  I’ll take a book next time.

Ladurée, 864 Madison Avenue, New York, NY.