Friday, September 5, 2014

Macarons at Laduree Soho

6-Last night I had a great time catching up with my friend Nisha (honeywhatscooking) over macarons in the Ladurée garden. Unlike the Upper East Side Ladurée, this Soho location offers seating and dining/drink options. The atmosphere is lovely, with two fancy European dining rooms, and a garden in the very back. This could definitely be a great spot for bridal/baby showers. Unfortunately the service really leaves something to be desired.

We placed our order with the first server who helped us, and because of a shift change, she left half an hour later. We had asked to be served the sandwich first, followed by the macarons and coffee. She left when we were finishing up the sandwich. A few minutes later, a different server asked us if we were interested in dessert. We told her we had already ordered macarons and coffee. She said okay, left, and then 3 minutes later a different server came over and presented us with menus without saying anything. I told her "we already ordered dessert with the first server, then just told another server about it." She asked "oh. What did you order?" I repeated the macarons and coffee order at that point. Around this time I also noticed several patrons in the garden getting impatient with not being able to track down servers. I'm glad these macarons were so delicious and the setting was beautiful, but at these prices (glanced at the cocktail prices and found that they were around $16-$18, which is just absurd-- higher than speakeasys and hotel bars!), service should really be impeccable.




The cutest window display. Loved the macaron tower and the graphics on the boxes.


Apparently Thursday evening is not prime time for the shop-- so different from the hectic experience on weekends.


Pretty European decor in the first dining room.


Victorian home vibe.


The garden is filled with pretty marble tables and comfortable chairs. It was nice and relaxing, and could be a great place to sit and read a book if dining solo.


Club Champs-Elysee: tomato, eggplant, zucchini, pesto, arugula, mozzarella, parmesan, pinenuts and basil with fries and mesclun salad, $18
A very decent but overpriced sandwich.


Reminds me of a Pret a Manger sandwich.


Salted caramel, rose, 4 for $11.20 ($2.80 each)
There's no arguing that Ladurée simply has the best macarons out there-- not sure how these even hold together when they just break apart so beautifully once you take a bite. Served slightly cold which makes it even better. 

398 West Broadway (between Spring Street and Broome Street)
New York, NY 10012
(646) 392-7868



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2 comments:

  1. Just found you via urbanspoon. I just visited yesterday and was not impressed. I actually prefer Maison Kayser to be honest. Wanted to try due to all the hype, but just doesn't live up to it. For a Saturday, it was pretty empty which I was shocked to see. I had the omelette which was just okay but for $16 wouldn't do that again. Will be following your site and reviews!

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    1. Thanks for checking out my blog! I'll have to go to Maison Kayser to try their macarons. Really do love the ambience of Laduree. Too bad prices are just so high.

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