Walking down the Soho streets, there is a different mood than in Chelsea. It is definitely calmer and there is a certain glow on a Monday evening. Maybe it's fashion week or just my imagination but everything in this part of the city seems as if it is a treasure waiting to be discovered. As I turn the corner, there it is, the huge pastel green flag lightly swaying in the chilly winter air. Laduree, the tea salon had finally come to New York. There has always been a macaroon shop on Madison Avenue. (One of my favorite destinations) However this is the first restaurant and tea salon that has opened in the U.S.
I had been to Laduree in Paris on the Champs-Elysees but now there was one only 15 minutes away. I met my friend Margaret inside and we went up to the Garcon asking for a table for tea. Our coats were taken and we sat in the front part of the salon. There were three "sections". The first being the tea salon where the macaroons were sold and you could also sit for tea and dessert. There was a middle room, masculine in feel with wood and heavy chairs, then there was a back room. A fairly vast space with a glamorous chandelier and beautiful blue touches. (the last room is the picture below)
For Dessert I got a rum, cream and puff pastry treat with citrus white coffee to drink. Margaret ordered a raspberry tart and some classic earl grey tea. We had a wonderful time catching up and the tea really hit the spot! I