NYC for the Holidays

Avenue Queue

by David Sokol

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  • Destination: Maison Ladurée
    864 Madison Ave., 646-558-3157, Manhattan
    Alternatives: La Maison du Chocolat
    1018 Madison Ave., 212-744-7117, Manhattan
    Financier Patisserie
    62 Stone St., 212-344-5600, Manhattan
    Maison Ladurée is credited not only with inventing the double-decker macaron (Ladurée second cousin Pierre Desfontaines came up with the idea of joining two macaron shells with a delicious ganache filling) but also perfecting it. The Parisian pastry shop opened a satellite on the Upper East Side, and, unsurprisingly, devotees have been lining up for this part-crispy, part-velvety confection that defies the simplicity of its major ingredients. Should you defect from the Ladurée queue, La Maison du Chocolat requires just a short walk northward. In 1990, this French import landed on Madison Avenue, where it sells macarons among its even more famous ganaches and éclairs. Down in the Financial District, Financier Patisserie isn't named for its location but for the French pastry traditionally baked in the shape of a gold bar. Financier's menu spans beyond chocolate mousse cakes and apple galette to include lunch items, created under the watch of executive pastry chef Eric Bedoucha. Paris is baking!

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