Laduree Soho Take out Pig out
I picked up several non macaroon pastries – mille-feuille, raspberry tart with passion fruit cream, cream puff w/praline layer, mini kugelhof, palmier, and pistachio religieuse. The focus at Laduree is on traditional offerings and, when on, they are raising the standard of what is available in NYC. The flavors are precise and well measured, the textures are on the mark – puff, choux and especially yeast. Small touches and background work pay off, like the well soaked raisins in the kugelhof or the drop of rum in the cream for the mille feuille. Passion fuit is well played against the raspberry and both fine with the pate brisee shell. The cream puff erases any lingering ill effects from the so much bad puffery that is about. Even with two missteps, the pistachio religieuse had no nut flavor I could find and the palmier which missed crisp with hard outer layers and an undercooked center, this was a fine showing. There might be many light green boxes in your future.