A Taste of France

AURAY GOURMET

144 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont, NY - (914) 833-2274

For great French Gourmet foods such as cheese, saucisson, pâtés, foie gras as well as coffee, candy, cookies and syrups. They even post delicious recipies on their website!

 

MAISON LADURÉE

864 Madison Ave between 70th and 71st Sts (646-558-3157)

This revered Parisian macaron house now has a New York location. With weekly shipments from France, stored in pressure-sealed containers, the store has had trouble keeping all 14 flavors in stock since it opened in late August. On weekends, the entire space is filled with a snaking line of well-coiffed Upper East Siders, all patiently waiting their turn to pick from macaron varieties ($2.70) like pistachio, orange blossom and raisin-cinnamon.

 

MILLE-FEUILLE BAKERY CAFÉ

552 La Guardia Pl between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts (212-533-4698)

Pierre Hermé acolyte Olivier Dessyn, who fell in love with New York City during a vacation here, moved from Paris and opened this humble shop in Greenwich Village last May. Inspired by NYU’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library across the street, Dessyn named his patisserie after the mille-feuille, a layered dessert ($3.90) that reminded the toque of a book on its side. The baked goods are all traditional French­—macarons ($2.10), cheese brioche ($2.90) and chocolate sables  ($2.50)—but the real standout is Dessyn’s croissant ($2.25). The iconic crescent-shaped delicacy ranks among the city’s best: The crisp, dark-brown shell shatters on the first bite, revealing stretchable layers of silky, buttery pastry.