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Best desserts in the city?

I'm coming to New York next month on a restaurant research trip, especially for desserts...Asian-inspired in particular. Truth be told, I don't really know where to go. I'm planning on Bouchon, P*Ong, Kyotofu, Chikalicious, Room 4 Dessert & Tailor (hopefully) so far.
So, where else should I go?

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  1. You should definitely visit Cha-An in the east village for great Japanese style desserts and a whole range of tea.
    And if you're not just looking for desserts on the higher end, Asians love their icy desserts during summer time and the Whatever Cafe in Chinatown has got very yummy, slightly healthy fruit based desserts such as the very popular mango pudding and now, fresh durian pudding.
    And as overhyped as the union square cafe maybe, its banana tart is my favorite dessert/comfort food in town

    1. Beard Papa's and/or Choux Factory. (Japanese cream puffs which are filled to order.) Go to the bakeries in Chinatown or Flushing. Maybe Pinkberry in Korea Town.

      1. They have a couple of fantastic desserts at Yakitori Totto: the apricot kernel tofu and the green tea pudding (see photo). The grapefruit jelly at Sugiyama is fantastic if you want to do a kaiseki dinner.

        Some non-Asian favorites of mine are the warm semolina pudding with lemon curd at Lavagna (but they don't always serve it), the coconut flan at Esperanto, the basboussa (semolina cake) at Olive Vine in Brooklyn, torrejas at El Cid, cannelles at Petrossian cafe, and gelato at Osteria del Circo (they have a stand outside in the summer).

        And don't miss Minimoto Kitchoan for beautiful japanese sweets.


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        1. re: Peter Cherches

          M.K.: beautiful but dont taste so great...
          Another Japanese place with reliably good dessert is Soba-ya.
          Sakagura does an excellent multi-course dessert, reminds me of Chika's work.

        2. The restaurant Tocqueville has outSTANDing desserts! Their whole menu is delicious, but if you are into great desserts, don't miss theirs.

          As well, Le Bernardin has Michael Laskonis as Pastry Chef. He is nationally famous, and with good reason. Do go there for his fab Chocolate Egg!

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          1. re: ChefJune

            Gramercy Tavern has great desserts

          2. Tori Shin has only one dessert, Shiso leaf sorbet. It's pretty simple but one of the best desserts I've ever had.

            1. Don't forget WD-50 for Alex Stupak's amazing creations.

              1. Though not Asian inspired, L'Atelier de joel Robuchon has excellent desserts!

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                  1. re: jsmitty

                    And Sabarsky is great for the atmosphere too.

                    1. re: catches

                      chikalicous is the wd-50 of dessert. full of itself and leaving you wanting more. tasty-sure, great-by no means

                      1. re: Peter Cherches

                        yeah great big window looking at the park!

                  2. If you want a great dessert, go to Rocco's Bakery for some wonderful cannoli!

                    1. Chikalicious is what dreams are made of -- but beware of the lines as the night goes on and on the weekends.

                      1. I love Kyotofu. Bouchon's practically my daily lunch spot, in terms of their take-out section, even those foods are photogenic.


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                        1. re: chocokitty

                          Also Kyotofu's savories weren't too bad when I had dinner the other night there. Here's the other post:

                          Caffe Falai's desserts in SoHo were pretty good too. I really love their chocolate fondant.

                          Here's a recent Bouchon post that I have also,

                        2. Though not Asian inspired, my favorite dessert in the city is found at Casa Mono-- they have a Creme Catalan that is served with deep friend bay leaves that you glide your teeth along (like an artichoke leaf) and get this really flavorful bay leaf donut. Amazing!

                          1. Not Asian desserts but amzing anyway....Payard!!

                            1. Thank you everyone for all your great suggestions! Now I'm really REALLY looking forward to going!