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Best desserts in the city?

sunnygordy May 10, 2007 08:12 PM

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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    xigua RE: sunnygordy May 11, 2007 04:47 AM

    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

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      lucybobo RE: sunnygordy May 11, 2007 05:09 AM

      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.

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        Peter Cherches RE: sunnygordy May 11, 2007 07:05 AM

        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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          kenito799 RE: Peter Cherches May 11, 2007 07:38 AM

          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. ChefJune RE: sunnygordy May 11, 2007 07:44 AM

          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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            bronwen RE: ChefJune May 11, 2007 08:24 AM

            Gramercy Tavern has great desserts

          2. ow77 RE: sunnygordy May 11, 2007 08:34 AM

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

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              kathryn RE: sunnygordy May 11, 2007 10:07 AM

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

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                kobetobiko RE: sunnygordy May 11, 2007 10:17 AM

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

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                  jsmitty RE: kobetobiko May 11, 2007 10:29 AM

                  cafe sabarsky

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                    Peter Cherches RE: jsmitty May 11, 2007 02:31 PM

                    And Sabarsky is great for the atmosphere too.

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                      jsmitty RE: catches May 11, 2007 04:42 PM

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

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                        jsmitty RE: Peter Cherches May 11, 2007 04:40 PM

                        yeah great big window looking at the park!

                  2. jinet12 RE: sunnygordy May 11, 2007 07:46 PM

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

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                      abr269 RE: sunnygordy May 11, 2007 07:46 PM

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

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                        chocokitty RE: sunnygordy May 12, 2007 04:10 PM

                        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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                          chocokitty RE: chocokitty May 13, 2007 11:30 AM

                          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,

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                          jdream RE: sunnygordy May 13, 2007 06:26 AM

                          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!

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                            bac528 RE: sunnygordy May 14, 2007 08:29 AM

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

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                              sunnygordy RE: sunnygordy May 16, 2007 07:46 AM

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

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