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May 24, 2007 08:51 AM

Best desserts in nyc

I'm looking for a place with an assortment of excellent desserts for my birthday this weekend. My mom's a pastry chef, so I'm a bit spoiled. That being said, I love classic and unconventional sweets alike. But I'm not a fan of creamy things (creme brulee, flan, rice pudding, etc.) All others welcome. Apple pie is a fav.

Any ideas? A few I've considered are Bolo, Balthazar & the Odeon.

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  1. Cafe Sabarsky. If you're looking for more of a restaurant, Blaue Gans or Wallse.
    I think Bolo is mediocre

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    1. re: Lucia

      Cafe Sabarsky (86th and 5th ave, in the Neue Galerie) has some of the best pastries and THE best coffee in the city--no small accomplishment.

    2. Out of all the desserts I've ever had I still think that the Olive Oil Gellato at Otto is the best. Although that might not fit what you're looking for.

      You could always check out one of those all dessert places.

      1. Hi muffintop,

        Not sure why Bolo, Balthazar & the Odeon were in your consideration, as I did not find their desserts to be exciting. For straightly desserts, I will suggest dessert tasting at WD-50 and ChikaLicious for more inventive desserts. For the classic dessert fares, you can go to Landmarc (now with a new location in Time Warner Center) for their dessert sampler. While you are at TWC, you can also go to Bouchon Bakery for macaroons or other pastries.

        Other places that I like for cakes or pastries include M Lady (the layer cake) & Bread Papa for a cheap and delicious cream puff. Although you do not like creamy, I also echo wingman's suggestion on the Olive Oil Gelato at Otto - best for the hot summer!

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        1. re: kobetobiko

          I totally second WD-50. The dessert tastings are unbelievable and you'll have your choice of 3 or 5 course tastings. Even the rest of the desserts on their menu are quite original and may suit your needs, since you're open to unconventional sweets.

          There are photos of the desserts here:

          Presentation is spectacular.

        2. I am sure that I will be lambasted by my fellow chowhounds for saying this but my favorite place for desert in the city is Ferrara's in Little Italy (yes, I know--it is touristy and crowded). I am a sucker for gelato and I tend to go there and get a piece of tiramisu with some tiramisu gelato anytime I feel like I need about 7,000 calories.

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          1. re: ohromujici

            Cafe Mozart is an absolute winner when it comes to deserts! It might be a little too small for a birthday party, but definatelly worth checking out

            I also really like Max Brenner's place on Union Square. it might not be the best chocolate in the world, but it's definatelly entertaining! They have chocolate pizza, chocolate soup and many other deserts that make my mouth water every time I think about it...

          2. i'm a big fan of Chikalicious and Kyotofu (love LOVE kyotofu). those are definitely unconventional desserts- a bit more unconventional but delicious nonetheless.

            ini ani on the LES has some great things, as well as clinton st. bake shop for fresh pies. also Bubby's in Tribeca for pies and more classic desserts. bar veloce has 2 of my favorites: strawberries, vanilla gelato, and drizzled balsamic; and their nutella panino with vanilla gelato. both the bomb.

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            1. re: emilia

              Two of my favorites for take-home eating are Black Hound in the east village and Financier. Also, not Balthazar so much as Balthazar Bakery.

              1. re: emilia

                I LOVE Kyotofu as well! I've been there three times and the co-owners practically know me. If anything, just go for their chocolate cakes (the cupcake or the miso choco cake). It's so rich and decadent.

                I've written three posts about them (from most recent on):