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Best dessert you have ever had where and what?

I want to live through your calories consumed I am dieting but you bet I will try them once I loose some more. Thanks

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  1. Best desserts I've ever had were at Bartolotta at the Wynn in Las Vegas.

    In NY what's come to mind when I want to be sinful are....Tate's coconut cupcakes in Southampton, Banana Pudding at Buttercup, Sage cupcakes in Queens, many items on the Ruby Foos menu, chocolate cookie from Lavain, Tiramisu from ZaZa, most stuff at Bouchon Bakery and Blackhound Bakery. Oh and the choc/green tea molten cake at Nobu.

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    1. re: jenniebnyc

      ^^I'm obsessed with Tate's coconut cupcake. I've tried every variation I can think of at home - but nothing comes close to that recipe. I'd KILL to know how to make it. Obsessed I tell you!

      1. re: beauxgoris

        We are having 50 individually boxed for my sister's baby shower in June. THE Best $3 takeaway anyone will EVER get at a shower. PLUS I talked them into making light pink frosting for me.....this is a BIG DEAL for Tates as they don't like to customize....she's having a girl. YAY.

    2. The food at Olives (Todd English's place at the W Hotel) in Union Square is good, but their pastry chef is doing work that is to-die-for. I went with a party of 7 or 8, so between us we ordered the entire dessert menu, and it was unbelievable. Something simple like warm chocolate pudding cake is made original with lashings of malted chocolate sauce. The malt is so familiar but so totally unexpected.

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      1. re: frenetica

        I had a long-running obsession with the vanilla souffle at Olives back in the day. I can still conjure up the way that it smelled, and the way those glistening clouds of eggy goodness looked when the server would pop it open and pour warm creme anglaise inside...

      2. -The galactoboureco (Greek custard cake) at Taverna Kyclades on Ditmars Blvd. in Astoria, Queens. I never knew a non-chocolate dessert could make me feel that way.

        -A phyllo-chocolate "purse" from a restaurant in Bellingham, WA whose name is lost to the mists of time, but that molten chocolate encased in crispy phyllo still haunts my dreams 7 years later.

        -Another nod to Todd English's Olives in NYC. I've had dinner there many times and my first time I had a dessert of homemade Snickers bars with malted chocolate ice cream and about 4 or 5 other elements that just blew me away!

        -Pies from Ebeneezer's Cafe in Sherrill, NY (the smallest city in New York State!). Not far from the Oneida Silver Store. The peanut butter pie is excellent.

        -Any custard dessert from Tea & Sympathy on Greenwich Avenue in the West Village. I recently had an apple crumble with warm vanilla custard. Comfort on a spoon.

        -All of the pies at the Brooklyn Pie Social every September in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. I had my first slice of Hoosier Sugar-Nutmeg Cream Pie and it was divine!

        -My friend's homemade Paula Deen recipe for pumpkin trifle laced with gingerbread and topped with crumbled gingersnaps. Four helpings later, I still craved it.

        -When I feel like slumming, I hit Chili's for their Molten Chocolate Bundt Cake. Not sure if it's still on the menu, but I loved it. And loved it strong.

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        1. re: billyboy

          I have had the galaktoboureko at Taverna Kyclades. It is unbelievable and not that difficult to make at home:


        2. Carnegie Deli has the true extra-heavy cheesecake. The version topped with rugelach comes in a wedge 8" wide and nearly a foot high. It's to die for, and from.

          1. A place in Washington Heights, Carrot Top, for the most amazing carrot cake ever.

            1. I love the Warm Chocolate Godiva Cake from Morton's. If it's made right, it's fantastic.

              1. I have to agree with Levain's for chocolate chip cookies. Easily the best in New York! The East Village is also extremely dangerous for dessert lovers. Blackhound Bakery (I recommend the apple pie/tart, the carrot cake, and anything chocolate there), Chikalicious and Chikalicious Pudding (insanely overpriced at Pudding but delicious), and when I want to drink dessert hot chocolate at the bald man (yes it's a chain and yes the food is underwhelming but I think it's worth it for the drinks).

                1. A fun post to reply to. In no particular order:

                  Chocolate-chip bread pudding with homemade vanilla bean ice cream at Brooklyn Blue Ribbon

                  Every dessert I've had from The Tasting Room, but especially their panna cotta

                  Red velvet cake from Cake Man Raven on Fulton Street in Brooklyn

                  Homemade donuts and Mexican hot chocolate at Good on Greenwich Avenue.

                  The cannoli filling from Madonia Brothers bakery on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.

                  1. the Le Sucre and Le Marron desserts at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon in NYC. Not only were they insanely delicious and decadent, they were so beautifully constructed that they were pieces of arts (pictures attached)

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                    1. Hummingbird Cake
                      Lunenberg, Nova Scotia

                      1. I am not a huge fan of Tiramisu, but I had a Tiramisu at Chianti's in Saratoga Springs, NY a few years back that was wonderful.

                        Huckleberry Pie at the Huckleberry Inn in Government Camp, OR. I don't know if it was the pie, or the setting, but it was grand.

                        1. Two favorites come to mind..
                          Number 1: A Grand Marnier Mousse in Barbados at a restaurant called "Josef's" in St. Lawrence Gap. You would have to order one as soon as you were seated to ensure you would receive one following dinner. They made only so many. Absolutely divine. The restaurant is still there. Not sure if it is still on the menu.

                          Number 2: A caramel chocolate pecan tart served at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhatten as part of their Sunday brunch. Have tried to duplicate it ... Never the same.

                          1. It's too hard to mention just one. These contenders came to mind right away:
                            Best bread pudding of my life was on the menu at Postrio (SF) in the late '90s/early'00s... trips out west always included a night out on Post St. where I'd get my chocolate chip banana bread pudding with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.

                            Chocolate Circus dessert at Le Cirque 2000 (NYC). I don't know how the pastry chef managed to construct a circus set out of chocolate and handmade candy, but it was beautiful, delicious and so much fun to eat.

                            Most recent sweet revelation (today): Passion fruit crepe souffle at BLT Steak (White Plains, NY). Picture the richest turnover souffle with vanilla bean custard center in a pool of fresh passion fruit syrup. The edges of the souffle are crisp and sugared and the top is smooth and tan. A beauty.

                            1. I wish I had a more exotic offering, but it's as simple as a 'flourless chocolate cake' at Ruth's Chris in midtown about five years ago. It was the freshest, richest, chocorgasmic dessert experience of my life. I ordered it expecting standard restaurant chocolate cake and was blown away.
                              Went back a time or three to order some to go and eventually the source changed, they said it didn't, but something that rich and dense doesn't go to cakey and pedestrian overnight. Wherever they were getting it was top notch.

                              1. The peanut butter panna cotta with concord grape sorbet at Tocqueville resounds in my memory.

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                                1. re: ChefJune

                                  I'm a huge chocolate fan and honestly I must say the chocolate volcano thing at The Grand Lux Cafe is amazing

                                2. the Goat Cheesecake from North Fork Table & Inn in Southold, NY. so fresh and genuine.

                                  1. Peter Luger- Holy Cow Hot Fudge Sundae
                                    BLT Steak- Chocolate Chesnut Sundae
                                    Primehouse- Pistachio Souffle

                                    1. Fleur de Sel - Caramelized Granny Smith Crepe with Whipped Devonshire Cream

                                      The best dessert I've ever had. This coming from a chocolate person.

                                      Blue Hill - Chocolate Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice cream

                                      My favorite chocolate dessert in New York

                                      1. Love anything from Patisserie Lulu in Scarsdale, NY - but their German Chocolate and After Midnight dark chocolate cakes are particularly oustanding. For cheese cake, OTOH, it's got to be S&S in the north Bronx.

                                        That said, as a coconut lover, my all-time favorite dessert experience was the house specialty Triple Coconut Cream Pie at Etta's in Seattle. .

                                        1. I miss the chocolate pecan pie at Serendipity III. Simple, delicious, and a big treat if you were, like, 8 years old.

                                          These days, I head to Kyotofu for any of their desserts.