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Restaurants with Sensational Desserts

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Which Pastry Chefs are considered among the best in NYC restaurants these days? Are there restaurants that have so so food but have stellar desserts?

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  1. The Kurt Gutenbrunner Restaurants (Wallse, Cafe Sabarsky, Blaue Gans) have some of my favorite restaurant desserts, as well as good food. I also like Otto, enoteca room at Del Posto (before Nicole Kaplan left), Gramercy Tavern (Tavern Room), Upstairs (Bouley), Falai (desserts, not food).

    What style of desserts are you looking for? You might want to look into some of the dessert bars springing up around town. They tend towards the less traditional. Also, if you're looking for specific menu items, let us know.

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    1. re: Lucia

      I agree on the desserts at Del Posto when Nicole Kaplan was there. They were always decadent! I heard that she went to The Plaza now, but am not 100% sure.

    2. I really really loved the dessert tasting menu at WD-50, but it is probably dependent on what your taste is. Do you have a type of dessert in mind?

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      1. re: offthebeatenpath1

        I am looking for something non chocolate. Tired of molten chocolate cake or creme brulee. Anything creative with butter scotch? A twist on a classic dessert, maybe? I was at 11 Mad few weeks ago and had tasting menu. I thought the food was DIVINE, but was rather disappointed with the desserts.

        1. re: theskyflyer

          Personally, I am a huge fan of the desserts at Le Cirque. They still have the best creme brulee in the city in my humble opinion.

          1. re: theskyflyer

            There's a dish at Tailor with butterscotch and pork belly. Tailor's raison d'etre is to blur the line between main dishes and desserts. If that sounds like something you'd like, you should give it a try. The solid cocktails are also pretty interesting.

        2. Beside Nicole Kaplan, the former pastry chef at Del Posto, I thought the desserts at Jean Georges are pretty good, especially the seasonal ones. Daniel and Cafe Boulud also have wonderful desserts.

          Maze of Gordon Ramsay have some good desserts, but I didn't like their rice pudding.

          I am also not a big fan of the desserts at EMP nor Bouley.

          1. Try P*ONG, inthe west village, if you want new twists on classics. The owner was the pastry chef at Jean-Georges' Spice Market and 66 and, prior to that at Rick Moonan's RM. Innovative mix of sweat and savory.

            1. Adour, the new Alain Ducasse restaurant in St. Regis hotel, is somewhere I'd check out. The pastry chef there, Sandro Micheli from the ADNY days, has always made such innovative and delicious desserts.