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Apr 6, 2010 01:52 AM

your favorite desserts that make you fly like scooby doo

i am a dessert lover and just wanted to start a thread on off the charts desserts. I prefer less well known but feel free to name the banana pudding at magnolia or the chocolate chip walnut cookie at levain bakery since some of our fellow chowhounders may not know.
ill start off with a few of my favorites:
maple mascarpone cheesecake-babbo
nutella mocha milkshake-shopsins, speaking of milkshakes stand burger's apple pie milkshake is delicious in addition to their well known toasted marshmellow.
also im a big fan of the lunchbox milkshake at blt burger (i love pb and j though, ask for it extra, extra thick though because their shakes are a bit thin
maple budino along with their semifreddo-locanda verde (note: i found their banana loaf with gelato dessert to be mediocre)
cannolo gelato-bruno bakery
bread pudding-sullivan street bakery (awesome with ice cream!)
sugar spice donuts-craft (with their vanilla ice cream!)
dessert i really want to try that i haven't got to yet is the Torrone at Alto.

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  1. Oh great post! I've been trying to compile my favorite desserts as well and was curious as to what other people's favorite desserts were. I have a HUGE sweet tooth...

    German Chocolate Cake at Gramercy Tavern
    Rhubarb Shortcake with Buttermilk Ice Cream and Whipped Cream at Gramercy Tavern
    Fromage Blanc Sorbet (comes with the Modern Cheesecake) at The Modern Bar Room
    Apricot Tartlet at Patisserie Claude - HEAVENLY!!!!!!!!!!
    Any donut from Peter Pan Bakery
    Pain au chocolat at Patisserie Claude
    Bomboloni at Falai Panetteria
    Pretzel Croissant (I like it with Nutella!) at City Bakery
    Cupcakes from both Chikalicious Dessert Bar and TLRH
    Chocolate Pistachio Croissant at Petrossian
    Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie from Jack's Stir Brew Coffee
    Torta de Zucca (a butternut squash pie) at Grandaisy Bakery (omg, sooooo good....)
    Warm Chocolate Cake at Daniel
    Olive Oil Gelato at Otto
    I usually don't like any of their stuff, but Cinnamon Bun Pie at Momofuku MB is awesome
    Any double crusted pie at TLRH, preferably served warm with ice cream!
    Chocolate Chip Brioche at Silver Moon Bakery
    Not technically dessert, but Blueberry Pancakes at Clinton Street Baking Co.
    Not technically dessert, but Pain Perdu at Landmarc
    Any trifle or pudding at Sugar Sweet Sunshine

    I still want to try: (and if any of you have any feedback on these, please do share!)
    Torrone at Alto as well
    Donuts at Craft
    Maple Budino at LV
    Cannoli from Villabate
    Any pie a la mode at Clinton Street
    When it returns, the fruit crumble for two at Gramercy Tavern
    OOOH I want to know about the Fantasia di Cioccolato at Locanda Verde - has anyone had it??? What are your thoughts and what was in it exactly????
    Toffee Date Cake at Locanda Verde
    Baba with Griotte Cherries and Pistachio Gelato at The Modern Bar Room
    Rhubarb Coppetta at Otto
    Yuzu Eskimo at Spot
    Bomboloni at both Alto and A Voce (Has anyone had both? How do they compare??)

    I'll keep thinking... I know there's a lot more that I love to eat, hehe.

    Patisserie Claude
    187 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

    Gramercy Tavern
    42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

    City Bakery
    3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

    A Voce
    41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

    Grandaisy Bakery
    176 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

    Silver Moon Bakery
    2740 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

    Jack's Stir Brew Coffee
    138 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

    68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

    179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

    Sugar Sweet Sunshine
    126 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

    182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

    95 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

    Locanda Verde
    377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

    Clinton Street Baking Co.
    4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

    187 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

    3 Replies
    1. re: j.jessica.lee

      i like the donuts at craft they go very well with ice cream
      i like the maple budino at LV a lot
      ive never tried the cannoli at villabate but my favorite is venieros
      ive had the pecan pie a la mode at clinton street, there are a bit too many pecans in the pie. i think the ice cream at clinton street isnt that great. ive only tried butter pecan, coffee, and vanilla. the vanilla is decent though.
      i've had the yuzu eskimo at spot, if you like tart things its good. my favorite desserts at spot are the ovaltine cake with condensed milk ice cream and the lychee rice pudding.
      if you go to spot ask if cindy is working and tell her anthony her running buddy sent you. maybe shell give you a discount.

      1. re: daffyduck

        "ive never tried the cannoli at villabate but my favorite is venieros"

        Then you have to get a couple of cannolis next time you're at Villabate. I'll be surprised if you don't consider your favorites at Veniero's to be sick jokes by comparison.

      2. re: j.jessica.lee

        wow that is a lot of dessert!!!!! anyhow the canollis from villabate are great, not as good in my opinion as the original alba's but still one of the best in ny.

      3. The torrone at Alto is delicious - you can get it at the bar if you don't feel like having a full meal. Other favorites:

        Affogato at Marea
        Bomboloni at Convivio
        Brownie at Balthazar Bakery
        Caramel parfait at The Modern Dining Room
        Cereal milk soft serve at Momofuku Milk Bar
        Chocolate chip cookie at Silver Moon Bakery
        Chocolate peanut butter palate at Eleven Madison Park
        Clafoutis at Corton
        Concord chocolate cake at Soutine Bakery
        Gianduja at Marea
        Montebello at Bouley Bakery (pistachio meringue, praline and mousse with fresh raspberries)
        Poached pear at Maialino (with some kind of cream and cookie crumble)
        Pots de creme at Minetta Tavern

        Eleven Madison Park
        11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

        Soutine Bakery
        104 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023

        Minetta Tavern
        113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

        Silver Moon Bakery
        2740 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

        355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

        45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

        120 E. 56th St., New York, NY 10022

        239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

        240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

        Momofuku Milk Bar
        251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

        4 Replies
        1. re: fm1963

          Here are photos of two of the desserts on your list. Delicious!

          EMP's Chocolate Peanut Butter Palette:

          Marea's Affogato:

          1. re: RGR

            Thanks RGR. I always check out your photos before going to a new restaurant. I love your little writeups - always spot on. Your pictures of the affogato and chocolate peanut butter palate inspired me to try them, and they were seriously delicious.

            1. re: fm1963

              I'm very pleased that you find my photos and commentaries helpful, fm1963!

              It just occurred to me that I've also had the Bomboloni, but at Alto, not Convivio (which, along with Marea, all have the same pasty chef). Unfortunately, I did not share your enthusiasm for them.


              1. re: RGR

                Hmm, the bomboloni at Convivio were filled with custard and served with a chocolate dipping sauce - quite different from the apple/caramel version at Alto (which I haven't tried). I guess the pastry chef makes variations of the same dessert at the three restaurants.

                45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

        2. Argh, Stand discontinued their Toasted Sesame favorite!

          Gotta have the Panqueque del Dulce de Leche at Cafe Ronda or Buenos Aires.

          Buenos Aires
          513 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

          Cafe Ronda
          249 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

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          1. re: Suite5C

            they always discontinue great shakes! if only they'd salt their beef a little less their burgers would be stellar. i finally strayed to a "normal" shake, the peanut butter cup shake, and it's so good i've had it thrice. stand's milkshakes are therapy (that's one fantastic sliding-scale fee!). the honey-lavender, for those of you who haven't tried it, needs to find its way into alarm clocks everywhere for a soothing wake-up call.

            i finally hit BLT a shake, the rocky road. what a waste of money--i literally wanted to turn back to the counter after one sip and demand my money back. my father's Breyers shakes were tastier!

            1. re: erfzilla

              While we're on the topic of bad shakes, Blue Smoke should alter the menu to properly describe the milkshakes they serve as Trainwrecks.

          2. Many of my favorites have been mentioned already, I'll add some more:

            Chocolate brioche bread pudding with salted caramel ice cream at Five Points
            Almost any desserts at the Modern Bar Room
            Sticky toffee pudding and treacle pudding at Tea & Sympathy
            Arctic Circle at Aquavit
            Any Korean rice cake (dduk) at Woorijip
            Black sesame creme brulee at Sakagura
            Red velvet cupcakes at Big Booty Bakery
            Tiramisu at Caffe Dante
            Miso chocolate cake at Kyotofu
            Most everything at Minamoto Kitchoan
            Crack pie at Momofuku Milk Bar
            Salted caramel macaron at Madeleine Patisserie
            Black sesame, malted chocolate, etc. at Il Laboratorio del Gelato

            1. i'm going to add a few i forgot about
              donuts and coffee ice cream-Quality Meats
              babka-Andres Hungarian Bakery
              brioche soaked in heavy cream and bruleed (part of the 10 course tasting)-Degustation
              yogurt granola type dessert (part of the 10 course tasting)-Degustation it's like the best vanilla yogurt with captain crunch