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New York City Top Restaurants Lackluster Desserts?

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Hey Hounds,

I don't want to be discouraged by eating dessert at New York City Restaurants, but my colleagues and I have had two discouraging desserts in a row, one day at Aureole and one day at Gotham Bar and Grill. These are both EXPENSIVE Michelin Star Dining Restaurants. Am I wrong to believe that I should leave on a high note by receiving a satisfying dessert? I mean, their are only several two and three michelin star restaurants in the whole city, so do I need to go their to be satisfied with my desserts?

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  1. Michelin ratings are relatively new to New York City and many people don't put much stock into Michelin ratings as they apply to NYC.

    Eleven Madison Park, for example, has ONE Michelin star but FOUR stars from the New York Times. Who else has FOUR stars from the NYT? Only Daniel, Jean Georges. Le Bernardin. Masa, and Per Se... And EMP did not even place in the Michelin ratings until recently!

    I've not dined at Gotham or Aureole, did you do any research beforehand on the relative strength/weakness of their pastry program? Or desserts that were recommended? I always do research on blogs, Yelp, CH to look for recommended dishes. Of course this doesn't excuse a poor dish on the menu, but as they say, knowledge is power.

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    Per Se
    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

    Jean Georges
    1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

    Le Bernardin
    155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

    Masa
    10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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    1. re: kathryn

      I have a feeling that the Michelin inspectors don't find Eleven Madison Park all that interesting. Most of the other Michelin 3 stars in NYC have a unique, defining style in their cuisine: Le Bernardin is a peerless seafood specialist, Jean Georges has been melding Eastern flavors with Western techniques intelligently for over a decade (while many other chefs have tried and failed horribly), and Per Se, like French Laundry, has been refining and recasting New American cuisine with (sometimes absurdly) perfectionist French techniques. I don't understand why Daniel recently earned 3 stars, though perhaps this board is a bit too harsh on it in general. In contrast to Daniel's recent promotion, Le Bernardin, Jean Georges, and Per Se have held their 3 Michelin star ratings since the NYC guide's inception five years ago.

      Eleven Madison Park serves very well-executed French food, which is commonly found throughout Europe. Perhaps the inspectors feel that merits only 1 star. IMO, Eleven Madison Park should be a 2 star, and may be on its way to earning its third star if Daniel Humm stays at the helm.

      Edit: I left out Masa, but that is clearly singular in its own way.

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      Per Se
      10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

      Jean Georges
      1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

      Le Bernardin
      155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

    2. the chocolate cake at Gotham is without a doubt the best piece of cake i've had in my life.

      1. WD-50 has great Desserts courtesy of Alex Stupak (formerly from Alinea) if you do end up going to a *** Michelin restaurant and want really great desserts then I would recommend Le Bernardin for Michael Laiskonis' fare. Great desserts and great Sorbets. Probably my benchmark for Sorbets in NY.

        As an alternative you could always skip out on desserts at the restaurant and go to Chikalicious. (or one of the many dessert bars in the city)

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        1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

          I strongly second the Le Bernardin and wd~50 recs. Laiskonis and Stupak are standouts in a city full of ambitious pastry chefs.

          I'd also recommend L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, which has some incredible desserts in its repertoire.

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          Le Bernardin
          155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

        2. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6996...
          i think craft, degustation, locanda verde (the banana walnut cake was not as amazing as the semifreddo or maple budino though) and babbo are my favorite restaurants with strong desserts.

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          1. re: daffyduck

            Thank You All