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Jul 25, 2010 01:53 PM

Best fancy/dramatic desserts? (Ex: sheets of hard colored sugar, Food Network competition style)

Hi all,

Trying to find a place for my boyfriend to take me for my birthday

For some reason I have it in my head that I want to go to a place with really over the top desserts
You know, the type you see made on the Food Network with sheets of melted sugar turned into spectacular who knows what decorations....

( -- good image of the madness I have in mind

Entrees are less important

I was thinking perhaps Le Cirque? Anywhere else with amazing pastry chef? And also - any recco's for the most dramatic desserts at said restaurants?

Appreciate any feedback.

Le Cirque
151 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

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  1. I think Les Oeufs a la Neige at La Grenouille would qualify, with it's "bird's nest" of spun sugar and "eggs" of meringue...

    La Grenouille
    3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

    1. i had a dessert once at x2o xaviars in yonkers that had a nice hard colored sugar design, but it was much smaller than the picture you want. it's a long shot but you can try calling or emailing them and see if they'll be willingly to do something more elaborate. but im sure there's some places in manhattan that should be able to do such a thing. good luck!

      1. Nearly anything being made by Alex Stupak at WD-50 right now would fit the bill. I can't remember which dish had the chocolate "wire" but that one was an architectural marvel, and may or may not still be on the menu. He's considered by many as one of the best pastry chefs in the country right now. (And heck, he won on Iron Chef - something his boss couldn't do...)

        50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

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        1. re: sgordon

          Alex Stupak is incredibly talented and it's worth to go to wd~50 just for his desserts. To be honest, I like his desserts a lot better than Wylie Dufresne's savory contributions.