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Chocolate Almond Cake - Staten Island restaurant

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hapycookr Mar 7, 2011 06:56 AM

Years ago, there was a restaurant (sorry, I don't remember the name) that wasn't too far from the Ferry Entrance that I still remember! The food was excellent, but one of the best desserts I have ever had, was their Chocolate Almond Cake that I still dream about. (Yes, I know... I have no life!) LOL

I don't know if the restaurant is still in business, but I am looking for the recipe. Anyone have it?

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    Tay Mar 7, 2011 07:44 AM

    Are you thinking about Chez Laurent or, perhaps Aesop's Table?

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    Chez Laurent
    991 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10305

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      hapycookr Mar 7, 2011 09:45 AM

      I don't remember the name of the restaurant and the 2 that you mention, doesn't ring any bells. I just know that the restaurant was 'known' for this cake.

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        Tay Mar 8, 2011 03:59 AM

        Bay St had a few good restaurants that might have offered what you seek but w/o a name, I couldn't really help much. Aesop's closed and Chez Laurent has moved to a new, mid island location. The owner/chef was origionally a pastry chef and they still support a bakery, so you might want to check with them to see if they made/make it.
        Happy hunting!

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        Chez Laurent
        991 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10305

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          hapycookr Mar 8, 2011 04:54 AM

          Thanks so much Tay. I will get in touch wotj the Chez Laurent owner/chef and see what he has to say. He might know the answer.

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          Chez Laurent
          991 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10305

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            comestible Mar 8, 2011 07:20 AM

            Can you remember anything more precise about the location in relation to the ferry terminal? (How many blocks? In what direction? Up a hill?) That could help us recall restaurants that are/were in the area.

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              Tay Mar 9, 2011 04:23 AM

              hapycookr (great name, lol!)

              I know Chez Laurent has moved to a new location. It's on Railroad Ave. I hope it turns out to be helpful. I know he makes great desserts. If you find your "Dream dessert" please let us know. :-)

              http://whereyoueat.com/French-Tart--3...

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              French Tart
              1141 N Railroad Ave, Staten Island, NY 10306

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                comestible Mar 9, 2011 04:56 AM

                I think hapycookr is looking for something in close proximity to the ferry terminal, so that leaves out Chez Laurent.

                If hapycookr had this cake more than 10 years ago, and it was at a real sit-down restaurant, not just a sandwich shop, then there weren't too many alternatives near the ferry. Best bet is probably the defunct Montezuma's (space now occupied by Beso) up the hill on Schuyler St. just up from Richmond Terrace. It is tucked into the ground floor of an office building. Curiously, it was more a Belgian restaurant than Mexican, and it had a good rep. Other than that, maybe Ruddy & Dean on Richmond Terrace, further north, which may have had a different name and owner that far back.

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                Beso
                11 Schuyler St, Staten Island, NY 10301

                Ruddy & Dean
                44 Richmond Ter, Staten Island, NY 10301

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                  hapycookr Mar 9, 2011 05:51 AM

                  Thinking back... I have to say that this restaurant was there a good 25 years+ ago. I tried to check the area on google that my memory remembers and I can't pinpoint it. I just remember that if you were getting off the ferry, you would make a right, go past the concrete-like building on the left (city hall, police station, library???) and then possibly walk another block or two before you make a left. POSSIBLY walk up a tiny hill, and the restaurant was on the right hand side. I want to say that the restaurant wasn't right on the street... possibly had to go down a couple steps and it was on a basement level??? Back then, it was a really popular restaurant and it wasn't cheap. NY Times might have had a review on it and mentioned the cake.

                  Thank you all for your help. It's nice to know that people care to help other people. As you can tell, I'm not a Staten Island girl. My Dad lived in the area and took the ferry to downtown every day, so I would visit him and that's why I remember this cake (ground almonds in the cake batter).

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                    Tay Mar 11, 2011 10:20 AM

                    Apologies. My fellow CH , comestible, is correct. I was thinking about the other end of Bay St, He/she has probably pegged it with Ruddy & Dean, Montezuma's, or some earlier occupant. I'll also check with my sister. She has lived on SI for a long time and may recall some additional eateries

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                    Ruddy & Dean
                    44 Richmond Ter, Staten Island, NY 10301

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