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Dec 1, 2012 07:24 AM

Who does Dessert Tasting Menus?

Hi all,

Who does fancy dessert tasting menus? Im talking about the kind with 5-6-7 (or more) plates.

Thank you so much in advance .

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  1. Your requirement of having 5+ full plated desserts basically eliminates everywhere but the Salon at Per Se.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Is there anywhere that does 3 or 4 plates? Years ago I heard WD-50 has a dessert tasting menu, but I don't see it anywhere online... I guess there is none. Thanks anyways!

      1. re: elskin

        WD-50 eliminated that option when they revamped the menu. You can order a la carte at the bar for dessert. Two items for $25, additional items for $15.

        Cha-An has a three course listed on their menu.

        Chikalicious does amuse/full dessert/petit fours.

        Kyotofu does a three course prix fixe, but only for two people.

        Picholine has a three course but only after 9:30pm.

        1. re: kathryn

          Yes! I loved Picholine's late night dessert course! :)

        2. re: elskin

          Spot Dessert Bar has a dessert "omakase" but I don't remember how many plates. Maybe 4? They're full plated desserts too.

          1. re: pravit

            Is it still on the menu? I couldn't find any info from the last few months.

      2. Other than the limitless dessert table at places like the old Le Bec Fin I don't know.

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        1. re: Chinon00

          There was a Le Bec Fin in Manhattan?

          Or are you suggesting the original version of the Philadelphia restaurant? Or its new incarnation under French Laundry alum?

          Actually - Either way, I don't see how this helps the OP.

          1. re: thegforceny

            Wrong. I'm assuming that there still MIGHT be Le Bec Fin style restaurants in Manhattan. And I'd assume that they might also feature a limitless dessert table. In that case it might come close to satisfying the OPs request. Clear?

        2. I love this question, because I am planning on doing a dessert tasting menu as a very (very) belated birthday celebration when my best friend comes to visit next month. I had already settled on the Salon at Per Se, because I perceived it was pretty much my only option, which seems to be confirmed here.

          Sorry to hijack your thread elskin, but does anyone have any idea what would be the best time to arrive to avoid having a long (more than 15 minutes) wait? We will be two people dining on a Saturday night in mid-January.

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          1. re: charmedgirl

            Would also love to hear the answer.

            1. re: charmedgirl

              I normally go to Per Se Salon at 5:20PM, 10 minutes before they open and order a couple savory dishes and go for the dessert course. That way, I can get the best seat in Salon near the window, overlooking Columbus Circle.

              Please remember that their blue door in the center is only decorative, modeled after the blue door at The French Laundry. Real entrances are the automatic sliding glass doors on both sides, which are locked until they open at 5:30PM. Once you enter the glass doors, reception desk is on your left.

              Therefore, I suggest you wait in front of the 'left side' glass door from around 5:20PM. That way, you will be the closest guest to the reception desk once they unlock the glass doors, giving you the first priority to get their best seat.

              I've been ordering Per Se's dessert course on a regular basis, but my most recent visit was underwhelming. Most of the desserts they served that day looked and tasted pretty plain. I hope it was just temporary.

              1. re: kosmose7

                Reporting back! Showed up around 5:50 on Saturday night, and only one other party had been seated in the Salon, and they had the table overlooking the park. This was fine by my friend and me; we were there for the food, rather than the view. When we left at 7:30 ish there were several tables available, and the table overlooking the park had been vacated a bit earlier, so it was sitting empty for the next lucky party to show.

                Desserts were each delicious, but I admit none of them were super duper WOW. Best of the bunch was a calvados "parfait" and the classic "coffee and doughnuts." Service was warm and professional. (Not sure it was anything different than service I have received at other high end restaurants, though.) Left fully satisfied with the experience, but not sure I have the need to repeat it.

                1. re: charmedgirl

                  Thanks for your review!
                  I am glad that you enjoyed it.

                  Related topic here:

                  1. re: kosmose7

                    Huh. I had seen this, but I admit I hadn't clicked through to your pictures. Comparing the early sets with the last, I would say our experience last night is considerably more like the last set than the first three. I also would agree the first three look more interesting/intricate/appealing. Maybe my friend and I shouldn't have procrastinated so much in making our visit.... Oh well. Like I said, I was fully satisfied when taking the experience as a whole, but I did not leave thinking that any of the courses were the most amazing dessert ever, wanted to lick the plate, must have again, etc. And I had expected to feel that way at least once.

                    1. re: charmedgirl

                      Sooo… I did it again yesterday and was surprised to see that they were almost all desserts off of the big Tasting menus (Banana split from Vegetable Tasting and Black forest and Calvados both from Chef's Tasting). I agree that they were solid but not earth-shattering.

                      My last earth-shattering dessert was Le Bernardin's Blood Orange. I can't stop thinking about it.

                      1. re: calf

                        I agree.
                        Desserts I tasted during my lastest three visits to Per Se were really disappointing. I am not going back to Per Se for desserts any longer. It's not a WOW place for me any more as far as desserts go.

            2. Crazy idea but try calling a restaurant you might like, and see if they'll do something like that.

              1. Last week Jean Georges' dessert course had a menu of four different themes, each of which had several selections all served on one plate, not as separate courses. Of the 'themes' I recall: Chocolate, Caramel, and Autumnal. These were followed by mignardises: small macarons, gelees, marshmallows cut tableside. Perhaps you can do just desserts in the front room and/or bar.

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                1. re: thegforceny

                  Second Jean Georges dessert sampler. I believe that you can get it at the Nougatine bar.

                  Benoit also offers an all-you-can eat dessert bar during Sunday brunch. Don't miss the Ile Flottante.

                  1. re: peter j

                    Haha. The secret is out. I love their all-you-can-eat dessert brunch. It's $16 for unlimited French pastries.

                    1. re: kosmose7

                      Seriously? All you can eat? If so, how do they make money on that?

                      1. re: Pan

                        Awesome… so what other restaurants do awesome self-serve brunches? Aquavit? and?