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Superlative Buttery Desserts

BuildingMyBento Oct 24, 2013 09:59 PM

Hi CH,

After a week of eating carrots, apples and spinach (and a bag of olive chips) I think it's time for a buttery dessert.

So then, please conjure up something fit for a reply. The only caveat- I would like to get it from a bakery.



  1. zeeEats Oct 25, 2013 06:01 AM

    From a bakery, I'd say the DKA at Dominique Ansel.

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    1. re: zeeEats
      BuildingMyBento Oct 25, 2013 08:45 AM

      Cheers for the suggestion, zeeEats.

      Perhaps not too surprisingly, I tried that one earlier this year. Good stuff, and are there any "synonyms?"

      1. re: BuildingMyBento
        zeeEats Oct 25, 2013 08:53 AM

        Maybe the chocolate babka from Breads Bakery?

        I can think of so many buttery restaurant desserts, especially now that fall has come, but limiting to bakeries... that's a little tough. Guess you can't go wrong with hockey puck-sized cookies from Levain or the crack pie from Milk Bar. Yep, the crack pie is literally 1/2 butter.

        1. re: zeeEats
          BuildingMyBento Oct 25, 2013 04:38 PM

          Sounds like some good choices. Forgot that I've tried the Milk Bar thing, but the babka is next on the list.

          I mentioned bakery because I wanted to be able to grab it and take it home for others to try. In a restaurant, the issue is time, but more importantly, I'd probably finish the whole thing...
          I'm open to some of your restaurant suggestions though, zeeEats.

          1. re: BuildingMyBento
            zeeEats Oct 28, 2013 07:12 AM

            The sticky toffee pudding at John Dory Oyster Bar and ginger stout cake at The Marrow are both pretty buttery and quite fall-appropriate. Perilla also does a vanilla frosted cinnamon bun fresh out of the oven during brunch that's one of the richest cinnamon buns I've come across in the city.

    2. Ttrockwood Oct 25, 2013 05:09 PM

      The current thread on macaron parlour recommends their hazelnut chocolate coissant and KA

      Maybe the dough-saant at Chikalicious?
      And my last pistachio brioche from maison kayser had to be half butter....(beware they sell a full sized version too!)

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      1. re: Ttrockwood
        BuildingMyBento Oct 26, 2013 08:23 AM

        Cheers for the suggestions, Ttrockwood.

        Is that pistachio brioche seasonal? Very sweet too?

        I wonder if the Bryant Park location has opened already...

        1. re: BuildingMyBento
          Ttrockwood Oct 26, 2013 01:50 PM

          I had it about a week ago from the flatiron location, don't think it was seasonal since they had it two months ago as well.... Not sure though. And their canele is worth every calorie too...

        2. re: Ttrockwood
          BuildingMyBento Oct 27, 2013 06:10 PM

          I tried the pistachio brioche (the small version) today too. Rather disappointing, mainly because it was dry, and again it needed more butter. But, I may try it again when I know it's fresh from the oven...
          it had an odd aftertaste too, akin to cardamom.

          1. re: BuildingMyBento
            Ttrockwood Oct 27, 2013 06:45 PM

            Oh no! When i had mine i had watched the girl bring out a full tray while i was still waiting to order....maybe a quick trip in the toaster oven would have helped

        3. coasts Oct 26, 2013 08:43 AM

          crack pie from Milk Bar is as buttery as it gets, as is their Chocolate Chocolate cookie (currently off-season).

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          1. re: coasts
            BuildingMyBento Oct 26, 2013 06:39 PM

            Cheers for the suggestion, coasts. The crack pie indeed is buttery, but I decided to go for the chocolate babka from Bread's Bakery today. Decent stuff, good chocolate, but not buttery enough!

            Perhaps that's for the better!

            1. re: BuildingMyBento
              Ttrockwood Oct 27, 2013 06:46 PM

              If you have more babka left you could always make a bread pudding or french toast to up the buttery love....

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