Desserts That Rival the Main Menu

There is this great tune by the R&B artist Tinashe and the D.J. MAKJ termed “Save Home for Us,” and I listen to it in my head each time I sit down at a cafe that I know has a dessert menu. It’s a subject I just won’t shut up about, because when done correct, dessert can elevate an previously great meal. Without it, you’re building it all the way to the close zone — only to score a field aim. (In nonsports parlance, it’s like a Macy’s Thanksgiving Working day Parade with no Snoopy — it’s continue to fantastic, but it feels incomplete!)

For many eating places, dessert is a make any difference of methods. In dire times, pastry chef positions are generally the initial to get minimize. And still, I uncover that as a diner when I face an thrilling, wide-ranging dessert menu, I’m much more very likely to devote a bit much more revenue to end the night with anything sweet. It’s a actual Catch-22.

As my colleague Becky Hughes pointed out last drop, the city’s limited but good Sizzling Cafe Summer™ brought with it a renewed fascination in sweets. In this article are 6 dining establishments (and one particular cafe) that comprehend the significance of an impressive dessert lineup.

Anytime I go to Sofreh in Prospect Heights, I usually punctuate my food with the baklava drizzled in citrus rose syrup and the Persian ice product trio with saffron, rosewater and pistachio ice creams simply because, in my humble impression, they flavor even greater alongside one another — think kesar pista. (You can also sample a handful of their desserts and breads at the months-outdated Sofreh Cafe in Bushwick.)

At Hawksmoor in the Flatiron district, the first American outpost of the common London steakhouse, I much more or significantly less felt it was my civic obligation to test the whole dessert menu from the pastry chef Carla Henriques. I’ll be dreaming of the Meyer lemon meringue dessert, with its ice product and lemon curd insides, for a very long time to occur.

If you can get a seat at Gage & Tollner in Downtown Brooklyn, you’ll look at half a dozen baked alaskas fly by your table, one of a lot of dessert solutions, not counting the celebration cakes you can buy ahead of time. (Sizzling tip: If you’re seeking for a show, check with for the off-the-menu flaming baba au rhum, or test the brand-new amaretto coffee sundae.)

Even a person or two distinctive dessert choices can do the trick. The tasting menu at Jua in Flatiron ends with the platonic suitable of a hotteok, a sort of Korean pancake, which the chef Hoyoung Kim calls “Korean soul foods.” It by itself is really worth the $130 cost of admission, if you inquire me.

At the Williamsburg outpost of the sushi restaurant Nami Nori, which specializes in temaki hand rolls, a person of two desserts on the menu is a plate of “mochurros.” They are so very simple but so amazing: dough made from glutinous rice flour — the base of mochi — piped and deep fried like a churro, and served with a shallow bowl of tangy lemon curd. And of program there’s the city’s most popular fruit platter at the Cantonese-affected Bonnie’s, also in Williamsburg, with star fruit, witch finger grapes, dragon fruit, lychee, orange slices and mango. It is as considerate as the immigrant mom and dad who inspired it. (Pete Wells advises having to the doorway the second it opens if you want a seat.)

I simply cannot say whether or not the dessert menu is back again or not, but I’m absolutely sure that it even now issues to individuals who, like myself, take into account themselves dining completists.


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