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Entries in sweets (55)

Friday
Dec132013

The Best Desserts in New York City

Here are my picks for the best desserts in New York City, in no particular order. These are the desserts I go back for, again and again. (Maggie, this post is for you!)

- Macarons from Laduree. No one in Manhattan does macarons better. 

Banana Mille-feuille from Lady M. Super light, fluffy, and delicious. 

- Perfectly crisp on the outside, and gooey on the inside, the Chocolate Chip Walnut cookie from Levain Bakery is the perfect cookie. It's huge, so it's one to share.

Mini Madeleines, made to order, from Dominique Ansel.

- My cousin Pam lives dangerously close to Georgetown Bakery in Soho and she's the one that introduced me to their cupcakes. My favorite is the Lava Fudge, which is only available on Fridays and Sundays. 

- The Mochi Donut at Cafe Zaiya is an old favorite. It's nice and chewy, and with the right amount of sweetness. (Sorry, no photo.) 

Cookie and Cupcake Photo Credits: From Linked Sources

Tuesday
Nov262013

Tea at Three // Soho Grand

Tea at three at the Soho Grand. I love to take break in the afternoon with a nice cup of tea and sweets in a relaxing hotel lounge. 

Immediately flipped the page to the hot beverages section and selected a green tea. Found out from the server that their green tea is a sencha. Selected a dessert to go with it.

Taking a look at the space from where Georgia and I sat. We were in The Salon, which is located on the second floor of the hotel.

Sencha, served loose in paper filters. So relaxing.

Time for sweets! I went with the Sweet Potato Meringue Pie. Almost too pretty to eat. 

INFO: The Salon at the Soho Grand | 310 West Broadway | New York, NY 10013 | 212.965.3000

Wednesday
Nov202013

Lady M Bryant Park Boutique 

Lady M opened a new location right by Bryant Park, so I went for tea and sweets one afternoon. Check out my visits to the Lady M Confections on the Upper East Side, and the Plaza Food Hall.

Looking over the menu, I went with a Mont Blanc, since I love chestnuts.

A quick look at the cakes up front to see if any catch my eye. (I did take the Strawberry Shortcake and my favorite, Banana Mille-feuille, to take home.)

I ordered a green tea to enjoy with my Mont Blanc, which I didn't realize was all cream & puree. I should have gotten the Gâteau aux Marrons instead since it's the same flavors, but in a cake. Next time!

I was surprised by how bustling this Midtown location was compared to the one on the Upper East Side. Totally different vibe and at 2:30PM, the place was fairly full. Only around 3:30PM, did it start slowing down a bit and I got to relax and enjoy the last sips of my green tea.

P.S. Lady M is by the same people who run Royce' Chocolate, which is conveniently located a couple of doors down. (Enter the Royce' giveaway before it ends!)

INFO: Lady M Bryant Park Boutique | 36 West 40th Street | New York, NY 10018 | 212.452.2222

Tuesday
Oct012013

Macaron Parlour

Took a walk over to Macaron Parlour in the East Village to meet up with a friend and chat over tea and sweets. 

With the bright white awning, it was easy to spot while walking down the street.

Walking in, I was greeted by this adorable macaron display. Pretty!

I was disappointed to see that the macarons were in a case since you really have no idea how fresh these are. The ones in glass enclosed, refrigerated cases never taste as good as the ones that are left out at room temperature. 

Walking further in, sweets. It was around 5PM when I went, so the pickings were slim. 

I ordered a half raspberry lemonade/half iced tea. It was a little on the sweet side. As for macarons, I got two. One, Earl Grey, and the other, S'mores. The outer shell was a little gummy and lacked the distinct delicate crispness of a great macaron. The flavors were good though. 

Macarons from Ladurée are my favorite -- by FAR. No other macaron in New York has it beat.

I also got the cinnamon sticky buns, which basically had a coating of the sticky on top of a flaky donut. It was a little dry; I wish I had tried it when it came straight out of the oven.

INFO: Macaron Parlour | 111 St. Marks Place btw 1st & Ave A | 212.387.9169

Monday
Aug262013

Mini Eclairs at Lafayette Bakery

Saw this tweet from Jennifer Yee, the pastry chef at Lafayette Grand Cafe & Bakery, Saturday night and headed over to get some of these mini sweets, on Sunday.

Adorable! Three mini eclairs ($2 each) with different fillings: Butterscotch Coffee, Chocolate, and Lemon Meringue. Glad I was able to go on Sunday since they were only offered that day.

Two bites each and they were gone. 

//Props used: Mini Cake Stands from Macy's.//