BEST NYC SWEET SPOTS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
As you know our local agent experts are always searching for the Best of each area of New York City and beyond to share with you. This time we went outside our firm for some expertise and our media partner, Gotham Magazine. The experts at the popular socialite magazine shared with us their best sweet spots in New York City to get that perfect culinary gift for your loved one on Valentines Day.
Here is what they came up with:
A Cupid-Themed Religieuse
Yes, the Cronut may be one of New York’s top dessert fads, but the hoopla surrounding this new hybrid is no reason to forgo Dominique Ansel’s other pastry delights, like his custardy canelé de Bordeaux and the black and blue Pavlova with blackberries. Fans of Ansel’s treats include Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey, and Hugh Jackman. On Valentine’s Day, almost every item in the shop is baked, frosted, or dusted pink, and the veteran Daniel Boulud chef will turn out a festive religieuse—a crème-filled stack of two choux pastries frosted to look like Cupid with a heart-shaped arrow and wings.
189 Spring St., 212-219-2773
The Louvre Cake
Culinary legend François Payard started at his grandfather’s Riviera pâtisserie and later finessed his pastry skills at Manhattan gastronomic temples Le Bernadin and Daniel. His flagship, which doles out chocolates, macarons, and viennoiseries (pain au chocolat and the like), opened just over a year ago on the Upper East Side and was an instant hit. Try the top-selling Louvre—a hazelnut and chocolate mousse dacquoise cake—or the George V, a confection fit for a royal, with dark chocolate coating a vanilla and chocolate mousse, and a roasted peanut and salted caramel core.
1293 Third Ave., 212-717-5252
The Mille Crêpe Cake
Lady M Confections
Lady M’s intricate masterpieces take center stage at this white minimalist jewel box, which is the baker’s original boutique, having opened in 2001 (there are now stores in Singapore and Los Angeles). Here the French pastries are as gorgeous as they are delicious, which is no doubt why Martha Stewart and Jason Wu are longtime fans. Favorites include the flan aux pommes, gateau fromage, and 20-layer mille crêpes cake in such flavors as citron, chocolate, and coconut.
41 E. 78th St.; 1 W. 59th St.; 36 W. 40th St., 212-452-2222
Momofuku Milk Bar
Asian fusion restaurateur David Chang brings unique yet addictive flavor combos to the dessert course at his ever-popular Milk Bars. Wes Anderson, Jimmy Fallon, and Karlie Kloss are fans of the cheekily named Crack Pie, so labeled for the addictive nature of its secret brown sugar and butter filling. Winter creations include the pumpkin ganache and graham cracker layered cake, the mint-cookies-and-cream-cheese cake, and a decadent apple blondie pie.
251 E. 13th St.; 15 W. 56th St.; 561 Columbus Ave., 347-577-9504
Belgian Meringue Cakes
Belgian merveilleux cakes—layers of meringue topped with whipped cream—are a recent trendster favorite. Find them at this Upper East Side Belgian bakery, which makes merveilleux with white or dark chocolate, as well as one flavored with speculoos—shortcrust cookies baked with aromatic spices. The shop offers brioches and other confections as well.
1509 Second Ave., 646-681-8688
Chef Michel Richard has counted presidents and celebrities as fans, but boldfacer approval alone can’t guarantee success in this city’s competitive culinary environment. However, Richard’s Pomme Palais (the name is a French twist on the city’s moniker, the Big Apple, and the bakery’s location, the New York Palace hotel) is sure to make its mark with such sweet and savory sensations as Gruyère gougères, white chocolate and lemon curd “eggceptionals,” tuile cookies, and artfully designed éclairs.
30 E. 51st St., 212-303-7755
Danish Pancake Bonbons
Sugar and Plumm
Sweets emporium Sugar and Plumm produces a wide range of sugary creations, from crème brûlée cookies to ebelskivers, best described as Danish pancake bonbons (available only at the downtown location). The candy-colored shop was modeled after a Parisian pâtisserie by design luminary David Rockwell and has drawn in names like Katie Holmes, Blake Lively, and Brooke Burke.
377 Amsterdam Ave., 212-787-8778; 257 Bleecker St., 212-388-5757
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