Dessert Tasting Menus Are a Thing, Because of Course They Are
For some people, dessert is a nice, optional afterthought to a meal. And then there are those of us who would happily skip dinner if it meant more room for ganache. If you fall into the latter camp, we have good news: These prix fixe menus make sweets the main event.
The Michelin-decorated pastry chef at this Flatiron spot also makes a mean kouign amann, and his latest offering is a six-course menu, served in a swanky new downstairs space. Sure, it’ll cost you $68 (with optional $52 drink pairing), but when else are you going to get such impressive creations as miso-pink grapefruit meringue and boozy gummy bear “shots”?
20 W. 23rd St.; 929-423-8880 or patisseriechanson.com
ChikaLicious Dessert Bar
The East Village’s Little Tokyo is a great place to find ramen, yakitori and the gorgeous offerings from Chef Chika Tillman. Across the street from the more casual Dessert Club, the sit-down annex serves an $18 three-course prix fixe, featuring an amuse, your choice of dessert and a selection of petits fours (aka adorable mini cakes).
203 E. Tenth St.; 212-995-9511 or chikalicious.com
We already love this French-meets-Japanese bakery for its gorgeous cakes, so we’re obviously on board with its daily-changing prix fixe (sample course: sesame crème brûlée with sake ice cream) with optional wine pairing.
568 Union Ave., Brooklyn; 718-388-7121 or patisserietomoko.com
Spot Dessert Bar
Why didn’t someone come up with the concept of “dessert tapas” sooner? Order a couple or spring for the full omakase so you can try as much of the Instagram-worthy menu as possible. (The chocolate green-tea lava cake is guaranteed to bring the likes.)
13 St. Marks Pl.; 212-677-5670 or spotdessertbar.com
U.P. (Unlimited Possibilities)
Of course NYC’s modern-day Willy Wonka—Dominique Ansel—has his own spin on the concept: an after-hours chef’s table dedicated to inventive, themed menus like “dessert barbecue.” Note that U.P. is open only select months of the year and advance tickets are a must.
137 Seventh Ave. S.; dominiqueanselkitchen.com/up