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Archive for January, 2011

Friedman's Lunch apple and pear crisp

I love Friedman’s Lunch in Chelsea Market.  They have the best fish tacos in Manhattan as well as a few other simple but perfectly made comfort foods.  A visit to Friedman’s means I can also hit some of my favorite Chelsea Market vendors, such as, Jacques Torres, Lucy’s Whey (cheese) and Amy’s Bread.


Financier Patisserie’s excellent macarons

Posted by Niko on January 26th, 2011

Financier patisserie large macarons

Last week I posted about Panya’s huge $1.50 macarons and noted that they tasted fine but sometimes seemed a bit stale.  A friend, who is an accomplished baker, pointed out in the comments that Finacier Patisserie, who generally makes excellent french pastries, also sells large sized macarons for only $2.25, a price well below the NYC average (about $2.25 for a 1.5″ cookie). In an effort to actually provide some useful information to my readers I decided to investigate. (more…)

Bouchon Bakery Peanut Butter and Jelly Macaron

It may be freezing here in NYC but peanuts and jelly are in season at Bouchon!  That’s right, the seasonal macaron at Bouchon Bakery is PB & J.  For a mere $3.25 you can get an extra large size French Macaron filled with delicious peanut butter and house made jelly.  My photos don’t capture the magenta coloring of the cookie but don’t be fooled, the staff told me that despite it’s berry flavored color the cookie doesn’t have a flavor.  The photo also makes the macaron look a bit “crackely”–while the crust wasn’t super soft it wasn’t hard either.


Huge Macarons for $1.50 at PanYa

Posted by Niko on January 21st, 2011

Pan Ya Raspberry rose buttercream Macaron

I’m not going to lie, the PanYa macaron is not the best or even second best in the Village.  That said, in this over-priced city, if you just need a fix, you simply can’t beat the value.  Only a $1.50 for a macaron that’s bigger than a golfball! That’s more than two times the average NYC macaron.  So what’s the catch?  The main shortcoming of this cookie is that the crust is very fragile and “crackly.”  It’s almost like they were sitting around too long.  The flavors themselves are solid, it’s only that texture problem. I’d like to try these when a fresh batch comes out and see what the deal is. (more…)

Breaking: Bourdain like’s Fabio’s cheesecake!

Posted by Niko on January 19th, 2011

Fabio making his "excellent" Cheese Cake

Last night on Top Chef Anthony Bourdain finally loved something Fabio made and said so on the show.  And fabio doesn’t even really like making desserts.    He didn’t win, but he came close.

See Part I here: Fabio discusses Top Chef: All Stars  and a life-threatening pie craving!- coming soon!  Read Part II  here.

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We have a “Situation” at Dessert Club, Chikalicious

Posted by Niko on January 17th, 2011

Dessert Club Chikalicious NYC

On Saturday night, after seeing a rousing and inspiring production of Ameriville at The Public Theater we headed to Spot Dessert Bar to get our sugar on. Unfortunately, Spot had most of the place reserved for a big party and said the wait would be 45 mins!  So we headed East to Dessert Club, Chikalicious.

Salted Caramel Macaron from Chikalicious

The “Situation” (pictured)  is a massive $4 cookie that contains tortilla chips, pretzels, marshmallow and chocolate chunks.  You may be thinking “hey this sounds a lot like a Momofuku compost cookie!”  It is similar, but the Situation is much less sweet and has even more “stuff'” inside (bigger pieces of stuff too).  I prefer it to the compost.  There’s also a sister cookie called the Situation Dark which has a dark chocolate cookie base, peanut butter chips and toffee popcorn in addition to everything in the regular.

chocolate Macaron from Chikalicious NYC

The last few months DessertBuzz has been eating a lot of macarons–some good, some not so good.  The not-so-good ones are usually just stale with a “crackly” surface.  I’m happy to say that was not the case with the two really superb macarons we had on Saturday – a salted caramel and a chocolate (both $2).  They both had a perfectly soft outside and a nice flavorful paste inside. The salted caramel had just the right amount of sweetness too.

S'Mores cupcake with Chocolate ganache center

Don’t forget the classic desserts that made Dessert Club Chikalicious famous like the S’Mores cupcake ($2.60) with a chocolate ganache center.  These, super-moist cupcakes are small so you should get a few and share.

Recommended: The Situation cookie, macarons.

Dessert Club Chikalicious is located on 204 East 10th Street (at 2nd Ave).  Their website is here.

Rosa Mexicano Dessert: The Hazelnut Cupcake

When I’m looking for a restaurant in New York City that most closely resembles those found in Las Vegas, I always head straight for Rosa Mexicana.

After some delicious guacamole and fish tacos it was time to order the dessert our waiter recommended.  “Everyone loves the cupcake” he said.  So we ordered the “Pingüino  Hazelnut Chocolate Cupcake” with  homemade Mexican chocolate.  It’s  filled with hazelnut mousse and topped with créme fraiche whipped cream and also comes with an espresso-piloncillo-chocolate sauce. (more…)