Every time I visit the Dessert Truck or Dessert Truck Works (their brick and mortar store front in the East Village) I’m reminded of all the reasons I love this place. Let’s take an inventory shall we? First, I love their model: three-star, restaurant quality plated desserts without having to drop $100+ on dinner. Second, they always have something new on the menu like goat’s milk cheese cake. Third, they often have a special combo deal such as a large dessert, macaron and coffee for $8.00. How can you beat that? You can’t!
I usually order one of their large desserts for $6. If you’re a first timer I recommend the chocolate bread pudding. But this past Saturday I had to go a little lighter since I just came from eating a Melt Bakery fried apple pie and 3 Macaron Parlour macarons at the Hester Street Fair (ended for the winter). So that meant a sensible meal of a chocolate tart and a salted caramel macaron.
The huge chocolate tart really stands out in the pastry case compared to all the dainty little French pastries. You could easily split it between 3 people if you order a few other items. The density of the chocolate inside falls somewhere between a thick mousse and flourless chocolate cake, but leans more towards the mousse. It’s not a super dark, bitter chocolate, again it’s somewhere in between bittersweet and dark. The crust is ultra-thin and delicate. Mostly it just serves as a great container for the filling. Underneath it all is a flat and delicate cookie that makes eating this tart easy since no chocolate touches the plate. The tart was even better at room temperature after I took it home (I had a few bites with house made whipped cream at the shop before it warmed up).
The French macarons at Dessert Truck Works at $2.00 have to be one of the best values in fine desserts in New York. They are nearly twice the size of a standard Macaron such as those found at the Macaron Cafe which cost $2.25. Get any flavor, they’re all good and they don’t make huge batches and then keep them around for days to get stale like some others do. I had the caramel on Sat.
Recommended: (monster) chocolate tart, macarons, any of their “main” desserts.
Dessert Truck Works is located at 6 Clinton St.
Melt Bakery’s web site is here. (post coming soon)
The Macaron Parlour’s web site is here. (post coming soon)