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New York's Best Winter Desserts 2016
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New York’s Most Noteworthy Winter Desserts

18-fall-preview-food-25084-b.w600.h400It’ll be ice cream season before you know it, but until then, you might as well get your last licks of winter’s most swoonworthy sweets — from Michael Laiskonis’ Candied Chestnut Monte Bianco at La Sirena to April Bloomfield’s Parsnip Chiffon Pie at Salvation Burger & the Coffee Almond Date Cake at High Street on Hudson.  There are some delicious doozies this season…

La Sirena

La Sirena
88 Ninth Ave.
Chelsea,New York 10011
(212) 977-6096

Located in the Maritime Hotel, La Sirena is the first new Batali & Bastianich project to launch in almost a decade.  So it’s no wonder foodies are flocking for regional Italian eats like leek and spinach Panzotti, Beef Braciole with spicy breadcrumbs and — considering they’ve nabbed former Le Bernardin pastry chef, Michael Laiskonis — inventive sweet treats, like a “Monte Bianco,” made with candied chestnuts, roasted pear, and whipped cream; a “Baba Amaro” with citrus and amaro-soaked cake, basil gelato and bergamot, and a “Torta Ubriaco” with brioche, rum custard, roasted pineapple, and fiore de latte gelato.

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Salvation Burger

Salvation Burger
230 E 51st St.
Midtown East,New York 10022
(646) 277-2900

Yes, burgers are at the forefront (made with house butchered, dry-aged and ground meat) at April Bloomfield’s newest juggernaut, but any comfort food haven worth its french fries requires an equally sinful lineup of desserts.  And Salvation’s offerings don’t disappoint — from a duo of deep-fried Hand Pies (filled with luscious lemon curd or cinnamon sugar-dusted, cider-soused apples), or a quadrant of slices, including slightly savory Parsnip Chiffon Pie with a gingersnap crust, a Grapefruit Sesame Pie, rich was rosewater cream and candied ginger, and an Amaretti Ice Box Pie, stacked with anise cream and amaretti cookies.

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High Street on Hudson

High Street on Hudson
637 Hudson St
West Village,New York 10014
(917) 388-3944

Since High Street is all about that bake (we’re talking incredible breads, courtesy of the James Beard Award nominated Alex Bois), it goes without saying that desserts are noteworthy too.  In addition to daytime pastries, such as Kabocha Cake, Meyer Lemon Cream Puffs and Hazelnut Fig “Escargot,” dinnertime delights include a slightly savory take on Affogato; stiff espresso poured over caraway-rye ice cream, and topped with a smoked malt graham cracker.

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Untitled

Untitled
99 Gansevoort St
Meatpacking District,New York 10014

Michael Anthony and his pastry chef, Miro Uskokovic (formerly of Jean-Georges and Aldea), have been a dream team since 2013, and the pair recently parlayed their success at Gramercy Tavern into an equally strong showing at Untitled.  Uskokovic has won raves for his Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, but it’s only one of a slew of killer sweets, including a hot Fudge Truffle Cake with candies kumquats, a Sticky Toffee Cake with pears and chai, and a to-die-for Banana Cake with hazelnut brittle and concord grapes.

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Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird
5 King Street
Soho,New York 10012
(212) 235-7133

If you can’t snag a spot at the hotter-than-hot Pasquale Jones, consider trying your luck at its enduringly popular big sibling, Charlie Bird, for chic Italian dishes like Octopus Saltimbocca and Crispy Chicken with herb salad, followed by Sicilian Panne Cotta with gingerbread or Winesap Apple Olive Oil Cake with mascarpone and a salty oat crumble.

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Acme

Acme
9 Great Jones Street
NoHo,New York 10012
(212) 203-2121

In its considerably more approachable iteration (the New Nordic Acme originated under Noma co-founder, Mads Refslund), Acme is serving French brasserie classics, accompanied by newly rustic desserts, including Ricotta Cheesecake with raisins and rum, Orange Sherbet paved with chocolate crumble, and a cool weather Quince Tart, flavored with saffron and caramel, & accompanied by tart yogurt ice cream.

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Rebelle

Rebelle
218 Bowery
Bowery,New York 10012
(917) 639-3880

Rebelle has one of the city’s most talented young pastry chefs in its corner (Per Se’s Jessica Yang), so be sure to save room for winter-inspired sweets, such as a Coconut Cream Tart, a creamy Chocolate Torte with caramelia ganache and sheep’s milk sorbet.  Lest we forget the shareable Flaugnarde Pruneaux, heady with dates, walnuts and cognac.

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Indian Accent

Indian Accent
123 W 56th St
Midtown West,New York 10019
(212) 842-8070

An outpost of New Delhi’s most esteemed fine dining restaurant, the just-opened Indian Accent offers gorgeously plated, beyond-curry fare, such as Baby Squid with crispy rice and everything chutney, as well as Wild Boar Pickles with prawn balchao, along with refined sweets like silky Makhan Malai with saffron milk, Doda Barfi Treacle Tart, Besan Ladoo Cheesecake with amaranth, and Crispy Seviyan Rice Pudding, topped with coconut jaggery ice cream.

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