Mille crepes is doubtlessly the first thought that pops into mind upon hearing the name Lady M, the confectionery on the Upper East Side. Dreams of airy thin crepes stacked upon each other, separated only by brushes of custard cream, is enough to lure even the weariest sweet tooth from its cave.
But such common affection for the crepe cake means other desserts at Lady M are oft unfairly overlooked. This must be fixed—we must reconfigure our gaze! The ever graceful gâteau aux marrons, with tender layers of almond cake and chilled whipped cream, is equally swoonworthy, if not even more so than the famed mille crepe. At $9 a piece, these delicate wedges are far from recession-friendly. But if we can splurge for $40 steak, there's nothing wrong with substituting a $9 cake, now is there? Especially when the cake comes with piped tangles of lush chestnut cream and walnuts.