[Photo: Kathy Chan]

Only during the holiday season does Balthazar turn out these utterly beautiful Linzer tarts ($5.50). A delicate, crumbly crust made from plenty of ground almonds, a touch of spice and sugar, and egg yolks. The filling? Loose, tart raspberry jam, seeds and all, spilling just a bit over the edges. To top, a quartet of nutty leaf cutouts that, oddly enough, couldn't help but remind me of Eleven Madison Park's logo.

Balthazar Bakery

80 Spring Street, New York NY 10012 (map)


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