The Chocolate Marquise ($9) from Spot Dessert Bar in the East Village is a three-part affair. Working our way from top down is the chocolate marquise itself, a glitter-dusted rectangle, made from a wealth of dark chocolate, heavy cream, and egg yolks. Served cool and dusted in chocolate crumbs. Alternate the ganache-like bites with spoonfuls of Alfonso mango tapioca, a fruity contrast. And to finish, Yakult ice cream, my favorite part of the dessert. I'm sure many people have fond memories of this drink—Yakult is a Japanese pro-biotic drink, milky in texture with a taste not unlike yogurt. I grew up with this drink in Hawai'i—it's less common on the East Coast, so I was particularly excited to find it in the form of ice cream. The result is a creamy, tangy concoction, a light pairing to the heavier elements of the plate.
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