At the new O Cafe on the corner of 6th Avenue and 12th Street, the Pao de Mel ($3.50) is one of the few goods baked in-house. The honey cake is sticky, dense, and mildly sweet with chopped walnuts. Dipped in a glossy cover of dark chocolate, the nutmeg-rich cake brings to mind Honey Cakes sold at nearby Bee Desserts, only these are more rustic and hearty. If you crave a tiny savory bite to follow this cake, fork over $1.50 for Pao de Queijo, house-baked. The chewy Brazillian cheese bread is sold by tiny, indulgent two-bite rounds. They're cheesy with a distinctive, satisfying mochi-like chew. A perfect follow-up to balance sweet with savory.
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.