There is one dessert offered at Takashi in the West Village, and it's excellent: house-made Madagascar vanilla soft-serve. Order it plain for $5 a serving, letting the pure vanilla flavors take center stage in the soft-serve's dense and supple consistency. But things get fun with toppings. Four toppings, $2 each: sweet azuki beans; kurogoma kinako (otherwise known as black sesame) and soybean flour; mochi; and hojicha or matcha syrup. Perhaps there are too many options. And that's why they have "Why choose? I'll have it with the works" listed on the menu. $10 for the soft-serve and all the toppings. That is the route you should take—finished in gold leaves, it's a picturesque creation with all the textural contrast you could desire. Do note, they won't let you have both hojicha and matcha syrup, so pick the former, the roasted element of hojicha tea incredible in the form of a deep caramelized slow-flowing syrup.
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.