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[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

Buddakan might not be the first destination that comes to mind when you crave dessert, but loyal fans of pastry chef Vera Tong (previously at Dovetail on the Upper West Side) will attest to the sheer indulgence known as her Peanut Butter Bar. Peanut butter cream, something like a luxuriously light semifreddo, is coated in a crackle-thin shell of chocolate and smokey honey-caramel. It comes fairly close to the dream peanut butter-chocolate bar in both texture and flavor, with chilled creamy spoonfuls of peanut butter, rich but not overwhelming, and a lighter finish of chocolate. Lest you think the bar alone isn't peanut butter-y enough, it's accompanied by a quenelle of peanut butter ice cream with just enough of a salty kick. Take a bit of that peanut powder, sprinkle it on your tongue; it melts so nicely!

Buddakan

75 9th Avenue, New York NY 10011 (map)
212-989-6699
buddakannyc.com

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.

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