[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

At Gotham Bar & Grill, any dessert on the lunch prix fixe menu is just an additional $7, a bargain for this restaurant where the regular dessert menu run into the mid-teens. There's always three offerings—their classic and super-indulgent Gotham chocolate cake, assorted sorbets, and then a seasonal dessert. The current seasonal special is a Fig Mousse Cake. It's pure in flavor, light and borderline foamy, topped with matching gelée. It rests on a thin cake layer that bears an uncanny resemblance to the much-loved Chinese sponge cakes. It's an ideal pairing of textures, especially when accompanied with vanilla bean-specked ice cream and a crown of soft bites of quartered caramelized figs. If you dissect it, you'll find almond elements here in the form of a paper thin brittle and also an almond nougatine. Alone, it's reason enough to pay a lunch visit to Gotham Bar & Grill.

Gotham Bar & Grill

12 East 12th Street, New York NY 10003 (map)

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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