[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

For all you canelé fans out there—put Petrossian on your list of go-to places. In addition to Balthazar, and Les Canelés de Céline, this upscale French caviar house bakes fresh canelés on a daily basis. They're smartly priced at $2.50 each and just the right size. They only bake a dozen a day, no less and no more. Make it a morning treat; they often run out prior to noon. With a warming scent of vanilla, the inside is all custardy moist and lightly sweet, while the caramelized exterior is a deep, almost burnt golden brown. And since you're here for breakfast, look out for the Cherry and Almond Financier; it's less of a financier than a mini-loaf cake, a bargain at $3.75, easily shared between two. The top comes sprinkled in toasted almonds and the buttery cake, made with an extra dose of ground almonds, is studded with sweet cherries.


911 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019 (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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