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[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

Ian Chalermkittichai is the new chef of Spot Dessert Bar in the East Village. He's done wonders with the new menu, keeping a few favorites, but introducing a whole new line of plated desserts (and also a savory brunch on the weekends). The plated desserts will change with the season, but for fall, I'd recommend the simultaneously silky and dense Smoked Coconut Cheesecake. The smoke flavor is subtle and lingering, and the cheesecake sports shaved white chocolate over the surface and an Oreo crumb base. Alternate bites with nata de coco cubes and a scatter of macerated blueberries. Each dessert is perfectly sized for one, but since they are called dessert tapas, it's perfectly fine to eat two plates or even more. (As far as I'm concerned.)

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There's a Thai Tea Crème Brûlée, beautifully plated and accompanied by a shot glass of hot Thai tea. Or maybe matcha is more your thing? If so, Green Tea-ramisu is on the menu, neatly tucked into a handsome wooden box with a spoon to match. The "tea-ramisu" layers matcha cake (concocted from a madeleine and sponge cake batter) with a thick, barely sweetened matcha cream, and a shaved matcha and white chocolate blend. Is that matcha enough for you? More cream is poured tableside; all you have to do is dig in and devour. And if you are so inclined, finish on a sweet-savory Bacon-Date Cupcake. It's their best cupcake, and the only one on the menu that trails into savory territory with a caramelized bacon nugget tucked into the center.

Spot Dessert Bar

13 Saint Marks Place, New York, NY 10003 (map)
212-677-5670
spotdessertbar.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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