[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

Charbonnel et Walker is tucked away on the 8th floor of Saks Fifth Avenue, a little chocolate emporium with chocolates and plated sweets delivered on a conveyor belt. Pull up to a seat at the dessert bar and order the Banoffee Pie ($7), a beloved English creation that's nothing but comfort. The Charbonnel et Walker version isn't traditional, but still delicious. The base of the deep ramekin is filled with crushed butter biscuits, layered with sliced bananas, a pour of toffee sauce and plenty of thick, fresh whipped cream. Grated milk chocolate tops off the "pie" and all you need is a spoon. Certainly not a bad break from shoe shopping.

Charbonnel et Walker

Inside Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 5th Avenue 8th Floor, New York, NY 10020 (map)

About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.

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