[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

At Three Tarts in Chelsea, everything has a touch of whimsy, hot steamers ($4) included. Instead of the usual shot of vanilla or other flavored syrup, the steamers here come topped with your choice of two housemade marshmallows. I tried a variety of marshmallow flavors (which change seasonally), including strawberry-basil, yuzu, and raspberry. But my favorite for the steamer is the sweet mango, which melts right into the steamer for a creamy, fruity finish. The ideal pairing? A tiny two-bite sweet ($1.70) featuring glazed kumquats nestled in a tart with frangipane filling.

Three Tarts

164 9th Avenue New York, NY 10011 (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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