[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

How cute is this? The Cookie Plate ($9) at ABC Kitchen is perfect for sharing, especially in the afternoon, with two seats at the bar and cocktails to match. Start with the chocolate chip cookie, salted just so with nuggets of melted dark chocolate in each bite. Then move on to the tiny, buttery shortbread rounds topped with a dollop of lemon curd. The curd is supple with a sweet-tart finish and just begs for warm scones and a pot of tea. But hurry along, there's an excellent cheesecake accented with honey and paired with kumquats. And for your final bite, split that mallomar right down the middle. It's fluffy marshmallow whispers and a graham cracker base, all coated in dark chocolate—you can't go wrong.

ABC Kitchen

35 East 18th Street, New York, NY 10003 (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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