[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Inside The Pierre's Two E Bar/Lounge (also home to one our favorite spots for afternoon tea), Strawberry Napoleons ($10) are assembled à la minute. Each come to the table as little towers of endless layers of flaky puff pastry and cool, luxurious vanilla bean crème patisserie. The edges are polished with crushed puff pastry crumbs, and you'll find ripe strawberry slices neatly tucked in the center, as well as on top. The Napoleons are served with macerated strawberries tossed with toasted hazelnuts and a potent basil coulis.

Two E Bar/Lounge at The Pierre

2 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065 (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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