[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Every since Pain D'Avignon opened inside the Plaza Food Hall, I've been finding as many excuses as possible to stop by the hotel. For savories (quiches!), miniature sandwiches, and of course, the sweets. We already talked about the Croissant Bread Pudding (which they're now doing with peaches), and today we're having the Apple Crumb Cake ($4).

It comes with equal amounts of buttery shortbread, apple center, and a crushed pecan crumb topping. One thing you'll notice is that the apples are shredded, not chopped. They're spiced with cinnamon and the whole pecan and brown sugar pairing work perfectly as expected. That shortbread base could benefit from more sugar, but the texture is spot on.

Pain D'Avignon

1 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10022 (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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