[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

This Caramel Panna Cotta ($10) comes back on the menu every autumn at Otto. The toppings change (last year's version featured pears and brown butter crumble), but you can always count on diving into a deep bowl of supple, smooth and gently spiced panna cotta. The caramel is rich in that haunting, smoky sort of way, and it pairs perfectly with a serving of crème fraîche gelato. To complete, a spoonful of candied pistachios and sweet roasted figs comes on top as well.


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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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