[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Regardless of when you visit Balthazar Bakery, you will always find a Rustic Galette ($5.95) on the menu. The seasonal fruit toppings change often—think plums, berries, and peaches—but you can always count on that generously sized and supremely flaky tart. Well-browned, with layer upon layer of puff pastry, it's outfitted with a thick brush of nutty frangipane in which the ground almonds are more coarse than fine. They're currently using figs for the fruit, thinly sliced and caramelized after a run in the oven. It's finished with a rim of toasted almonds and fresh raspberries in the center, and the only thing that could make this better is an order of their hot ginger-citrus tea on the side.

Balthazar Bakery

80 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012 (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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