Dessert at Meatpacking District's Manon Surprisingly Upscale

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[Photographs: Niko Triantafillou]

Manon's pastry chef Beth Bosmeny left three-Michelin starred Eleven Madison Park and the tutelage  of James Beard award-winning executive pastry chef Angela Pinkerton, for the "glitzy," multi-floor Meatpacking District restaurant.

On first glance, it would seem an odd choice. However, they seem to have given her freedom to create some forward-thinking desserts. One such example is a Quark Cheesecake ($11) made with a fresh, drained cow milk cheese formed from warm, sour milk.

Though Bosemy refers to the dish as a "cheesecake," the cake never sees the inside of an oven. Instead, the batter is cooked on a stovetop via a double boiler until it thickens, after which it's loaded into a pastry bag and piped onto a plate. The quark, when combined with some vanilla bean, standard cream cheese, and egg, makes an immensely tangy and flavorful cheesecake with a texture similar to light mousse or ganache.

Manon's quark cheese cake

I enjoyed the copious amount of fresh berries.

The artfully piped tube of cheesecake makes up less than half the dessert by volume. The largest component is actually a selection of perfectly ripe raspberries, black berries, strawberries and blueberries. A highly tart (and delicious) lime sherbet—that will make your lips pucker—balances both the sweet and creaminess of the cheese. The harmony of these flavors reminds me of a good Key lime pie.

Two light and airy cherry hibiscus madeleines provide a more comforting element, but a small pool of caramel-juniper-flavored powder reminds you that this is still a modern dessert.

Close-up of Manon's quark cheese cake

A close-up of the piped cheesecake showing the tiny flecks of real vanilla bean.

Manon may be flashy and get a lot of press for their cocktail menu, but clearly they wanted to have first-rate, fine dining-style desserts, and they brought in the talent to make that happen.

About the author: Native New Yorker Niko Triantafillou is the founder of and an unabashed foodie nerdling. You can follow him on Twitter at @DessertBuzz.

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