Did Gotham Bar & Grill Make the Perfect Fancy Fall Dessert?

Sugar Rush

Your daily dose of something sweet.

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[Photographs: Niko Triantafillou]

If ever there was a fancy plated dessert that captures the essence of fall, Gotham Bar and Grill's Pumpkin Soufflé ($16) is it. But this dessert is about more than just pumpkin. Executive Pastry Chef Ron Paprocki cleverly incorporates a host of other ingredients that will make any diner nostalgic for the holidays.

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Let's start with the perfectly executed soufflé. It's tiny, but each spoonful contains a delicate and airy mix of pumpkin, ginger, and cinnamon. As you work your way through the soufflé, you can see and smell the thick concentration of vanilla beans throughout.

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The "secondary" components on the plate, like the espresso-infused dulce panna cotta, are as thoughtfully composed as the soufflé. Accompanying the soft panna cotta is a gingerbread cake and a crunchy pecan streusel for some crunch amid all the smoothness. A thick and slightly tart candied cranberry sauce helps to balance the sweeter components. The cranberry sauce is also swirled into the yogurt ice cream.

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Gotham's Tarte tatin is worth a special trip

There you have it—all the flavors of fall packed into one neat dessert.

Though I'd be remiss not to also at least mention Ron Paprocki's Tarte Tatin ($28 for two), a masterpiece that's worthy of special dessert-only visit to Gotham Bar and Grill.