In September, the James Beard Award winning chef Michel Richard, opened Pomme Palais, a pricy French patisserie and to-go lunch spot, adjacent to the New York Palace hotel. They feature a selection of classic and modern pastries as well as high-end sandwiches.
The Eggceptional Tartlette($6) looks like the Michelin-starred version of a lemon meringue pie. It's very light—maybe only four or five bites. Two soft white chocolate "egg shells" hold a light meringue, inside which is a small "yolk" of tangy lemon curd. The eggs rest on a crunchy bed of "twigs" made from shredded filo dough—a fun gift with a cool presentation that won't weigh anyone down.
Pomme Palais' Strawberry Eclair ($5) is superb. The choux pastry has the perfect crumb—slightly crispy but not dry—and is a perfect cylinder from end to end. The vanilla pastry cream is equally excellent—it's not too sweet and the vanilla flavor is bold. A strawberry glaze on top isn't for show; its light berry flavor pairs nicely with the four ripe strawberry slices on top. Definitely one of the better eclairs I've had in a while.
About the author: Native New Yorker Niko Triantafillou is the founder of DessertBuzz.com his photographs of desserts and pastry chefs have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Dessert Professional Magazine. He is an unabashed foodie nerdling. Follow him on Twitter at @DessertBuzz.