Just because Bisous Ciao is a macaron specialty shop (and a damn good one at that) doesn't mean they can't join the fun and offer a special non-macaron, seasonal pumpkin pastry. Enter their beautiful Pumpkin Tresor ($6).
The Pumpkin Tresor dessert (tresor means "treasure" in French) is much more than just an oversized pumpkin macaron. Though the shells are macaron cookies, the interior is more like a multi-layered entremet with four pumpkin-based components.
First there's a thick and creamy pumpkin cremeux that rings the inside of the shells. The center contains a square of pumpkin cake that's surrounded by a slightly spicy pumpkin ganache. Some pumpkin seeds on top of the cake layer add some texture, and three green marshmallow kisses and a dusting of pumpkin seed flour add to the beautiful, holiday-invoking presentation.
Most people will probably eat this delicate dessert with a knife and fork but I found that picking up half the pastry and eating it like a sandwich was very satisfying. The small Tresor is large enough for two people to split, however Bisous also sells a larger version that feeds four ($25). They often sell out on weekends so go early if you plan to buy one.
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.