Leavened with yeast instead of baking soda, chocolate bread has a delicate complexity that rises above other cake-like breakfast breads. Here are four great spots to satisfy your bread fix.
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This cherry clafoutis is my new love at Balthazar. The batter is delightfully custardy, and it comes encased in a flaky browned crust.
This is a gorgeously crisp, beautifully buttery pastry showcase for rich, jammy plums and deeply nutty almonds. It's plenty sweet, but in a plush, luxurious way—and just tart enough to stay balanced.
The Flourless Chocolate Cake ($6) at Balthazar Bakery may not be as proper as their canelé or classic French pastries, but it is perfect in its own little way, dark chocolate through and through.
From a decadent slab of coconut milk-soaked cake to a favorite Thai dessert of mango and warm sticky rice, coconut plays an integral role in so many desserts we love. Here are our five of our favorite coconut desserts; let us know if we've missed yours!
Chausson aux pommes aren't found too easily in the city, but Balthazar Bakery makes an incredible one ($4.25), a ridiculously buttery yet texturally light and flaky wonder.
Any number of guidebooks, newspaper articles, airline magazine roundups, or TV shows can give first-time New York visitors a lengthy eating itinerary. Unfortunately, their recommendations aren't always the best. The good news? Some oft-visited tourist destinations really do have great food. Here are our favorites.
In honor of Serious Eats Bakery Week, we set out to answer a question that's been on our mind for ages: what's the best baguette in New York? Because for every good baguette, there are dozens of disappointments. Tough, mouth-hurting crusts or doughy, spongy insides. A dried-out crumb or a flavor that's too sweet or too sour or just plain bland. We're tired of suffering bad bread—and wanted to find you the best in the city.
Yesterday, we checked out our the best bakeries in New York City for cakes, cookies, and more; this morning, it's all about the pastries. While you'll find croissants in just about any bakery, good croissants, tender and flaky and buttery, are much harder to find, as are almond croissants and pain au chocolat. But you'll find some excellent ones in these New York bakeries, along with tarts and caneles and palmiers and much more.
In 2008, we published a guide to the Best Doughnuts in New York—but that was three years ago, and new doughnut shops have popped up all over the city. Where can you find the best doughnuts in New York?Check out our exhaustive guide for the answer.
Sometimes they're topped with chocolate, other times with a crisp shatter of caramel. Often they're filled with vanilla pastry cream, but on other occasions you can score caramel or chocolate cream.
They always say it's the little things that make a big difference—and that is especially true when it comes to afternoon sweets. A Stroopwafel over a mug of office coffee, a little bag of Honeycomb candies, a pint of Kulfi-Pistachio Cardamom Ice Cream. The smallest things can turn a bad day better, and a good day amazing.
[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] There's nothing better after a long day than heading to Balthazar Bakery for a sumptuous wedge of Coconut Cake ($6.25)—one of the best in town. (My other favorite is from Amy's Bread). They usually sell...
A good croissant is hard to find. To turn a butter-based dough into a pastry that's simultaneously soft and flaky, shatter-crisp and mouth-meltingly tender, is a difficult thing indeed. Where is the best in New York City? We found out.
Who doesn't love french fries? We've long been looking for New York's best, and decided that the city's fries deserved more than a post—they needed a column of their own. Here's TGI Fry-Day, your weekly dose of deliciousness. Got a...
Bread baskets are one of the greatest pleasures of dining out. Have you ever eaten a bread basket that was so delicious you couldn't stop eating it? Or one that even out-shined your actual meal? We have—and since New York City is a bastion of the impressive bread basket, we set out to determine our favorites.
We shall end the work week on a high note, a classic. Balthazar's extra-buttery Oat Scone ($3.25), tender and gently studded with currants. The exterior is beautifully golden, with shiny sprinkles of sugar and oats. The ideal size, fitting...
[Photo: Kathy Chan] For those chilly days when you're shopping around Soho, duck into Balthazar—not for the lush coconut cake, not for the canneles, but a hot cup of tea. Hot Ginger Citrus Tea ($2.75), to be exact. I...
[Photo: Kathy Chan] Only during the holiday season does Balthazar turn out these utterly beautiful Linzer tarts ($5.50). A delicate, crumbly crust made from plenty of ground almonds, a touch of spice and sugar, and egg yolks. The filling?...
The contenders: Milk and Cookies, Insomnia Bakery, Jack's Stir Brew, Bouley Bakery, Balthazar, Dessert Club, Paradis To Go, Roasting Plant, Sugar Sweet Sunshine, and the Downtown Cookie Company.