Sugar Rush: Lemon Meringue Tart at Sweet Melissa Patisserie


It's rarely an easy feat to pick and choose among desserts at Brooklyn's Sweet Melissa. With a dessert case oozing picturesque possibilities of Sour Cherry Clafoutis, Sweet Almond Bread Pudding, and Banana Cream Pie, I've oft found myself hovering in front of the glass case for a solid fifteen minutes pondering over which to call my own. Cookies and madeleines have disappointed in the past, but you cannot go wrong with the Lemon Meringue Tart, a butter-rich pate sucrée crust filled with curd hovering a lush balance between puckery tart and sweet. Whimsical dollops of soft meringue finish it off, adding a little creamy sweetness to bring the tart to full closure. For those who opt to stay, the dine-in sweets menu may tempt with a plethora of house made sundae creations, but stick with the baked desserts—they're a better deal for the dollar and immensely more satisfying to the tongue.

Sweet Melissa Patisserie

276 Court Street, Brooklyn NY 11231 (b/n Butler and Douglass Street; map) 718-855-3410