Last summer we Sugar Rush'ed the Arctic Circle, a spectacular signature dessert from Aquavit. Since then there's been a change of pastry chefs, and with Emma Bengtsson on board, here's Aquavit's Arctic Nest. It's the Arctic Circle taken to the next level, a mesmerizing sight. Rounds of blueberry sorbet are topped in a snow of frozen shaved yogurt and lemon. The crunchy, nutty tuile base serves as a nest for an "egg" made of the same goat cheese parfait found in the Arctic Circle. It's dipped in a shell of of while chocolate and nestled upon fluffy house-made kataifi.
Crack open the "egg" and out oozes a filling of cool and soft sea-buckthorn, a bright orange shrub rarely seen on NYC dessert menus. With the Arctic Nest it bears an uncanny resemblance in consistency to real egg yolks. Chocolate crumbles and sweet licorice feathers complete the sweet, a dessert that plays with your mind—all once picturesque, inventive and flat-out delicious. Note: the Arctic Circle is served in the casual bistro room and the Arctic Nest is served in the more formal dining room.
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