Buddakan might not be the first destination that comes to mind when you crave dessert, but loyal fans of pastry chef Vera Tong (previously at Dovetail on the Upper West Side) will attest to the sheer indulgence known as her Peanut Butter Bar. Peanut butter cream, something like a luxuriously light semifreddo, is coated in a crackle-thin shell of chocolate and smoky honey-caramel. It comes fairly close to the dream peanut butter-chocolate bar in both texture and flavor, with chilled creamy spoonfuls of peanut butter, rich but not overwhelming, and a lighter finish of chocolate. Lest you think the bar alone isn't peanut butter-y enough, it's accompanied by a quenelle of peanut butter ice cream with just enough of a salty kick. Take a bit of that peanut powder, sprinkle it on your tongue; it melts so nicely!
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