At Paris Baguette on 32nd Street, the strawberry shortcake (in original and matcha!) and royal tea puddings are the highlight of the dessert case, but the bakery section here is not to be overlooked. Keep your eye out for the Pumpkin-Sesame Loaf ($4.50) baked fresh each morning. Eight thick slices to a loaf, the plush, soft-crusted bread generously dotted in toasted black sesame seeds and paper-thin shavings of kabocha. While the sesame seeds bring warm, nutty notes, the pumpkin imparts a subtle, delicate sweetness to the bread, turning it a gentle shade of yellow-orange. This is one you'll just want to toast and eat plain; no butter or jam, for it has plenty of flavor on its own.
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