Sugar Rush: Apricot and Pistachio Tarts at Maison Kayser

Sugar Rush

Your daily dose of something sweet.

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[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Eric Kayser's first US location has been opened for a total of three days on the UES, but I've already marked my favorite desserts. We'll get to them all eventually, but let's start with this Apricot Tart. Impossibly fresh, the thin shell is crisp, buttery, and well-browned. It's lined with a layer of textbook perfect frangipane and topped with quartered apricots (so juicy!) and toasted, chopped pistachios (there is a pistachio-free option as well, but why skip them?). Also keep your eye out for a delicate morning pastry of sliced apples fanned over an open puff pastry rectangle and a mini brioche swirled with crushed pink pralines. Bliss!

Maison Kayser

1294 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10021 (map) 212-744-3100
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