The one thing I like about New York City restaurants is their creativity with food. Mixing flavors and textures and thinking outside the box in terms of different food items. There were four of us at Gramercy Tavern so of course we had to have four different desserts. In addition, after dessert and coffee they brought out a plate of petit fours.
I ate the Chocolate Almond Tart with Coffee Ice Cream and Toffee Mousse. Loved the textures and the rich flavors. The presentation was beautiful as well. Gramercy Tavern is known for their desserts and this one did not disappoint me at all.
Other desserts that were enjoyed at the table of one of the most famous New York City restaurants were the trio of ice creams and sorbets and pictured below, the Peanut Butter Semifreddo with a Chocolate Macaroon and the fourth dessert served was the Plum Cheesecake with the Butter Pecan Cookie.
The petit fours were outstanding at Gramercy Tavern. There were mini-chocolate tarts and vanilla macaroons as well as these delicious mouth-watering chocolate nut truffles. Of course, I was completely full but I just couldn’t leave them on the plate to go to waste. Too bad I am trying to diet or I would have asked for a doggie bag.
On Sunday night we dined at Union Square Cafe for dinner which is another one of the many New York City restaurants that has been around for years. Again the desserts were fabulous and each one of us had something different. I ordered the USC’s Banana Tart, Macadamia Brittle and Honey-Vanilla Ice Cream and my fiancee ordered the Roasted Peach Shortcake with Mascarpone Mousse.
Our guest Todd ordered the Flourless Lemon Cake with Greenmarket Berries and Maoscato d’Asti Zabaglione. It was so delicious that he had to ask the waiter to ensure it was flourless!
Of course, none of us left anything on our plates either night. What I enjoyed about the desserts from these two New York City restaurants were that they were creations of art in terms of presentation, style and texture. In fact, they could have been meals themselves.
I hope you enjoyed the dessert pictures and hopefully, if you are in New York, will consider stopping by either restaurant for if at least anything, dessert and coffee. Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!
Andrea Wyn is owner of A Wynning Event http://www.awynningevent.com, a Los Angeles wedding and special event management company. She is a marketing & special event planner with over 15 years of experience and for the past ten years, she has been the event planner for the Screen Actors Guild Awards(R). She has taken her knowledge and special event experience and written an easy-to-read book called Budget Bash http://www.budgetbashbook.com where you can find more ideas and helpful tips on event planning including menus, decor, budgets, timelines, florals and more.
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