Sunday, February 12, 2012

ChikaLicious "Lin-sanity"

Nestled on 10th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue, ChikaLicious Dessert Bar has been serving serious desserts in a small, intimate setting to great success and acclaim. For those of us who love dessert but can't always take the time for a three course sit down the ChikaLicious folks have given us Dessert Club. Directly across 10th Street from the original spot, Dessert Club offers an array of delicious and unique desserts to eat in or take out. Good luck waiting until you get home to try them.

Cupcakes? Of course. But forget those butter cream monstrosities everyone is peddling. Dessert Club's are light, airy and rich without feeling like you just ate a stick of butter stuffed with sugar. They are available in mini, regular and premium and in flavors like Caramel (amazing), S'mores, Triple Chocolate (as good as it sounds), Lychee, Red Velvet and Green Tea.

Cakes, cookies, Macarons, ice cream and pastries are all on the menu. There is something for every sweet tooth. But none of the sweets at Dessert Club are standard fare. They are artfully crafted, elevated. For the folks at ChikaLicious, dessert is the main course, one that demands craft and style. They want to defy our expectations and remind us to never settle for the mediocre or average.

So now you are thinking that maybe Dessert Bar is a little too high brow. Maybe they take dessert too seriously. They are serious about what they do, but that never gets in the way of the main goal, delicious desserts. Here are two cases in point:


This is the Eclair Ice Cream Cone. NY Magazine called it one of the top ice cream treats in NYC. What is it? It is one of the best Vanilla Bean soft serve ice creams you will ever eat. But that wasn't good enough for the ChikaLicious folks. Instead of serving it in a cone, they take one of their eclair shells, fill it with soft serve then top it with a heap of soft serve. Yes, an eclair...filled with ice cream... used as a cone. It tastes even better than it sounds. (Please note that I took a big bite of this one before I remembered to take a picture). I am almost weeping as I write this. I want another one. Right now.



What is this delicious mess? The "Lin-sational Baller." This is Dessert Club's newest treat named in honor of the Knicks' Jeremy Lin. It is a Maple Pecan Banana Bread Pudding. I am not sure what that has to do with Jeremy Lin, but it is ridiculous and crazy good, just like Lin. There is definitely maple, pecans and banana in here as well as some sort of delicious cake. There is also ice cream. The result is some sort of nutty banana split-bread pudding hybrid that will have you trying to add "Lin" to far too many words. "Lin-sanity!" (OK, enough of that)

High craft and passion. Delivering the goods. For all of us. This is what Dessert Club is all about. (I am working hard to avoid a Fight Club reference here folks). So the next time you know you want something sweet but maybe you aren't sure what, or your crew cannot agree on the where to get dessert, Dessert Club has the answer. For you and everyone you know. Trust me.






ChikaLicious Dessert Club - 204 East 10th Street between 1st & 2nd Avenues


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