This is a focus on desserts, recent indulgences, many of the ice cream kind. It is summer, it is hot, you deserve a treat.
I have written about ChikaLicious before. It is a tiny dessert spot on East 10th Street that constantly delivers some of the best desserts in the city. Here are the latest and greatest treats we have had there.
Hot Apple Cinnamon Crisp -
Individual sized tart with a heaping scoop of their signature vanilla bean ice cream. I think you understand. Great in the summer, can't wait to go back for it in the fall.
Chocolate Eclair Ice Cream Sandwich -
I have written about the ChikaLicious eclair cone. They use an eclair shell instead of the traditional ice cream cone. This takes it one step further. They take their eclair shell, fill it with their vanilla bean soft serve then douse it in chocolate sauce. Yeah. Yeeaaahhh. Sure, it is basically a profiterole on steroids. But it blows away just about every profiterole I have had. Profiteroles are for wimps.
Triple Chocolate Cupcake -
I know, I know. A cupcake? Really? I would say I am over the cupcake thing but to be honest I was never into it. I have tried most of the samplings, from the small local shop fronts to the chains and I am almost always disappointed. Dry cake, sugar bomb frosting, off flavors. To brag a bit, I have mastered my own cupcake recipe so I hold the bar high. ChikaLicious jumps right over it.
Their cupcakes are small, well crafted mini-cakes. The Triple Chocolate is a winner. It is a light, moist cake with a chocolate filling and chocolate icing. Not overly sweet, rich in chocolate flavor, it is the perfect solution for a chocolate craving.
The Michelle Obama -
Over the winter ChikaLicious had the Jeremy Lin dessert. It was delicious and a hit, until he got injured and then the popularity of the dessert fell off. In this politically charged climate, with Washington filled with idiots of all stripes, I think there is one thing we can all agree on, Michelle Obama kicks ass. ChikaLicious seems to agree and has created a dessert in her honor. Now, knowing how Mrs Obama feels about eating healthy, I don't know if she would endorse this confection. But, like its namesake, this dessert kicks ass.
Here is the description of the Michelle Obama from ChikaLicious:
Shapely Arms of Salted Caramel over Clever Vanilla Bean Soft Serve (but not to much) in Savvy Espresso with a Classy Frost of Pecans.
Yes, you read that right. An affogato with a with a salted carmel pecan sundae standing in for the vanilla gelato. Worldly and American, classic and modern at the same time, just like our First Lady. God Bless the United States of America and ChikaLicious. Big Gay Ice Cream, the affogato ball is in your court.
ChikaLicious Dessert Club - 204 East 10th Street (btw 1st & 2nd Ave) - www.chikalicious.com
Hill Country BBQ
Hill Country BBQ has been written up a lot and raved about in the NY Times. It is as close to Texas BBQ as you can get in NYC. It is a big, fun place and good eating. The one thing I had never sampled there until recently was dessert.
On a recent Tuesday Night we went with another family to Hill Country for dinner and had great time. It is the perfect spot for a family night out. Between the chicken, ribs, sausage, brisket and large array of sides there is something for even the pickiest eater to have (including a vegetarian). There are plentiful beverages of the adult and non-adult kind. And it turned out Tuesday night was Karaoke Night with a full live band. I am not a big Karaoke guy, but live band Karaoke is always a hoot.
After decimating an ungodly amount of food we found that we still had room for dessert. Maybe it was because we were a group and sharing. Maybe it was because the kids were with us and they are always ready for dessert. Whatever the reason, we hit the dessert counter. Key Lime Bars were good and we had a nice Banana Pudding. These were the two standouts:
Chocolate Chip Cookie A La Mode-
Simple. A large chocolate chip cookie with two scoops of ice cream (mint chocolate chip here). I think it was $4. Classic.
Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie A La Mode -
The picture fails this dessert. The pie is made and served in a fairly large, high ramekin. It is topped with vanilla ice cream. It is significantly better than it should be. In fact, it is great. The perfect finish to a night of beer and BBQ. From now on I will always make sure I have room for pie when I go to Hill Country.
Hill Country - 30 West 26th Street (btwn Broadway and 6th Ave) - www.hillcountryny.com
This last treat is actually on a breakfast menu but it is one of my favorite treats anywhere. It is at Maialino (a post on which will be forthcoming).
Toffee Glazed Brioche Bun -
Sticky, sweet, rich, decadent and heavenly. I have never had breakfast at Maialino and not ordered it. This is a desert island dish. Sitting in the front of the restaurant by a window looking at Gramercy Park, nibbling on this, and sipping a cappuccino is as perfect a morning as you can have. Sometimes the morning is the best time for dessert.
Maialino - 2 Lexington Avenue (Corner 21st Street) - http://maialinonyc.com/