Desserts & Bakeries



  1. Place: The Little Pie Company

    Location/Details: http://tinyurl.com/9n76a9

    Food: Sour Cream Apple Walnut pie.

    Apparently, Pablo Neruda missed an ode. If the combination of sour cream and pie sounds as appealing as steak and Fruity Pebbles, never fear! This works. Really, REALLY well. And apparently, others agree: http://tinyurl.com/2ej2rqq

    I’ve had some of their other pies, and although none were disappointing, this one is AMAZING. They use very thin-cut “sheets” of crisp fresh apples, layered underneath a brown sugar/walnut topping that you truly can’t imagine until you taste it. Even if you hate sour cream and aren’t crazy about apple pie, you are still likely to love this. I say this because I’m actually not much of a pie person and was skeptical about the sour cream, but I would happily go back for several dozen more of these.

    The full-size pies here are expensive, you can get mini-pies for just $7.50–and they’re well worth the investment.

    Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie, Little Pie Company

  2. Place: Bar Tano


    457 3rd Ave (and 9th St.)
    Brooklyn, NY 11215
    (718) 499-3400

    Dish: Hot Pear Tart with Mascarpone Cream

    The quiet, friendly atmosphere at Bar Tano and its tasty, affordable meals have always made it worth the trek down to 3rd avenue.

    So has its pear tart.

    Once you’ve torn your way through several delicate layers of pastry on top, you’ll find a bed of hot pears waiting inside. Swirl those through the sweet, caramelly syrup lining the bottom of the plate, and you’ll eventually hit the dollop of whipped mascarpone in the corner—which, for all intents and purposes, will be the height of your pear-gasm. This dessert is $7 and is worth every penny. I’m already making myself hungry again.

    Pear Tart at Bar Tano

  3. Place: ‘Snice

    Location: 5th Avenue & 4th Street, Park Slope Brooklyn

    Dish: Vegan Cupcakes

    If the needle flew off the record the instant you saw the word “vegan”, I don’t want you to get the wrong idea. Much like the rest of the food at ‘Snice, this dessert is NOT dry, bland, nor any of the other negative associations that are sometimes made with vegan food—and this is coming from an enthusiastic steak and dairy lover. These cupcakes are moist, heavy, and piled high with a generous amount of sweet icing that will appeal to buttercream lovers—there is nothing “light” or “wimpy” here. Although I’m a chocoholic, I like the “blondie” cupcake with white icing most, but… you know. Different strokes for different folks. 🙂 Below is an aerial view of said blondie.

    Vegan cupcake @ 'Snice

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