- Eli’s Manhattan
1411 Third Ave., 212-717-8100
Not to be confused with the pie, Eli’s lemon-meringue cake is one of the wonders of the pastry world. It’s a towering quintuple-layered extravaganza of lemon curd and classic yellow cake, topped off with about a foot of meringue that’s been worked over with a blowtorch. Available by special order.
Best Layer Cake
From the 2006 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).