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Best Layer Cake

  • 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.

From the 2006 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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