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During his storied television career as an Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto has whipped all sorts of unlikely ingredients into edible shape. No wonder, then, that the dessert creation he calls “tofu cheesecake” is one of the best things we’ve tasted since, well, the Second Avenue Deli closed for business. The tofu is whipped into a kind of white chiffon and served with thin curlings of chocolate on top. It has an almond-biscuit bottom, along with condiments laid out on the plate, in the decorative Japanese style. Among these is a tuille made from the esoteric tofu-skin product called yuba, and mounds of candied ginger, grapefruit, and lime zest. Best of all, though, is the dipping sauce. It’s made with a healthy dose of maple syrup and coffee, which dissolves with the light cake in a most pleasing way when you put it in your mouth, leaving the faintest taste of sugar, chocolate, and, dare we say, tofu.
Best Oddball Dessert
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).