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At Maialino, they call them brioche caramellato. You might know them as sticky buns. In any case, biting into one is not unlike biting into a cloud—albeit a profoundly buttery cloud that’s been dunked in a vat of molten toffee. Pastry chef Jennifer Shelbo says a whole team of kitchen elves works late into the night to make sure these toothsome morsels arrive fresh for breakfast every day. They’re $3 a pop, but if you call ahead, you can order your brioche caramellato by the dozen.
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Best Sticky Bun
From the 2011 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).