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Best of New York 2011 • Eating

Best Sticky Bun

  • Maialino

    2 Lexington Ave., at 21st St. 212-777-2410

    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.

    See Also: A Look Inside Maialino

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