Pie of the Day
- The Dutch
131 Sullivan St., at Prince St.; 212-677-6200
Soho has become a little more down-home with Kierin Baldwin’s superlative crusts and fillings. Our current fave: the fluffy banana cream.
Fancy Fruit Concoction
- Boulud Sud
20 W. 64th St., nr. Broadway; 212-595-1313
The Boulud empire’s exotic frozen-grapefruit creation is the most magisterial, decoratively delicious new haute-cuisine dessert in town.
Giving Gruel a Good Name
9 Great Jones St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-203-2121
Mads Refslund’s ingenious porridge combines all the elements of a perfect winter dessert (warmth, sweetness, a faint hint of booze) in one bowl.
- Victory Garden
31 Carmine St., nr. Bleecker St.; 212-206-7273
Tapiocalike, with homemade cashew milk subbing for dairy and agave for sugar. Top it with cacao nibs or halvah.
At Essex Street Market, 120 Essex St., at Delancey St.; 718-344-4202
It looks like your classic homemade Toll House, but this one is zested with orange, studded with walnuts, and flavored with grape-must syrup.
Envelope-Pushing Ice-Cream Flavor
Duck à la Plum
7 Cornelia St., nr. W. 4th St.; 212-989-3399
Judy Chen’s roast-duck ice cream, garnished with poached plums and an Asian five-spiced cookie, is savory, sweet, and somehow ungimmicky.