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Just Desserts

Valentine’s Day offerings from the city’s go-to sweetshops.


60 E. 65th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-288-0033
These aptly named treats, Bisous Au Chocolat (a.k.a. chocolate kisses) come from pastry chef Ghaya F. Oliveira. Available at the restaurant and for pick-up, each $40 box includes two flavors: The red kiss has triple vanilla mousse with grapefruit jam and rosewater loukoum, and the pink has a dark-chocolate shell with marshmallow, passion-fruit caramel, and hazelnut praliné atop an almond-chocolate cookie. Call to preorder as quantities are limited each day.

Milk Bar
Various locations. Order online for pickup at any NYC location or direct shipping.
Available through February 15, the salty-sweet Heart Compost Cookie Cake is chock-full of pretzels, potato chips, coffee, oats, butterscotch, and chocolate chips. At $35, this party-ready cake serves 8 to 10 people.

Dominique Ansel Bakery
189 Spring St., nr. Thompson St.; 212-219-2773
Introduced this year, the “We Go Together” cookies at Dominique Ansel Kitchen celebrate popular food pairings in three varieties: bacon and eggs, wine and cheese, and peanut butter and jelly. These hand-iced, vanilla butter cookies are $12.50 per set with two cookies in each.

Runner & Stone
285 Third Ave., nr. Carroll St., Gowanus; 718-576-3360
The chocolate rye brownie and white-chocolate cherry blondie pack, $9.75 each, includes two pieces of each flavor, so there’s something for everyone. And they’re all made with locally produced butter, keeping these treats very moist.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds
439 Third Ave., at 8th St., Gowanus; 718-499-2917
Four & Twenty Blackbirds has joined with Pretty Streets Botanical and Heartell Press to offer a one-stop-shop Valentine’s Day gift package: a whole pie, a flower arrangement, and a handmade card, priced at $100 for a large bouquet and $80 for a small bouquet. Choose from seven pie flavors: matcha custard, chocolate julep, salted caramel apple, grapefruit custard, lemon chess, chocolate chess, and salty honey. And for those who want a night out, the pie shop is hosting a special four-course Valentine’s Day dinner on February 14 at 7:30 p.m., prepared by chef Chris Bradley, featuring New England oyster stew, Chicken Ballotine à la Franklin, braised beef brisket, and chocolate chess pie with peanut-butter ice cream. Tickets are $75 each or $100 each with beverage pairing.

Bien Cuit
120 Smith St., nr. Pacific St., Boerum Hill; 718-852-0200
The pink grapefruit éclair with coriander cream, prickly pear glaze, and pomegranate seeds from this Boerum Hill bakery — usually known for its bread — is a sweet and tart treat for any Valentine. Each éclair, $4.75, is made fresh daily.

Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery
Available online only; 212-498-9810
This salted caramel cashew ganache tart has toasted cashews, salted caramel, and bittersweet chocolate ganache. It is available in two sizes: six-inch for $25 and nine-inch for $40, perfect for feeding a couple or a lonely-hearts party.

Épicerie Boulud
1900 Broadway, at 64th St.; 212-595-9606
Treat your valentine to a decadent raspberry-chocolate croissant from resident boulanger, François Brunet, who fills this pink-striped pastry with chocolate ganache and raspberry jam. Each croissant is $4.


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