- Payard Patisserie & Bistro
1032 Lexington Avenue near 73rd street, 212-717-5252; payard.com
François Payard opened his eponymous confectionery in 1997. Before long, parents with refined palates began asking the third-generation pastry whiz to create birthday cakes that both children and grown-ups would enjoy. The result is the Notre Dame: a dense chocolate-mousse cake filled with vanilla cream and chocolate biscuits, decorated with a child’s favorite character—Winnie-the-Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, Simba, etc.—fashioned from marzipan. It costs $195 and serves twenty kids.
Best Birthday Cake
From the 2003 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).