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Just Dessert: Sweet Thrills

BY GILLIAN DUFFY
Craftbar: Divine fritters with ice cream.


DESSERT WHERE THE INSIDE SCOOP
Apple Fritters With Caramel Ice

Craftbar
47 East 19th Street; 212-780-0880
Crisp, hot apple rings dipped in beer batter, then dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with the perfect accompaniment: tangy caramel ice cream.
Peanut-Butter Tart

Marseille
630 Ninth Avenue, at 44th Street; 212-333-3410
This crunchy peanut-butter tart topped with a shimmering celery sorbet is a childhood- favorite combination all grown-up.
Rice Pudding

D'Artagnan, The Rotisserie
152 East 46th Street; 212-687-0300
A hint of vanilla and orange zest brings this creamy rice pudding to life, and the drizzle of salted caramel makes a grand finale.
Roasted-Pineapple Bread Pudding
Jo Jo
160 East 64th Street; 212-223-5656
Traditional bread pudding never tasted like this: The roasted pineapple brings a wonderful tartness, and the brioche brings lightness, making for an ethereal, fruity combination.
Grand Mariner Soufflé

La Caravelle
33 West 55th Street; 212-586-4252
An exquisite soufflé — the rare New York version that's truly made-to-order — with the perfect balance of lightness and flavor, and a moist, creamy middle.
Lemon-Meringue Layer Cake
Eli's
1411 Third Avenue, at 80th Street; 212-717-9798
We're still not sure whether it's a lemon layer cake — it's a mile high — or a lemon-meringue pie, and judging by its name, neither is Eli. You decide.
Clementine Gelée With a Trio of Sorbets

Le Bernardin
155 West 51st Street; 212-489-1515
An inspired jellied-fruit soup, set with blood-orange segments amid a cluster of unusual sorbets — litchi, blood-orange, and fromage blanc.

Photograph by Kenneth Chen.
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