- La Caravelle
33 West 55th Street, 212-586-4252
Ask for ice cream, which the waiter will drop into your soufflé (chocolate or Grand Marnier) from a great height, like a depth charge.
Best Butterscotch Panna Cotta
- davidburke & donatella
133 East 61st Street, 212-813-2121
Leave it to Burke to present this beautifully textured dish in a martini glass and spike it with swirls of curry and cocoa gelée.
Best Sticky Toffee Pudding
- Schiller's Liquor Bar
131 Rivington Street, 212-260-4555
Mr. McNally transforms one of the stodgy delicacies of his youth into the epitome of hip.
Best Rasberry Granité
80 Columbus Circle, 212-805-8881
It’s really a disassembled raspberry snow cone, with rich spoonfuls of chocolate mousse.
Best Dessert Flight
- Jean Georges
1 Central Park West, 212-299-3900
The themes change seasonally, but Johnny Iuzzini’s hypercreative desserts are always interesting and usually delectable.
Best Apple Cider Doughnut
403 East 12th Street, 646-602-1300
An old-style fritter laced with apple cider, fried to order, and served with chunky applesauce and a dab of maple whipped cream.
Adam Platt's tour of the city's most decadent desserts.
From the 2004 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).