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Best Desserts
Goodnight, My Sweet
BY HAL RUBENSTEIN
Hot Chocolate
District

130 West 46th Street
212-485-2999
Velvety, though not too thick, far more drinkable than famed Angelica's in Paris, and just light enough on the finish to call for another.

Bite-size bliss: Sea Grill's petit-fours.
Rhubarb-and-Mint Soup
Blue Hill

75 Washington Place
212-539-1776
One of those unexpected ideas that show up fresh as a breeze and go down twice as pleasing.
Chocolate Beignets
Le Brasserie

100 East 53rd Street
212-751-4840
They disappear faster than the illusion of the perfect blind date. Order them and hoard them.
Petit Fours (The frozen mini-Popsicles)
Sea Grill

19 West 49th Street
212-332-7610
If Ed Brown made them bigger and bought himself an ice-cream truck, I'd wait dutifully on the corner every day until I heard his bell ringing.
Chocolate Bombe
Chicama

35 East 18th Street
212-505-2233
Nobody loves big flavors more than Douglas Rodriguez. Yeah, I know itís a cliche, but the damn thing explodes in your mouth.
Gratin
Tocqueville

15 East 15th Street
212-647-1515
This year's new thing, it's not destined to become a classic because of poor execution. But the lemon gratin at Tocqueville has the vibrancy and grace of Michelle Kwan on her best days.
Ice Cream Sandwich
Fresco

34 East 52nd Street
212-935-3434
Good Humor take note: If there's a slab of frozen dessert that can put you in a better frame of mind, I'll eat it in a deep freeze. Itís huge; itís even kind of gross. If you touch mine, I'll kill ya.
Dessert Bonus (Sweet-Corn Ice Cream)
Orsay

1057 Lexington Avenue
212-517-6400
The roasted pears are pleasantly tangy, but the sweet-corn ice cream on the side is a scene-stealer worthy of Zero Mostel.