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ChikaLicious

203 E. 10th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Second Ave.
212-995-9511

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8
Food: 8
Service: 9
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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79% would go back.

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NEVER GO!

By Reena on 3/13/2007

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

Each dessert was $12...a hefty price for a tiny dessert. The desserts were LITERALLY smaller than one bite, therefore I was not able to tell if they were actually good. We waited in the cold for over 45 minutes to try this Zagat rated dessert bar (as they only have about 15 seats). When we finally got a table we waited another 40 minutes just to get the TINY TINY dessert. I have never seen a dessert so tiny. It was a complete waste of time and money!! Why wait so long and spend so much when you cant even taste it? Don't ever go there, you'll be sorry

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353 out of 773 people found this review helpful.

So BAD...

By bearishere on 3/19/2011

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

I went there the other day. My friend told me the dessert is so good, so I had a high expectation. Surprise, surprise...it was NOTHING good about it. There is no taste, no flavor, so small (I could finish in 2 bites...) and so pricey..... I will NEVER go back there. Give my money back!

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42 out of 91 people found this review helpful.

Seriously, dont waste your time.

By Rd8584 on 4/29/2007

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

The desserts might be good, but you can't tell because they are so small. They are petitfours that cost $12 each!. The restaurant is extremely small, so we waited a long time for a table. And although the server was very friendly, the service was extremely slow...it took 30 minutes to get our tiny desserts. The two of us shared two desserts and I could barely tell you what my tiny half tasted like. There are much better dessert places that give you a better value. We left still craving dessert... Don't go!

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300 out of 632 people found this review helpful.

Not good enough if you're a dessert lover

By m_rubio on 3/19/2005

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

The menu seems to change daily and we tried the banana salad and the poached pear. Both were "form over function", i.e. they were nice to look at, but really not that special. Hopefully the other stuff in the menu is better, but I don't think I will be going back. Very disappointed.

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195 out of 401 people found this review helpful.

Delicate Dessert Place

By Dimes on 6/24/2004

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

This tiny, but interesting dessert bar offers a 3-course tasting menu for $12. Service is great (at least for the day I went); food is good and be sure to sit by the bar if you like to see how these delicate desserts are made. Good range of choice on menu, from cheesecake to custard to chocolate tart…Great date place as well. That being said, however, portions here are extremely tiny, so tiny that a sneeze will probably blow everything off your plate. Big groups and kids are not recommended. Overall, this is a great place for the experience, but due to the lack of food for its price, once is enough.

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187 out of 375 people found this review helpful.

one of a kind place in NYC

By eatdat on 6/20/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

This place is really cool for deserts. You can actually see your deserts prepared right in front of you. This really is a one-of-a-kind place.

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194 out of 427 people found this review helpful.

cool experience - great dessert!

By milic13 on 4/26/2005

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

watching our dessert get prepared (and everyone else's) was pretty interesting. the menu was pretty diverse, and our dessert was excellent. a good place to kill some time.

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227 out of 424 people found this review helpful.

Perfect sampling of clean, refreshing & sweet to finish off an evening....

By shaman on 3/8/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I wanted my out-of-town guests to have a unique NYC experience and this place delivered 1000%. Always crowded, this 20-seat, modern, chic hidden gem has fast turnover. We waited about 15 minutes. You MUST sit at the bar.. sitting at the tables is pointless because half the fun is watching Chicka make your desserts in front of you! For $12, you get an amuse buche, a choice of an dessert and a finishing of petit fours which are a daily surprise. We started with an espresso gelee & vanilla cream - absolutely out of this world. If this is your first time, definitely try the Frommage Blanc - I couldn't believe that this was a cheesecake... it literally melted in my mouth. My friends had the Hot Apple Soup with Carmel ice cream and the Chocolate tart with peppercorn ice-cream. We sampled each others and couldn't stop eating. I'm addicted.. and believe me, I will be taking ALL my out-of-town guests here!

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81 out of 161 people found this review helpful.

A feast for all five senses...

By vtavgjoe on 2/5/2004

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

An original, and slightly risky concept here is anchored by arguably the friendliest, most efficient service in the city, and an ever changing show of ingredients that aren't supposed to play well together. Don't bother with the tables, the bar is where the action is, not just the chefs, but the other diners make for an atmosphere resembling a winery, discussing in deep detail the various courses. It's quite clear that you have little control over your food, Chika and Donna dish it out for you, but for the most part, that's a good thing. A few items could use a little more balance (i.e, more sorbet, less torte in a couple of items), but the experience is truly tough to beat for those people who have grown up, but still like to eat dessert first...and take it seriously.

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146 out of 290 people found this review helpful.

chocolate tart mania!

By emily1 on 3/15/2004

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

You must go here, period. It will cost you $12 for the most luxurious dessert taste-bud experience of your life. Chika, the owner and chef, has come up with the most incredible combinations to suit every palate. I left very satisfied, can't wait to come back.

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206 out of 370 people found this review helpful.

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