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Salon at Per Se Debuts Five-Course Dessert Menu

Monday, April 23, 2012 at 08:04 AM - Posted by Megan - (1) comment

Sweets lovers rejoice! It’s time to skip dinner and head straight to dessert. One of NYC’s most sensational restaurants, Thomas Keller’s Salon at Per Se, just introduced a five-course dessert-only tasting menu.

 
Some may say that the $65 pre-fixe price tag (service included) is a bit much to spend on sweets, but the succession of inventive, expertly crafted confections from one of the country’s greatest culinary teams is far from your typical desserts tasting.

The menu lineup from celebrated pastry chef Elwyn Boyles will change daily, and includes inspired dishes such as popcorn-cola with sundried raisins and buttered popcorn sherbet, poached meringue with coconut, Champagne mango and toasted coriander ice cream, and chef Keller’s signature cinnamon-sugared brioche doughnuts with silky cappuccino semifreddo. If you’re not pining for an entire sugar-filled series, the Salon also offers five à la carte desserts each night. How sweet it is.

Check out Eater for additional coverage and a sample menu.

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Martha’s Country Bakery

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 04:05 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

As a serious cupcake fanatic, I’ve been on the hunt to find a good bakery that makes a mean red velvet (often my flavor of choice) in my new Astoria neighborhood. While Magnolia and Buttercup are certainly worth a MetroCard swipe and traveling a few subway stops to get to, I hoped to find a place closer to home to satisfy my oh-too-often cupcake cravings.

To my delight, I stumbled upon Martha’s Country Bakery. In 1972, the original Martha’s opened in Hell’s Kitchen (ironically, not too far from my old apartment) and has since relocated to the Ditmars area of Astoria, with two additional locations in Forest Hills and Bayside. What I thought would be a typical bakery was so much more—at 10pm on a weeknight, this bustling bakeshop was packed with people enjoying sweet treats and cappuccinos in a host-serviced outdoor seating area. The adorable interior had a warm, inviting atmosphere and an open kitchen, gelato case, full-service coffee bar and enormous display of freshly made cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pastries, pies, tarts, breads and more.

Martha’s extensive display case of baked goods

Martha’s offers eight varieties of their famous pound cakes

Martha’s delicious peanut butter & red velvet cupcakes

I was tentative to try Martha’s at first, since I’ve had my fair share of serious cupcake disappointments—luckily for me, the baked goods and cupcakes that I’ve polished off from Martha’s have all been scrumptious and I love the atmosphere too. I finally found my new favorite bakery in Astoria!

Martha’s Country Bakery is at 36-21 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105

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