NYC: Eleven Madison Parks: Sweet Finishes

Thursday, September 8, 2011 6comments No tags Permalink 0

A little teaser for the morning.

Lunch at Eleven Madison Park with Justin. Petite fours. Earl Grey Tea Macarons are one thing. But these were earl grey with chocolate and blueberries. How they managed to make each flavor stand out so clear and intense is beyond me. I just like eating them ;)

On a different occasion, macarons presented in a set of seven. How to pick just one? You don’t! Devour them all. Bite to bite, from the bottom up. Hazelnut & Brown Butter, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Chocolate-Banana, Candied Violet, Black Olive & White Chocolate, Pistachio-Rose, and Toasted Sesame. The more unusual flavors were stunning, but in the end, a classic pairing of pistachio and roses won my heart.

Now if only they’d bring back the dessert trolley…

…so my days could be filled with the crisp and buttery sweet Kouign Amann, a little more of that sour cherry jam and crème fraîche, s’il vous plaît…

…and Chocolate-Lilikoi Tarts. Oh la la!

P.S. Will be in Philly for the World Tea East Expo tomorrow, any favorite spots for sweets and/or savory bites? No worries, I’ve got Capogiro gelato down ;)

Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-0905

  • Doreva
    September 8, 2011

    Unfortunately, the weather will probably not be great.Right next to the convention center is Reading Terminal Market. I recommend Termini Brothers for Italian pastries and Old City Coffee for an accompanying warm beverage. ( you like cupcakes, skip the Flying Monkey bakery in Reading Terminal and walk outside a few blocks to Love Park at 15th St. & JFK Boulevard from 11-3. Find the Buttercream Cupcake Truck for awesome cupcakes. ( blocks from the Convention Center is Philadelphia's Chinatown. My recommendations for cheap, tasty, savory food are Pho Cali Vietnamese (1000 Arch St.) and Rangoon Burmese (112 N. 9th St.) restaurants. Ask around for more recommendations.If you want sweet or savory pastries or bubble teas at good prices, KC's Pastries works well (109 N. 19th plus another one on 11th St.) (take out). Mayflower Bakery (1008 Race St.) is also a good choice for buns/pastries/teas. For a cheap, great takeaway snack I recommend Yummy Yummy's Asian honeycomb/ball waffles. ($1.75-$2.50). See this blog post by Phila. vegetarian blogger Taylor of Mac & Cheese here: Yummy Yummy also serves many Chinese snacks and bubble teas that I am unfamiliar with (labeled in Chinese).Hope this helps you. Good luck with the rain – hopefully your transit will not be affected.D.B.Philadelphia

  • ParisBreakfasts
    September 8, 2011

    simply gorgeous looking dessertswould love to go here!!mercicarolg

  • Kevin
    September 8, 2011

    DiNic's in Reading Terminal Market has some really great sandwiches. Get the roast pork with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone, and you can even ask them to drizzle some gravy on top, though that might not be necessary since the meat is already ridiculously moist as is.Bassett's Ice Cream is also at Reading Terminal Market, and it's supposed to be very good, but Capogiro always won out so I never got around to trying it.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    September 9, 2011

    Hi D.B! Thank you a ton for all the suggestions, this is really helpful! The honeycomb/ball waffles sound particularly intriguing, and right up my alley! Fingers crossed for the weather, though will definitely be bringing a heavy duty umbrella :)Hello Carol! I bet you would love it – the parade of macarons and whimsical little bites. So picturesque and delicious ^_^Hi Kevin! Thanks for the tip – I tried the pulled pork at DiNic's a few years ago, but missed out on the roast pork. Will make sure to fix that this time around! And totally understand what you mean regarding Bassett's when Capogio is so close by. Will try to squeeze both in ;)

  • John
    September 9, 2011

    I only just moved to Philly from NYC a week ago, but have already had some impressive dining experiences! A few refs (i.e. all the places I've been to thus far…) Kanella, near Washington Sq, a lovely little greek byob with excellent brunch, Talula's Garden is romantic and inventive, and Parc, a giant French bistro on Rittenhouse sq with cafe tables spilling onto the sidewalk is lovely for a glass of wine and some midday frites. 25 Manning Grill has excellent oysters and burgers. The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.'s drinks are ridiculously good, more creative and of course a good deal cheaper than New York establishments. And my local little coffee place in Society Hill, Bodhi, serves Stumptown in a sweet little circa 1804 storefront.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    September 11, 2011

    Hi John! Thank you!! Talula's Garden sounds especially delicious…may actually be back in Philly sometime soon and that is definitely on the to-eat list! Looks like you covered a ton of ground in only a week – awesome!! ;)

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