Chika Tillman of ChikaLicious owns a Dessert Bar and Dessert Club in New York City and teaches chefs internationally how to carry our her "ChikaLicious way" of treating incredibly seasonal ingredients with a light hand and much care. Ten years on she's still running strong, and we caught up with her to hear about her unchanging philosophies, unique space, and the one dessert that changed her life.
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Crunchy puff pastry is layered with frozen hazelnut mousse (which ends up tasting like a semifreddo) folded with toasted, crushed hazelnuts, and espresso-soaked cake. It's a potent, intense dessert, and that one slice can easily be shared between two.
Some sundaes elicit pure nostalgia with Reddi-wip and Hershey's syrup, while more elaborate ones include rich fudge sauce and massive brownies. Frankly, we love them all. Here are 7 of our favorite sundaes in NYC that we always turn to when that very particular craving hits.
With "elevated" versions of childhood classics everywhere these days, it's no surprise there are plenty of great ice cream sandwiches around. Which ones are really worth your money? We gathered some old friends and our new favorites for the ice cream sandwiches you shouldn't miss.
Since the last time we checked out the cupcake scene in New York City, a bunch of new shops have opened up. So today, here are eight cupcake spots we love that have opened since our last crazy tour of cupcakes in the city. From chocolate and vanilla to much crazier flavors, we've got 'em all.
There's a season for everything, and the first few months of each year are the season for warm chocolate desserts. From the silky hot fudge that tops ice cream sundaes and soft-serve filled eclairs, to molten chocolate cakes (and one with a molten green tea-white chocolate interior!), we've got you covered. Check out nine warm chocolate desserts we love this winter.
Just when I thought things couldn't possibly get better, they introduced the Red Velvet Sundae ($7.95).
It's that time of the year again: pumpkin season. We're seeing it in sweets around the city, from pumpkin whoopie pies filled with cream cheese frosting to pumpkin gelato and pumpkin ice cream; pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin cupcakes and layered pumpkin brownies.
Since our last visit to Dessert Club Chikalicious, this beloved East Village sweet spot has rolled out all sorts of new desserts.
Here are five unique soft-serve spots we love; let us know if we've missed yours!
Come fall, all I can think about are apples. Mainly apple pie, in about a dozen different forms, but sometimes you have to branch out. Apples in turnovers, or paired with cinnamon and dusted in powdered sugar—or turned into sorbet and served alongside butterscotch panna cotta. Here are five apple desserts we love; let us know if we've missed yours!
Fluffy and sweet, chubby and light, what's not to love about marshmallows? From the plain and pure version by Tumbador Chocolates, to seasonal flavors at Three Tarts, and fancy versions by Butter Baked Goods, we've got no shortage of great marshmallows in NYC.
Could there be anything more glorious than a perfectly constructed ice cream sandwich? Whether the filling be ice cream, gelato, or sorbet, and whether the cookie element be an actual cookie, brownie, or something else entirely, the variations are endless. Here are our ten favorites in the city.
With summer just around the corner, I've been turning away from heavier chocolate and caramel-focused desserts in favor of fruitier sweets, primarily those featuring strawberries. Today we bring you five strawberry desserts around town bound to satisfy that sweet craving but leaving you feeling more light than weighed down. Let us know if we've missed one you love!
After this long and arduous winter, we've finally had a few ice cream-worthy days. (Not that I have any problem eating ice cream in the cold. But you know what I'm saying, eaters.) In honor of the spring we have waited for so long, here are ten of my favorite frozen treats—from granitas and gelato to coffee malts and killer soft-serve.
The Coconut Marshmallow Logs from ChikaLicious have been replaced with something even better.
Starbucks Frappuccinos were an obsession of mine until I moved to New York and realized just how many other better blended icy coffee concoctions there are in this city of ours. I've been drinking my way through many of New York's offerings, and have narrowed down my favorite espresso-based blended drinks to two places.
[Photographs: Kathy YL Chan] It's not very often that the $14 prix fixe menu at ChikaLicious changes, but when it does, you can be guaranteed that the new items will be great. An amuse, main dish of your picking,...
We know, we know—it's been years since cupcakes first hit New York. And Serious Eats is not the sort of blog that breathlessly covers every new cupcakery in the city. But at some point, we came to the realization that, when asked where sold the best cupcakes in New York City, we didn't have an answer. And that just wouldn't do. So we tracked down New York's best.
[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] Back in April, we mentioned the Chocolate Iced Sorbet Macaron ($2.50); and yes, it's perfect for a midday bite while strolling in the East Village. But as awesome that macaron is, we suggest you pass...