On a Saturday afternoon, while walking near Bryant Park, we saw the new location of Lady M, a pastry shop many of my friends recommended. We decided to get some lunch and come back there for desserts. As we say in French: "chose promise, chose due" (I believe that in English, it is "A promise is a debt that we may not forget"). So, after a brunch at Barbes, a Moroccan restaurant located on the East side, we went back!
The place was packed for sure, but we were able to find a table in this tiny location. It was all white, probably to have the colors of the cakes pop.
It was hard to choose what we wanted to eat, because there were so many mouth watering cakes! For instance, they have a Mont Blanc cake made with crème de marrons (chestnut cream) or a gâteau au chocolat (chocolate cake). We decided to go with their signature cake: Lady M Mille Crêpe:
They have it in different flavors: vanilla (our choice), green tea (quite few tables around us ordered it) or crème de marrons.
It was a cake made of a succession of layers, alternating crêpes and vanilla custard. There were not Mille crêpes, that means a thousand in French. Probably thirty. The crêpes were very thin and soft, easy to cut through with a fork (no need for a knife). Overall, it was light and not too sweet, with a nice delicate vanilla taste. We understood why it was so popular!
Our second choice was the raspberry and chocolate bar:
If you like chocolate, this is for you! First of all, it looks fantastic, with the raspberry gelée dripping a bit and a fresh raspberry on top. This is the kind of dessert that make you think you ate your serving of fruit for the day...
I love the combination of red fruit and chocolate. For instance, the raspberry chocolate from Ghirardelli is one of my favorite. So, when it comes to this dessert at Lady M, I think it is spectacular: there is the right balance of raspberry and chocolate, the latter being present in different forms: milk and dark chocolate ganache, as well as gianduja-laced feuilletine for a nice crunch and a slight hazelnut taste. Needless to say that we finished it...
Of course, I had an espresso with my cake and the chocolate definitely enhanced the taste of the coffee:
Both desserts were amazing and made us want to try more. So don't be surprised if you see me there soon!
Enjoy (I did)!
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