Monday, May 5, 2014

Where to Eat: Enjoy a Slice of Heaven at Lady M Confections

We at the park are always asked by visitors: "Where is a good place to eat around here?" Luckily, the Bryant Park neighborhood is home to a wide variety of high-quality food at various price points, perfect for a leisurely lunch or a quick snack. In this series, we give you the scoop on dining in the area. 

Lady M Confections is a new neighbor on 40th Street. With two other boutiques in the city, the recently-opened Bryant Park location is the third. In this post, we visit the boutique and sample some of the gorgeous desserts. Spoiler alert: the cakes are out of this world!

The facade of Lady M at 36 W. 40th Street is minimal, allowing the cakes within to shine.
With so many gorgeous confections, it is difficult to choose. Luckily, the boutique is on 40th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, and close enough to visit frequently.

Green Tea Mille Crepes
The Green Tea Mille Crepes is a take on a category of dessert that Lady M has perfected: the mille crepes confection. Comprised of twenty paper-thin layers of crepes, the "glue" that holds the dessert together is pastry creme. In the case of the green tea mille crepes, that pastry cream is flavored with green tea and the top crepe layer is dusted with a vibrant green tea powder. This mille crepes had the lightness and airiness we expected, grounded by the earthy green tea flavor. If you want a dessert that you will remember for a long time, this green tea mille crepes is absolutely the way to go.

The green tea mille crepes looks beautiful in front of our seasonal horticulture.

Raspberry Chocolate
This cake's description on the Lady M website contains a lot of exotic words like feuilletine and gianduja. Let us translate: the dessert is a multi-layered wonderland of textures and flavors. Chocolate cake, silky ganache, feuilletine (crunchy dried crepes with the consistency of panko bread crumbs), and gianduja (chocolate-hazelnut flavor) mingle with tart raspberry for an absolutely unforgettable experience. The many textures keep this rich cake interesting--interesting enough to order again and again!

The cake is a delicious cross-section of complimentary textures and flavors.
Gateau Nuage
The Gateau Nuage is a very French-sounding name for a very New York City dessert: cheesecake! The cake was a lighter-than-air whipped cheesecake filling that floated on a finely-ground graham cracker crust. The contrasts between the tangy and nutty flavors, the silky and crunchy textures, the airy yet satisfying filling, and the light and dark colors made a delicious and balanced cake. If you are a cheesecake fan, you can't miss this one; the Gateau Nuage is seasonal so hurry while it is still on the menu!

The cake's fluffy and silky texture is apparent in this close-up shot.

We can't wait to sample more of the sure-to-be-delicious confections at Lady M. They probably taste even better when enjoyed in the park with a good book or good company!

Lady M Confections
Monday to Thursday: 8am-8pm
Friday: 8am-10pm
Saturday: 11am-10pm
Sunday: 11am-6pm

(212) 452-2222

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