At Gordon Ramsay’s Maze, you can top off your meal with a peanut butter and jam sandwich, as the menu calls it. But don’t expect something your mom would toss into your bag lunch when she was pressed for time. This knockout dessert—“completely not what it sounds like,” kobetobiko says—is in fact a slice of surprisingly light mousse cake between thin layers of peanut brittle, topped with a scoop of refreshing cherry sorbet. Check it out—you won’t be looking to trade up with a classmate.
Irving Mill offers a more traditional take on peanutty sweets: a towering peanut butter, caramel, and milk chocolate parfait, studded with chunks of crunchy meringue and peanut brittle. “This is some serious stuff!” marvels
As you might expect, wd-50 goes all molecular on peanut-lovers, applying peanut powder to a concoction of soft chocolate, sesame ice cream, and ancho caramel. cimui, in touch with her inner kitchen nerd, is crazy about it.
At Telepan, the classic pairing of peanut butter and chocolate plays out in concentrated form, in a bar of crunchy gianduja flanked by a dot of huckleberry gelée and a dollop of peanut brittle ice cream. “Yum,” says
floretbroccoli. Not for everyone, carps cimui, who finds it inelegant in appearance and disappointing in flavor, “like something you could pick up in Starbucks, just bigger.”
Irving Mill [Gramercy]
116 E. 16th Street (near Irving Place), Manhattan
wd-50 [Lower East Side]
50 Clinton Street (between Stanton and Rivington streets), Manhattan
Telepan [Upper West Side]
72 W. 69th Street (between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West), Manhattan
Board Link: Peanut Butter Dessert