I've been reading the board for a few weeks and have very much enjoyed it. I went with my better half to Tru on Saturday night for the desert collection after we saw a Sneak Preview of Love Actually (cute new film). We have eaten at Tru a couple fo times before - the last time was over two years ago and had been interested to ty the deserts - I'm of the opinion that Gale Gand's desert talents outweigh Rick Tramonto's main course talents.
We essentially did it as a walk-in (we called from the movie theatre at 9:55 and arrived at the restaurant at 10:05). They will seat you in the dining room for desert after 10:30 on weekend nights but after 10:00 you can sit in the bar area. As the two tables in the bar were taken we sat at the bar. You can actually order an a la carte desert at the bar but the point was to be extravagant so we both ordered the collection.
Sitting in the bar the only problem was some loud and too friendly suburbanites and the glares of some of the waitstaff. We were primarily served by the bartender who was much more friendly.
The meal was:
Amuse of Blood Orange Soda - a good balance of sugar and blood orange
Two Plates - first pair included
Flan with Pineapple,
Upside down Cranberry Walnut Cake with maple ice cream
Raspberry Bread Pudding
Passion Fruit Bavarian
Espresso Cup - Espresson Foam over Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake
Last Course: Root Beer Float - Turkish Coffee Ice Cream in Gale's Root Beer
Petits Fours - An unlimited amount (I had a buttermile cookie with Plum Jam, a chocolate covered macadamia, a truffle, and candied grapefruit peel).
Overall we were very impressed - the fruit deserts were better - the bread pudding and the bavarian were the overall winners, but all were good, excpet for the 'espresso cup' which was very bland. We were served in the choreographed style of Tru - two waiters simultaneously bringing items - which seemed a little silly sitting at the bar. We each had a glass of champagne - which brought the price/person to $42 before tax ($25 for the deserts and $717 for the champagne) but it was a fun experience and was leisurely - we didn't walk out until 11:40pm.
And as we left we got an extra 'freebie' - TRU Canneles - an ancient tiny cake from Bordeaux with a vanilla-rum flavor and designed to 'help the memory of last night's dinner linger over morning coffee'. The tag was pretentious but they were very good.