If one surefire test of a chef is cooking a perfect egg -- requiring attention to detail, an instinct for timing, and an absence of fancy tools or fussy ingredients to hide behind -- one test of a restaurant should be its dessert menu. A great restaurant dessert completes a circle, showing total care for not just the food, but the full dining experience. Viral milkshakes and mediocre chocolate cake slices might have made it easy to wave away a waiter with a dessert menu, but if you know where to look, dessert can be the best part of the meal.
Desserts, of course, are the most Instagrammable of courses (and all the sweet emojis are so cute). Bakeries, ice cream shops, and candy stores can satisfy your sweet tooth, but restaurant desserts can offer more than clout -- the best ones linger in your memory, lasting longer than the Likes on a shot of a not-so-good mochi-topped waffle cone or a pink cup of raw cookie dough for which you waited forty minutes in line. Instead, try a classic French ile floattante, a modern lime mousse made to look like half of an avocado, and ginger ice cream made from kitchen scraps -- we’ve rounded up our favorite restaurant desserts in NYC.