November 2, 2009

Chikalicious: Dessert and Wine Pairings in NYC

We've got a bit of a sweet tooth, so dining at Chikalicious, an intimate restaurant in the lower east side, fills us with excitement.

Why?  Not only do they make great desserts, they serve them for all three-courses.  Oh, and did we mention that they also pair the meal with wine?   

It's no wonder this no-reservations restaurant often has a line outside its door!

Sitting at the counter gives us the best view of the kitchen...we love watching the pastry chefs work their magic!

 The amuse bouche of grapefruit sorbet and ginger gelee:  This was very refreshing as the grapefruit sorbet was tart and the ginger gelee, though subtle, had a nice light texture.   
 Of course we opted for the wine pairing!  At left was the sweet Alvear Pedro Ximenez 2004 and at right was the fizzy Moscato d'Asti, La Spinetta 2007.
 Fromage Blanc Island "Cheesecake":  This is one of Chikalicious' signature dishes (it's one of two constants in an ever changing menu).  We love the absolute lightness and creaminess of this cool, melt-in-your-mouth dish.

Brown sugar panna cotta with granny smith apple sorbet and frosted walnuts.

We loved the nuttiness of the panna cotta along with the sharp tart taste of the granny smith apple sorbet.
Preparing our final course...

Petit Fours of White Truffle with Cocoa (decadent), Quantro Buttercream Tartlette (a nice mix of textures between the cream and the crunch), and Homemade Coconut Marshmallow (very light and fluffy like a cloud!)
Chikalicious is located at 204 E. 10th Street (btwn 1st and 2nd Aves).


  1. We have Chickalicious on our list of places to check out and it is so nice to see that you guys enjoyed it. Everything looks so decadent!

  2. Oh, how I wish I was still living in the "city". I miss those wonderful little gems like Chickalicious. Thanks for this great post.

  3. Oh yum. My kind of resturant!!!!

  4. Beautiful! The dishes are so inventive and look delicious. I'll have to add Chikalicious to my list of places to try! Thanks!

  5. This is definitely on my list. The only thing I can think of that would make it cuter is if they made the desserts resemble an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert.

  6. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this very sweet treat!

  7. @Jessie: Thanks! If you go, try to get there when it opens at 3pm so you don't have to wait!

    @Winelady Cooks: NYC will always be here for you to visit (and please let me know if you come by!)

    @Miranda: I feel like every city could use a place like this!

    @Squeaky Gourmet: The owner, Chika, has so much experience working in great NYC restaurants that she brings a great artistic eye to her creations here.

    @Nancy: Definitely! It's such a unique City experience.

    @plumpdumpling: haha - that would be cute! I've seen cupcakes made to look like burgers before in Chelsea Market...

    @Wasabi Prime: Thanks! I think this place inspires me to do something like this at home, entertaining for friends. Though my desserts may not look as pretty!

  8. What a unique and awesome place! Thanks for sharing, I'll add this to the list of places to visit.

  9. Wish there was a restaurant like yours in my town.

  10. I've heard of this fabulous 3-course dessert offering - sounds excellent and it is definitely on my list when visiting NYC next time!

  11. I've always wanted to go there, but never got over the guilty feeling of eating so many sweets in 1 sitting!

  12. Great post; I love all of your NYC Posts...they're wonderul and very informative...I am looking forward to meeting you on Friday in San Francisco for the Foodbuzz Festival! Have a great day and thanks again for these wonderful NYC Posts.

  13. @FLB: Hope you enjoy Chikalicious! They always change their menu, so it's tempting to keep going back!

    @Simply Life: It's really good! We always take visitors there when they come to town!

    @Lady Mystery: Sounds like a great idea for a new business in your town! =)

    @5 Star Foodie: You'll love it! All of our visiting friends enjoy this unique experience!

    @experimentalculinary pursuits: Treat yourself once!

    @Healthy Apple: Thanks so much! Can't wait to meet you on Friday - it's going to be one fun weekend!!


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