Strolling around SoHo, on our way to Cendrillon, we passed by Balthazar, a huge restaurant and its takeout bakery next door. We popped into the bakery and viewed a mouthwatering array of sweets and breads on offer that late afternoon made us incredibly hungry. We didnâ€™t purchase anything at that point and headed off to our early dinner instead. After dining at Cendrillon, we decided to skip dessert there and instead returned to Balthazar to pick up some pastries which we planned to consume back at home. The Kid picked out four desserts that eveningâ€¦
An absolutely delicious fruit pie, in this case, plum and photographed on one of my sisterâ€™s stunning dessert platesâ€¦
A raspberry clafoutis tart that was superbâ€¦
A flourless chocolate cake that was a tad dry, perhaps having been made earlier in the dayâ€¦
And a sugar donut which at 60 cents seemed like an utter bargain. We didnâ€™t know it at the time, but Balthazar apparently discounts its pastries in the evening to ensure that all of the baked goods are sold on the same day and they start anew the following day. Were we lucky or what? For the four desserts we paid just $10.95 and it was all packaged up in a stunning and sturdy box and a nice paper bag! And with the exception of the slightly dry chocolate cake, the pastries were fantastic. Coming from the $230 dinner at Cendrillon, this $10.95 bill was totally worth it! Balthazar Boulangerie et Patisserie, 80 Spring Street, New York, Telephone 212.965.1785.