Strawberry-rhubarb crostada … peach tatin … sweet pea cake with lemon curd and basil whipped cream… summer desserts have come a long way from the ice cream truck! Here are a few mouth-watering seasonal favorites with a twist for your ultimate summer desserts set list.
Deuxave, Boston, Massachusetts
Sweet meets the heat with pastry chef Shaun Velez’s Asian-inspired peach tatin, featuring the best of the summer’s fruit. Served with macerated peaches, candied Thai chilis, peach-thai-chili sauce, and lemon verbena oil and a peach ice cream, diners are also surprised with a pop of color with verdant microgreens. Make a reservation at Deuxave.
Vinoteca, Los Angeles, California
Was avocado ice cream invented to make us feel better about indulging during bathing suit season? The Cococado at Vinoteca, the wine- and espresso-bar concept in Culina, one-ups the trend with a pretty plate that pairs antioxidant-rich chocolate, agave sweetener, the silken texture of whipped avocado for creaminess and healthy fats, and refreshing avocado ice cream along with an indulgent chewy brownie. Make a reservation at Vinoteca.
KYU, Miami, Florida
Anyone who’s attended a wedding in the past year has no doubt noticed the “naked” cake trend — thinly iced sides to show off the decadent layers inside. Chef Michael Lewis updates his mother’s family recipe for one of Miami’s favorite desserts, a delicately tiered coconut cake with cream cheese and coconut frosting, served alongside a dollop of coconut ice cream. Make a reservation at KYU.
Coffeemania, New York, New York
With a name like Coffeemania, who would know they serve up some of the best food on Bryant Park? But a meal here at this first U.S. outpost of this popular Russian restaurant deserves to be followed by a cup of joe and one of several summer desserts to fall in love with—especially the light and refreshing Love Me, Love Me Not, featuring strawberry mousse and fresh raspberries. Make a reservation at Coffeemania.