It’s officially that time of year. The holidays are in full swing, and everyone is up to their ears in Christmas shopping, travel plans, wool sweaters, and copious amounts of food: roast beef, turkey, mashed potatoes, squash, brussels sprouts, and on and on. And there is no shortage of sweets. Around every corner, there’s another platter of cookies, stacks of peppermint bark, and trays of peanut-butter blossoms. It’s the finale to a long day of eating, and this year, it’s your turn to show up with dessert. So what’s it gonna be?
This year, don’t bring a pie. Everyone brings a pie! 2018 is the year of the tart. Unlike it’s fraternal twin, the tart is sleeker and a little sexier. It has shallower sides than a pie and only a bottom crust, often made of a pastry dough. For anyone who needs to arrive with an after-dinner confection, Tart to Tart, on the corner of Irving Street and Eighth Avenue, should be your go-to. Whatever you’re craving, odds are is that they have it. They have cookies, tiramisu, and éclairs. They have muffins, cheese cake, and egg custard. And they have tons and tons of tarts: lime tarts, pecan tarts, mocha rum tart, and the magnificent almond cream tart.
Tart to Tart’s almond cream tart is a buttery masterpiece that will warm your soul. It’s made with layers and layers of thinly sliced soft almonds stacked and melded together with sticky-sweet molasses. Although it’s clearly a labor of love to construct, the outcome is incredibly simple and unique. Topped with powdered sugar, this tart is nutty, dense, and smooth. I can’t think of a better holiday marriage than a slice of this and some eggnog with a splash of bourbon. It’s a Christmas miracle.
And for all of you naughty boys and girls who find yourself in a pinch with gifts around the holidays, Tart to Tart is the perfect last minute lifesaver, open until 10:30 p.m. during the week and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
’Tis the season of giving, when dessert reigns king. Trust me, your don’t want to be the one who brought the frozen fruitcake salad. Instead, bring a kick-ass tart that will not immediately make you the coolest kid at the party, but might even save the evening.
Tart to Tart, 641 Irving St., 415-504-7068, no website.