If there is a Belgium word for pavlova then this should be it. Merveilleux names the new bakery on the upper east side, as well as their signature sweet, a tower of whipped cream wrapped around the delicate crunch of meringues and then rolled in rich chocolate shavings. An opera of excess. A treat that has nothing to hold on to, so fingers means it is over in a flash but forks will provide a fighting chance to further the friendship.

Tempting but not triumphant of the three flavors in offering was the speculoo, coming in third after white and dark chocolate. For me chocolate and Belgium have long been two words with winsome association, but speculoo sounds sans the confiture spectrum. In fact Specaloos are spicy European shortbreads, made with ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Crushed and sprinkled around creamy meringue, they would make a strange but interesting alternative. A disarming diva. If the fluffy chicken in the window is anything to go by, it’s worth a taste….



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5 Responses to Merveilleux

  1. Chrissy Hirst says:

    OMG!!!!! Happy Easter to all!!! Just to let your fellow-commenters know, I have recently waded through 35 or so apartments via Flipkey (the choices there started at a more reasonable price than others) and have successfully found one & booked/paid it up for our 10-trip to the Big Apple in June; located in East Village, I will report after our trip for your edification. There is NOTHING like a simple, delicious, Aussie Pavlova!!

  2. Dallas Colley says:

    YUM A lovely display to start Good Friday I can only add a hot cross bun for my breakfast
    Happy Easter to you Gabrielle may you find many more delectable delights.

  3. Annette Blake says:

    My tour group of quilters will be in New York early May will add this beautiful shop on the to do list, just for the display!!!! Happy Easter from Warrnambool Australia. A big thank you for you wonderful reports. Love them all

    • Many thanks Annette. I’m sure you have a huge list of destinations for NYC and want to add the Art Quilt Gallery on west 25th street. You probably already have it tagged, but just in case….

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