My first night in NYC had me in search of something sweet to follow my not nearly as I massive as I remember them being, pizza slice. It was just before 9 and since it was dark and I wasn’t really sure where I was, I didn’t want to wander too far from my hotel (hence the slice of pizza from a place with only a tiny counter and one table around the corner from where I was staying). However, the giant, strangely shaped Oculus was right across the street and promised not only stores that were closing up for the night, but also a few food venues, so I headed in.
What I found was Lady M. While I love chocolate, I am not up to date on my super fancy cakeries. However, just one look at the door told me I was in for something sweet and potentially out of my price range. Although they have no connection, my first glance immediately reminded me of Vosges Haut Chocolat. I wasn’t sure exactly what this place had in store for me, but my curiosity was peaked, so I entered.
Unfortunately, since I entered minutes before closing, they were out of just about everything. In fact, there were only two cakes left to pick slices from: the Signature Mille Crepes and a checker cake. Since the very nice gentleman working the counter suggested I try the signature version, since it’s what they are known for, I ordered one to go (obviously as there was nowhere to eat it in the store) and $9 later, I carried my slice back to my hotel room.
Yes, that’s right, the one piece of cake costs 1.5X more than my dinner had cost.
I can honestly say I have never tasted anything quite like this cake before. It was the epitome of light and airy. It is basically layer upon layer upon layer upon layer of crepes. In between each paper thin crepe layer is a layer of also paper thin pastry cream. I actually hesitate to call it a cake. It was far more like the most decadent breakfast dish ever. There was nothing even remotely cakey in the texture or taste.
It was sweet, but that’s about the only way to describe the flavor. Sweet. Not overly, cloyingly sweet, just sort of a light, slightly sweet taste. It wasn’t really vanilla. The only way I can think to describe the taste is whipped cream mixed with eggs. Not like scrambled eggs though. It was the slightly eggy taste that pancakes and crepes and waffles sometimes have. That sweet eggy taste.
Each bite did basically evaporate in my mouth. I know I’ve talked of other desserts feeling like eating air, but this dessert was almost insubstantial with the way it completely melted on my tongue. I think it’s part of what makes the taste so hard to pin down and describe. It was the closest to eating air I think I’ve ever actually come.
Despite being so light, I couldn’t finish the piece. It was a large slice, but it wasn’t just the portion size. It was the taste. It was good, but it became too much unidentifiable light sweetness very quickly. The flavor was boring for me. I wanted some other notes or hints of something.
I’m glad I tried it because it was a unique taste experience I’m not sure I’ll be able to try again. If I do though, I definitely will want to try a different flavor. Or break from their signature dish and try one of their cool checker cake slices.
Value: 4/10 (an entire 9 inch cake costs $85)