Dominique Ansel—mad-genius baker, Cronut inventor, and soon-to-be owner of a spot in Tokyo—is at it again, this time with an after-hours pop-up at his new namesake café in the West Village. Ansel and his team will take a very personal approach to the inaugural dessert tasting menu for U.P. (short for “unlimited possibilities”), showcasing dishes that celebrate some of life’s “firsts.”
There’s “First Heartbreak,” (pictured above) a take on the basked Alaska, which refers to a rough breakup. Meringue petals represent the “he loves me, he loves me not” flower and rocky road ice cream is in the center because, well, what break-up isn’t complete without that? “First Kiss,” on the other hand, incorporates flavors of buttered popcorn, cola, and rum, a nod to all those make-out sessions in movie theaters. (An extra touch: women will be served a bowl with “stubble” for all those bearded guys, and men will get a smooth bowl.)
Tickets for U.P. go on sale on the website on Monday, May 25 at noon EST. Note: they’re only available for tables of two, and there are two seatings each night.
Brooke Porter Katz is the travel and food editor at T+L. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.