As part of my ice cream sandwich quest last summer, my mother and I came across Three Tarts on the west side of Manhattan. During the summer, they offer a unique kind of ice cream sandwich, with the ice cream sandwiched between two thin slices of cake. Flavors are fun and inventive: ginger ice cream with honey candy on lemon cake, black sesame ice cream on miso cake, banana ice cream with chocolate cake, and chocolate cake with strawberry-balsamic ice cream. I promise I will feature a review of the ice cream sandwiches soon. This review, though, is of the delectable mini tarts, cookies, mini parfaits that they offer year round.
On this visit, we tried some items we’d tried previously, as well as some new ones. We had never had the mini parfaits and decided to try two. The chocolate banana parfait has bananas soaked in a spiced caramel-rum sauce with graham crackers and vanilla bean marshmallow cream, topped with chocolate whipped cream and a toasted marshmallow. The black and white rice pudding has layers of jasmine and forbidden rice cooked in coconut milk and garnished with chopped apricot. This one also happened to be vegan. Both parfaits were refreshingly light in texture, not laden with heavy cream and sugar.
Clockwise from top left: crunchy hazelnut chocolate praline, Gluten free lemon tea cake, pistachio macaron, coconut macaroon, yuzu macaron, gluten free granola cookie, crunchy almond meringue, cardamom lovely and chocolate lovely (the thin sandwich cookies), chocolate espresso ganache tart garnished with edible silver leaf, lemon curd tart with baked meringue cookie. One of my absolute favorites is the hazelnut chocolate praline which is incredibly light and airy, and shatters the second you bite into it. The chocolate espresso tart is elegant in its minimalist appearance. Beneath that tame exterior is a wonderfully smooth and rich ganache with a pleasant and prominent espresso flavor.
Lemon is one of my favorite flavors in desserts. The mini lemon tart was perfect in its simplicity. The crust was very thin and tender. The curd filling was a dollop of rich and tangy lemon. The meringue was a crisp cookie, not a soft topping like on a meringue pie. The light, crispy meringue provides a nice contrast to the thick, tart filling.
Not pictured in the box, we also got the pine nut tart with wildflower honey caramel and the kumquat frangipane tart adorned with glazed kumquat slices.
The shop has a few cafe tables and also sells assorted gifts and children’s toys. I admit I would not have thought that such a prim and pretty shop would sell such well-made confections. If you are ever in need of a small treat, or an assortment to bring to a party, Three Tarts is an excellent choice.
164 9th Ave
New York, NY