The Upper East Side’s newest pastry shop, O Merveilleux, is the place to find elegant Belgian desserts and specialty coffees. Zagat editor Maureen Giannone filed the following report.
1509 Second Avenue
Leaving years in Paris for a fresh start in New York, pastry chef Anne-Sophie Diotallevi never stopped dreaming of the airy meringue Belgium dessert that guided her back to her native Dutch country regularly while in living Europe.
Since the treat, the mervellieux, was no longer a train ride away, it sparked a mission to perfect the recipe herself. And it inspired the name of her new pastry shop in the Upper East Side, O Merveilleux.
“It’s a Belgian pastry shop. The original cake is named the mervellieux,” Diotallevi said. "The cake is a shelf of meringue, whipped cream and chocolates.”
Diotallevi said the dessert may have familiar ingredients, but its design is new to New Yorkers.
"That's why we have a showcase in our pastry shop,” she said.
The elegant dessert comes in a number of sizes: bite-sized, individual and group-sized cakes.
Like it's preparation, biting into this Belgium delight is a delicate and precise process.
Though this single item is reason enough to venture up to the Upper East Side, don't miss other treats like the cookies, éclairs and specialty coffee from this delightfully new neighborhood bakeshop.