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Boston's Best Desserts, According to Local Pastry Chefs

The best plated desserts at full-service restaurants around town

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In honor of Eater's first-ever Sweets Week, a celebration of dessert, Eater Boston asked pastry chefs from local restaurants to rave about their favorite local desserts (not their own). Read on to see their picks for the best plated desserts at full-service restaurants, and check out their quick-service picks over here.

The chefs' favorites include two chocolate bread puddings and a corn pudding, several creme brulees, a couple of flans, giant cookies, and more. Some classic restaurants are represented (Oleana, Eastern Standard, Cabot's) as well as some much newer choices (The Hourly, Forage — both recent Cambridge openings). How many of these desserts have you tried?

Are you a pastry chef at a Boston-area restaurant who would like to add your favorites to the map? It'll be updated periodically, so hit up the Eater Boston tipline with your name, where you work, and your favorite treat(s).

Note: Restaurants are listed alphabetically, not ranked.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Alden & Harlow

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40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 864-2100
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"The smoked chocolate bread pudding with sea salt ice cream at Alden & Harlow just melts in your mouth." —Robert Gonzalez, pastry chef at Bistro du Midi

"The chocolate torte with a cherry compote, smoked almonds, and black raspberry ice cream. It was a flourless chocolate cake that was moist and perfectly warmed. It had a contrast of textures and flavors that all worked together in unison." —Hannah Lurier, executive pastry chef at Alta Strada Wellesley

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2. Euno Ristorante

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119 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 573-9406
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"Tiramisu. It has probably been 15 years since I first had their tiramisu, and I still remember it. They use granulated sugar between the layers of ladyfingers and mascarpone to give the perfect blend of textures — creamy, spongy and crunchy.” —Shawn Dresser, pastry chef at Boston Harbor Hotel

3. FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine

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1280 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 734-1268
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"Green tea creme brûlée at FuGaKyu in Brookline. It is insanely delicious." —Katie Gordon, pastry chef at Trade

4. Tu y Yo

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858 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 623-5411
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"Avocado cheesecake with pistachio — creamy, sweet, and a little unexpected!" —Rae Murphy, pastry chef at Porto

5. Aquitaine

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569 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 424-8577
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"The chocolate bread pudding at Aquitaine is one of my favorites." —Laura Campagna, former pastry cook at Tamo Bar & Bistro

6. Asta

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47 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 585-9575
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"I absolutely love Jared Bacheller's corn pudding from Asta. It is served in a corn husk with sweet cream ice cream. The flavors are lovely!" —Lauren Kroesser, pastry chef at Island Creek Oyster Bar
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7. Babbo Pizzeria

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11 Fan Pier Blvd
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 421-4466
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"Any of the gelato at Babbo (especially the olive oil with a bit of sea salt)." —Maria Cavaleri, executive pastry chef of Big Night Entertainment Group (Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge, Red Lantern, and GEM)

8. Blue Dragon

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324 A St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 338-8585
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"The big cookie." —Dave Becker, chef/owner of Sweet Basil and Juniper

9. Cabot's Ice Cream & Restaurant

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743 Washington St
Newton, MA 02460
(617) 964-9200
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"Cabot's traditional ice cream sundae! Ice cream sundaes are my go-to dessert if I have a sweet craving, and I've been going to Cabot's since I was a kid." —Kenny Hoshino, pastry chef at Alden & Harlow and Waypoint

10. Casa B

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253 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 764-2180
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"I had a flan that was amazing! They had added cheese to it so it was like a caramel-y cheesecake — really yummy! If you ever get the chance try, it out. The space is also super cute, and the food and plate designs are very interesting." —Amanda Baker, pastry chef at State Street Provisions

11. Eastern Standard

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528 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-9100
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"The apple pie with aged cheddar ice cream." —Jesse Jackson, III, executive pastry chef at No.9 Park

12. Forage

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5 Craigie Cir
Cambridge, MA 02138
"I'm always inspired by whatever Eric Cooper over at Forage is putting on his plates. Desserts often feature a funky cheese, an ancient grain, or maybe even a root vegetable. Whatever the concoction, it leaves you thinking about what kind of pickles you could be eating with ice cream." —Ashley Low, head baker at Loyal Nine

13. Jack-Tar American Tavern

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126 Washington St
Marblehead, MA 01945
(781) 631-2323
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"Creme brulee." —Christina Allen-Flores, executive pastry chef at ArtBar and Studio at the Royal Sonesta

14. Keon's 105 Bistro

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105 Washington St
Haverhill, MA 01832
(978) 521-0112
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"The creme brulee." —Michelle Boland, pastry chef at Davio's Lynnfield

15. La Brasa

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124 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 764-1412
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"I don’t go out to eat regularly, but the best plated dessert I have had in a long time was the flan at La Brasa in East Somerville. Flan is pretty simple — eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla — but very hard to execute well. Theirs was perfect in texture and flavor, and I am often tempted to go back just for dessert." —Ben Dorn, pastry chef at Saltbox Kitchen

16. Menton

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354 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 737-0099
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"The banana cream tart." —Robert Differ, pastry chef at Bar Boulud

(The banana cream tart is no longer on the menu, and there isn't currently another type of fruit tart available. Instead, pastry chef Donna Yuen recommends the Palet d'Or, a pistachio cake inside of chocolate mousse with a chocolate glaze, served with blood orange puree and blood orange glace and garnished with edible gold leaf.)

Banana cream tart/Courtesy of Donna Yuen

17. Myers + Chang

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1145 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 542-5200
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"Michelle's Vietnamese affogato at Myers+Chang. I love desserts that feature espresso, and this was amazing." —Rachel Gibeley, pastry chef at Rosebud American Kitchen and Bar

18. Oleana

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134 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 661-0505
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"Oleana's baked Alaska with coconut ice cream, passionfruit, and caramel." —Carla Pallotta, co-owner of Nebo (and head of the dessert program)

19. Sarma

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249 Pearl St
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 764-4464
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"I love the frozen yogurt with halva caramel at Sarma. It is rich and creamy but also tangy like real yogurt. The sesame in the caramel is delicious!" —Lilah Rogoff, pastry chef at Catalyst

20. Sweet Cheeks

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1381 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 266-1300
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"The peanut butter cookie sandwich." —Chris Mendonca, chef at Granary Tavern

21. The Hourly

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15 Dunster St
Cambridge, MA 02138
"The mousse au chocolat at The Hourly is phenomenal." —Alex Bonnefoi, pastry chef at Strip by Strega

22. Uni

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370 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-7200
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"I love the Klondike Bar with magic shell." —Jamie Bissonnette, chef/owner of Little Donkey, Coppa, and Toro

"The coconut Klondike Bar at Uni is awesome! Dan is so creative and whimsical." —Kevin Walsh, chef/owner of Tapestry

1. Alden & Harlow

40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Jennifer Che for Alden & Harlow

"The smoked chocolate bread pudding with sea salt ice cream at Alden & Harlow just melts in your mouth." —Robert Gonzalez, pastry chef at Bistro du Midi

"The chocolate torte with a cherry compote, smoked almonds, and black raspberry ice cream. It was a flourless chocolate cake that was moist and perfectly warmed. It had a contrast of textures and flavors that all worked together in unison." —Hannah Lurier, executive pastry chef at Alta Strada Wellesley

40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

2. Euno Ristorante

119 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113
"Tiramisu. It has probably been 15 years since I first had their tiramisu, and I still remember it. They use granulated sugar between the layers of ladyfingers and mascarpone to give the perfect blend of textures — creamy, spongy and crunchy.” —Shawn Dresser, pastry chef at Boston Harbor Hotel
119 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113

3. FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine

1280 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446
"Green tea creme brûlée at FuGaKyu in Brookline. It is insanely delicious." —Katie Gordon, pastry chef at Trade
1280 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446

4. Tu y Yo

858 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
"Avocado cheesecake with pistachio — creamy, sweet, and a little unexpected!" —Rae Murphy, pastry chef at Porto
858 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144

5. Aquitaine

569 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118
"The chocolate bread pudding at Aquitaine is one of my favorites." —Laura Campagna, former pastry cook at Tamo Bar & Bistro
569 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118

6. Asta

47 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
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"I absolutely love Jared Bacheller's corn pudding from Asta. It is served in a corn husk with sweet cream ice cream. The flavors are lovely!" —Lauren Kroesser, pastry chef at Island Creek Oyster Bar
47 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02115

7. Babbo Pizzeria

11 Fan Pier Blvd, Boston, MA 02210
"Any of the gelato at Babbo (especially the olive oil with a bit of sea salt)." —Maria Cavaleri, executive pastry chef of Big Night Entertainment Group (Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge, Red Lantern, and GEM)
11 Fan Pier Blvd
Boston, MA 02210

8. Blue Dragon

324 A St, Boston, MA 02210
"The big cookie." —Dave Becker, chef/owner of Sweet Basil and Juniper
324 A St
Boston, MA 02210

9. Cabot's Ice Cream & Restaurant

743 Washington St, Newton, MA 02460
"Cabot's traditional ice cream sundae! Ice cream sundaes are my go-to dessert if I have a sweet craving, and I've been going to Cabot's since I was a kid." —Kenny Hoshino, pastry chef at Alden & Harlow and Waypoint
743 Washington St
Newton, MA 02460

10. Casa B

253 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143
"I had a flan that was amazing! They had added cheese to it so it was like a caramel-y cheesecake — really yummy! If you ever get the chance try, it out. The space is also super cute, and the food and plate designs are very interesting." —Amanda Baker, pastry chef at State Street Provisions
253 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143

11. Eastern Standard

528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
"The apple pie with aged cheddar ice cream." —Jesse Jackson, III, executive pastry chef at No.9 Park
528 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

12. Forage

5 Craigie Cir, Cambridge, MA 02138
"I'm always inspired by whatever Eric Cooper over at Forage is putting on his plates. Desserts often feature a funky cheese, an ancient grain, or maybe even a root vegetable. Whatever the concoction, it leaves you thinking about what kind of pickles you could be eating with ice cream." —Ashley Low, head baker at Loyal Nine
5 Craigie Cir
Cambridge, MA 02138

13. Jack-Tar American Tavern

126 Washington St, Marblehead, MA 01945
"Creme brulee." —Christina Allen-Flores, executive pastry chef at ArtBar and Studio at the Royal Sonesta
126 Washington St
Marblehead, MA 01945

14. Keon's 105 Bistro

105 Washington St, Haverhill, MA 01832
"The creme brulee." —Michelle Boland, pastry chef at Davio's Lynnfield
105 Washington St
Haverhill, MA 01832

15. La Brasa

124 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145
"I don’t go out to eat regularly, but the best plated dessert I have had in a long time was the flan at La Brasa in East Somerville. Flan is pretty simple — eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla — but very hard to execute well. Theirs was perfect in texture and flavor, and I am often tempted to go back just for dessert." —Ben Dorn, pastry chef at Saltbox Kitchen
124 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145

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16. Menton

354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
Banana cream tart/Courtesy of Donna Yuen

"The banana cream tart." —Robert Differ, pastry chef at Bar Boulud

(The banana cream tart is no longer on the menu, and there isn't currently another type of fruit tart available. Instead, pastry chef Donna Yuen recommends the Palet d'Or, a pistachio cake inside of chocolate mousse with a chocolate glaze, served with blood orange puree and blood orange glace and garnished with edible gold leaf.)

354 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

17. Myers + Chang

1145 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
"Michelle's Vietnamese affogato at Myers+Chang. I love desserts that feature espresso, and this was amazing." —Rachel Gibeley, pastry chef at Rosebud American Kitchen and Bar
1145 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

18. Oleana

134 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139
"Oleana's baked Alaska with coconut ice cream, passionfruit, and caramel." —Carla Pallotta, co-owner of Nebo (and head of the dessert program)
134 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139

19. Sarma

249 Pearl St, Somerville, MA 02145
"I love the frozen yogurt with halva caramel at Sarma. It is rich and creamy but also tangy like real yogurt. The sesame in the caramel is delicious!" —Lilah Rogoff, pastry chef at Catalyst
249 Pearl St
Somerville, MA 02145

20. Sweet Cheeks

1381 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
"The peanut butter cookie sandwich." —Chris Mendonca, chef at Granary Tavern
1381 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215

21. The Hourly

15 Dunster St, Cambridge, MA 02138