The Top Passover Desserts In NYC

Passover is a passed-over holiday. Next to the glossy, commercial, egg-filled Easter, it definitely gets the shaft. And that’s a shame too, because a holiday celebrating the deliverance of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt really deserves its own aisle in Duane Reade. Nonetheless, some extra-special shops in NYC are taking pride in the holiday in the sweetest way possible by baking up fresh morsels of deliciousness. Chocolate is involved. Here are our favorite Passover desserts:

Russ & Daughters: This iconic LES specialty shop, open since 1914, is the go-to for the old-fashioned Passover classics : chocolate-dipped macaroons, fruit slices, flourless chocolate cake, and chocolate-covered jelly rings.

Tribeca Treats: Their chocolate buttercrunch matzo famously flies off the shelf, so order ASAP.

Jacques Torres: For creative matzo covered in the city’s top chocolate, head here. The dark chocolate-covered matzo comes in plain, peanut butter, and their signature “Wicked” spicy coating.

Sugar and Plumm: Passover cookies are the star of the show at this whimsical UWS dessert spot, with pasti di mandorla cookies and chocolate kiss-satchio cookies alongside chocolate matzo buttercrunch.

Patisserie by Francois Payard: Can’t choose? This French bakery offers a 48-piece assortment of almond petit fours, along with meringue kisses, and flourless chocolate walnut cookies.

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Will Cotton’s Favorite Downtown Spots

Last January, when I interviewed Will Cotton, painter of all things syrupy and delicious – including the pert nudes who’ve populated his canvases lately – he was just beginning to pack up his studio to move from Chinatown to Harrison Street in Tribeca. Though he’s just recently completed the transfer, Cotton took the time to share with us his favorite spots around Chinatown, the neighborhood where he lived and worked for over a decade. Discover the best shops to buy candy for your next Fragonard-inspired portrait and where to find fabulous cured hearing (yes, Scandinavian paradise White Slab Palace is involved) after the jump.

Art Supplies: Soho Art Materials

Smoked Fish: Russ & Daughters

Sweets: Sugar Sweet Sunshine

Cured Meats: Fisk

Candy, Props: Economy Candy

Chocolates, Large Lollipops: The Sweet Life

Above: Untitled a drawing of Katy Perry by Will Cotton, 2010, oil on paper, 22 x 24” Courtesy of the artist and Mary Boone Gallery