|Why get strudel from a local bakery when it can be shipped in from New York?|
Although we're not fans of restaurant desserts that have been shipped in, frozen, from some big corporate commissary or bakery (like many of the pretty pastries at Whole Foods or the local restaurants that serve that big ol' chocolate layer cake from Costco), there one exception to the rule may be the apple strudel on the dessert menu at Grunauer, the Viennese restaurant in the Crossroads.
Yeas, the strudel is shipped in -- but from one of the oldest bakeries in the world.
The owners of Grunauer: chef Peter Grunauer and his children Nicholas and Elizabeth wanted a very Viennese version of apple strudel, so they arranged to have the New York location of the legendary Demel -- an Austrian patissserie and confectionary that dates back to the 18th-century.
It's a beautiful dessert, with feather-light pastry, deliciously seasoned tart apples and an almost evanescent sugar glaze. Of course the staff at Grunauer heap plenty of schlag -- real whipped cream -- on top of the strudel for that added touch of decadence.
Our list so far:
No. 49: Il Parma from Bella Napoli