Craving a late-night haunt but Not in the mood for a diner? You’re in luck: Specialty eateries known as dessert bars — focusing on two of our favorite after-dinner treats, dessert and drinks — are popping up nationwide.
New York’s Chikalicious (www.chikalicious.com) offers an ever-changing selection of sweets, like a warm chocolate tart served with pink-peppercorn ice cream and drizzled with red-wine sauce, with ports and sherries to pair. San Francisco’s cozy Candybar (www.candybarsf.com) serves up housemade cakes, brownies and mousses, as well as a long list of sparkling-wine cocktails. The coolly cosmopolitan Crave Dessert Bar (www.cravedessertbar.com) in Charlotte, N.C., showcases 40-plus signature cocktails, including an espresso martini that makes the perfect accompaniment for the menu’s selection of Key Lime, Strawberry Swirl and Bananas Foster cheesecakes. And in Pasadena, Calif., Pop Champagne & Dessert Bar (www.popchampagnebar.com) boasts an extensive array of artisanal beers and bubbly, ideal for enjoying alongside the bar’s handcrafted sorbets and ice creams.