Marking the onset of holiday hedonism, restaurants reap sweet success selling dessert novelties. In Washington, D.C., 15 Ria whips up two-ounce edible goodies that are served in shot glasses for $3 a pop (202-742-0015). In L.A., Grace bakes “morning after pastries” and boxes them to go (323-934-4400). And Boston’s Brasserie Jo stages tableside desserts, scooping chocolate mousse and drizzling meringue with cara-mel and almonds for all to see (617-425-3240).
— Elaine Glusac