Best Dessert

Best Dessert

Peanut Butter Pie Sundae at Beauty & Essex

Beauty and Essex

Born of a cocktail-fueled discussion of peanut butter pie between celebrity chef Chris Santos and Tao Group’s Marc Marrone, the glorious concoction that is Peanut Butter Pie Sundae at Beauty & Essex begins with the smoothest, lightest peanut butter ice cream you can imagine. (The cream is whipped before the peanut butter is added to the mix.) Marrone then folds in some chocolate chunks and sprinkles on a few pretzels. But the knockout blow is a hearty dose of meringue. “As a guy who grew up in New England eating peanut butter and fluff sandwiches,” Santos says, “this sundae pays amazing homage to those days!” Fair enough. To us, it’s closer to Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby, but better. $14, in the Cosmopolitan,

2016 Dining Awards