Midtown East Dessert: Coconut Cake at Smith and Wollensky’s

Date October 4, 2011

Smith and Wollensky's Coconut Layer Cake

I love coconut desserts, but there aren’t many noteworthy options in Manhattan. That’s why I jumped at Smith and Wollensky’s coconut layer cake. Considering the massive slice of cake – topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and served with a curl of crispy shortbread cookie – the $10 price tag is fairly reasonable for a Manhattan steakhouse. Unfortunately, bigger does not equal better. The citrus-flavored rum sauce beneath the cake felt out of place and I was disappointed by the standard frosting and lack of coconut between the layers of soft cake. It wasn’t a bad dessert, it just didn’t make me weak at the knees. Save your space for steak and lobster.

Smith and Wollensky’s Link 49th Street & 3rd Avenue New York, NY 10022 (212) 753-1530 Open Daily for Lunch Monday – Friday at 11:45am, Dinner 7 nights per week 7pm-11pm, Wollensky’s Grill open 11:30am-2am daily

9 Responses to “Midtown East Dessert: Coconut Cake at Smith and Wollensky’s”

  1. Team Mischa Facedown said:

    Coconut Cake? What did you have for dinner? I want to hear about a perfectly cooked bone-in ribeye at 10 am, not co-co-nuts! Seriously, now I want steak… See, this blog is so good it makes me want food you didn’t even review. Viva la Foodguy!

  2. Adeena Sussman said:

    Was it sweetened or unsweetened coconut in the cake?

  3. Laura said:

    So where ARE all the delish coconut desserts??? ;o)

  4. Mo said:

    Agree rum citrus-flavored sauce don’t match. Should have been coconut burbon rum flavored sauce with a piece of fruit like pineapple.

  5. Smita said:

    For a minute, I thought your blog was hacked!

  6. The NYC Food Guy said:

    Sweetened coconut.

    I’m working on it! Check out the lamingtons at Tuck Shop for starters:

    That may be your longest comment yet! Keep it coming.

    What made you say that? The fact that there is actually new content on here?

  7. Chris Schonberger said:

    Larry, go try the toasted coconut cake at Miss Lily’s. I don’t think it will disappoint.

  8. The NYC Food Guy said:

    Judging from the photo on Time Out New York’s best desserts, I reckon you’re right.

    Check the link and click through to the coconut cake:

  9. Kim koch said:

    I had a mango puree on mine just recently. It was fantastic!!!!

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