Pastry Duo Open Marble Dessert Bar in New York

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Mauro Pompili and Maya Sittisuntorn

At Marble Dessert Bar, a brand new dessert destination in Manhattan’s West Village, a pair of skilled pastry chefs are offering a creative prix-fixe menu of sweets in a stylish, relaxed setting.  The couple, Mauro Pompili, an Argentinian with broad global experience at Michelin-starred restaurants, and Maya Sittisuntorn, who came from Thailand at 13 and became an industrial designer before switching to a culinary career, met while working at ChikaLicious, the venerable East Village dessert restaurant founded in 2003.

Pineapple brulée and granita, green apple sorbet, mint and lemon gel
Pineapple brulée and granita, green apple sorbet, mint and lemon gel

Mauro and Maya successfully launched a ChikaLicious expansion in China, where they spent two years before returning to New York in 2018. For their new venture, a 14-seat boutique on Bedford Street featuring a handsome curved marble counter, the duo’s complementary talents merge in the selection of simple, natural stone decor and visually stunning composed desserts.

Caramelized banana
Caramelized banana, banana cream and caramel in a toasted brown rice puff, lime agar agar and sorbet.

Working together behind the counter, the chefs prepare a menu that includes an amuse bouche, a choice of one of five main desserts, a palate cleanser, and petits fours. There is an option to pair wines to complement each sweet. With a focus on fresh and seasonal flavors, the menu changes often, but there is always a twist – like banana cream and caramel in a toasted brown rice puff, lime agar agar and sorbet; or pineapple brulée and granita, green apple sorbet, mint, and lemon gel.

Amuse bouche
Amuse bouche: mate foam, pink grapefruit agar agar and granita, almond crumble

In addition to the dessert tasting menu, served from 4 to 10:30 PM, customers can stop by for coffee and pastries during the day from 8:30 AM to 4 PM. Mauro and Maya are also planning to enhance the ambiance by providing a lively collaborative space for their coterie of chef, artist, and designer friends to showcase their talents.