Chef Eunji Lee is celebrating pastry as edible art in a brand new way, taking inspiration from the French word for museum, musée, while also paying tribute to the cultures and flavors of NYC, Korea, and France at her new dessert destination Lysée.
The menu features both familiar and new flavors to classic pastry offerings. Signature pastries include the Lysêe Signature Mousse Cake with Korean toasted brown rice mousse, pecan praline, sablé, and a brown rice caramel, the Corn Mousse Cake with corn sablé, corn cremeux, corn mousse, and grilled corn cream, and the Strawberry Tart with Harry’s Berries strawberries, Catskill’s honey curd cream, Harry’s Berries strawberry jam, and almond cream tart, among others.
There will also be an experimental shortbread cookie that will change monthly.
In addition to the patisserie, Lysée will offer one of a kind seasonal drinks such as Lysée signature milk with toasted brown rice infused milk, French sea salt, and Madagascar vanilla bean, and the Herbed Calamansi Juice with calamansi juice, honey, lemongrass, Thai basil, and lime.
The desserts at Lysée can be found spread out throughout two floors. Upstairs, guests will find cakes and cookies on display, along with a full espresso bar for hot and cold beverages. Inspired by traditional Korean decor, the upstairs gallery walls are lined with “Ja-Gae,” Korean traditional mother of pearl intricately crafted by Korean artists to reflect the natural light from the floor to ceiling windows.
Downstairs offers 15 open seats with views into the kitchen, giving pastry lovers a unique dining experience.
“I could not be more excited to open my own pastry boutique and celebrate French, Korean and New York City flavors,” says Chef Lee. “I have always been inspired by the beauty and creativity of pastry so for me a dessert gallery is the best way to invite guests into this world of sweetness.”
Lysée is located in the Flatiron district at 44 E 21St Street. It’s open Wednesday – Sunday 12p.m. – 5p.m.