Proving that the best desserts come from small storefronts, this diminutive East Village den of high-end sweet stuff is endlessly popular – hence the nightly lineup of sugar junkies waiting their turn outside. Tasteful twosome Don and Chika Tillman opened the Chik in 2003 to rave reviews, offering discerning palates a smart selection of confections, wines, cheeses, and dreamy dishes like Darjeeling panna cotta with peach sorbet and cherry soup with corn ice cream paired with warm cornmeal pound cake. Popular is the three-course prix fixe, interpreted here as American desserts with French presentation in Japanese portions. There are only 20 seats, so be prepared to wait your turn… but know that once you’re inside the elegant, spare space, the aforementioned wait will instantly vanish from your conscience. Do peruse the spot-on selection of Champagne and dessert wine.