When wallets start to thin, the sweetest things in life are the first to go. Fortunately, one Chelsea shop is creating artful amuse bouches for the sweet tooth on a budget.
Three Tarts Bakery + Boutique, named for the trio of pastry mavens who collaborated on the pink storefront, specializes in charming mini tarts, pint-size panna cotta and dainty petit fours. Beautifully composed confections like orange blossom-curd parfaits and banana ice cream sandwiches are turned out alongside comfort classics like Valrhona brownies and bread pudding. The sweetest part? They're all less than $3.50.
No need to tighten your belt for our favorite treats--if anything, you'll have to loosen it a bit.
Economy Crunch ($3 for 2.5 ounces) This pretty portion of caramel and dark chocolate popcorn is sweet and savory, thanks to the pink Himalayan salt sprinkled on top.
Lemon Curd Tart ($1.50 each) Encased in a buttery, fluted crust, the tangy filling is topped with a tiny meringue cookie.
Hibiscus Jewel ($2 each) Delicate hibiscus gelée sits atop a creamy coconut panna cotta for a sweet spring treat.
Marshmallows ($1 each) Dunk one of these oversize pillowy squares into a hot chocolate or grab a bag to go. We like the yuzu for its citrus-and-spice punch.
Three Tarts, 164 Ninth Ave. (at W. 20th St.); 212-462-4392 or threetarts.com
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