Dominique Ansel Launches After-Hours Dessert Tasting Table Celebrating First Word, First Kiss, First Moments in Life

Dessert Tasting Table–U.P.Photo Credit: Evan Sung

This evening, an intimate table of dessert lovers will reminisce about their fondest first moments–perhaps a first word, kiss, or dance–at U.P., short for “unlimited possibilities,” Dominique Ansel Kitchen’s just-launched after-hours dessert tasting table.

Guests will be seated at an exclusive eight-seat table in the middle of the second-floor pastry kitchen in the West Village bakery in New York City, where they’ll be served an eight-course dessert tasting menu by Dominique Ansel. The first menu, appropriately named “First,” celebrates some of the most memorable first moments in our lives, remembered through desserts.

First Kiss–U.P.
“First Kiss”

Photo Credit: Evan Sung

“First Kiss,” a sweet dessert of vanilla ice cream, topped with raspberry and mint, is served to the men of the table in a smooth bowl as if they are kissing a woman’s smooth cheek, and is served to the women in a stubbly bowl to remind them of the man’s scruff. It’s paired with a butter popcorn-infused rum and cola drink, recalling the innocence of making out in movie theaters as teenagers.

The dessert and dink menu will change twice a year. Mixologist Don Lee, formerly of Please Don’t Tell and Momofuku, collaborated with Ansel in pairing wine and cocktails with this first menu.

Two seatings will be held per night, at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Tickets go on sale every Monday, at noon EST, for seats seven weeks out and can be purchased online at

Preview the “First” Menu here.