New York's Speakeasy Bakery

Thank goodness there's no Prohibition against mouth-watering cheesecakes and tarts

Les Tartes de Francoise

All the New York bakeries that lay claim to the best cheesecake in the city better watch out: There's a Belgian outfit in town whose ethereal cheesecake is unlike any other in the city.

New York expert Raphael Pallais — the chef concierge of The Plaza Hotel — takes you inside Les Tartes de Francoise, a speakeasy-style bakery whose (almost) unmarked doors are not easy to find.

For more insider tips on New York, read Raphael's blogs and watch more of his videos on, where top hotel concierges dish the inside scoop on the best of their cities.