The cookie plate is trending at NYC restaurants

That childhood throwback—the cookie plate—matures from Santa Claus favorite to elegant dessert in New York City

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Photograph: Lauren SpinelliEmpire Diner  Celebutoque Amanda Freitag doles out homey—but well-executed—cookies befitting a neighborhood dinette: a chunky-peanut-butter variety, buttery cardamom-sugar rounds, and oatmeal treats generously studded with chocolate chips and Special K cereal. 210 Tenth Ave at 22nd St (212-596-7523). $6.
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Photograph: Lauren SpinelliABC Cocina Rich Mexican-chocolate-chip biscuits and dulce de leche–marbled cookies are among the South of the Border sweets served at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s see-and-be-seen Latin spot. 38 E 19th St between Broadway and Park Ave South (212-677-2233). $10. 
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Photograph: Lauren SpinelliGramercy Tavern  Resident dough-puncher Miroslav Uskokovic dips into the restaurant’s produce wheelbarrow for treats such as raspberry-pistachio linzers, flaky date-and-orange rugalach and coconut macaroons. 42 E 20th St between Broadway and Park Ave South (212-477-0777). $9.

Usually relegated to after-school snacks or sweet bribery for ol’ Saint Nick, the cookie plate is getting a cachet boost around town. Top chefs like Food Network regular Amanda Freitag and empire builder Jean-Georges Vongerichten are offering spreads of cookies on the dessert menus of contemporary diner Empire Diner and Latin hot spot ABC Cocina, while the Gramercy Tavern crew pulled out all the stops at the New American favorite. Sate your sweet tooth with New York’s newest cookie plates.