Slideshow: First Look: Early Summer Dessert Menu at Le Cirque, New York

Raspberry Arlette
Raspberry Arlette

Yes, that's real gold leaf on top of eight of the most perfect raspberries you will find. The raspberries not only have to be perfect, but all eight also have to be the same size or else the arlette won't sit level and the pastry will lean to one side.

Raspberry Arlette
Raspberry Arlette

Plating a desert as delicate as this is a special skill that can only be learned through practice. Once the bottom two arlette layers come out of the freezer with the sorbet between them, the clock starts ticking.

Here's the complete list of components: layers of arlette, lemon sorbet, fresh raspberries, raspberry sauce, lemon zest confit, sugar decor, gold leaf

Strawberry Composition
Strawberry Composition

Mid-June in NYC means fresh strawberries and Mr. Wurtz uses them to their full effect in this very colorful dessert. Crunchy bits of meringue and strawberry gelee elevate the dish even more.

The plate also contains almond crumble, fresh strawberries, strawberry gelee, strawberry sorbet, basil ice cream, basil sauce, micro basil, and meringue.

Milk Chocolate Bar
Milk Chocolate Bar

In order to pipe milk chocolate cremeux with this kind of precision, you need to learn from the best. Wurtz says Daniel's Sandro Micheli is his mentor and biggest influence

The dish includes a chocolate sable topped with caramel parfait, chocolate cremeux, milk chocolate rice krispies, milk chocolate leaf decor, and gold leaf, with caramel ice cream on the side.

Apricot Souffle
Apricot Souffle

This souffle offers a powerful trio of apricot flavors for your palate. The apricot souffle base is paired with lady fingers soaked in sweet apricot brandy syrup, apricot jam, roasted apricots, and almond ice cream.

Chocolate Stove Cake
Chocolate Stove Cake

Jacques Torres, who was Executive Pastry Chef at Le Cirque in 1991, created the Stove Cake after initially building a full-size stove cake for then New York Times food columnist Pierre Franey’s 70th birthday party. The cake features an actual desserts, such as a tiramisu, inside the stove. The pots on top have different syrups in them and the stove itself is made from different types of dark chocolate.