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Sweets in NYC: Two Little Red Hens, Doughnut Plant, Ray's, Momofuku Milk Bar

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

The sweeties post.

Two Little Red Hens

When in New York, gotta try a New York cheesecake and we went up to the Two Little Red Hens bakery to try reputedly one of the better ones in town. The cheesecake was really good, quite dense, very creamy and with the right level of sweetness.

Two Little Red Hens, New York

We also tried their Brooklyn Blackout Cupcake. It appeared to be a cupcake with a molten chocolate fondant in the middle which was a nice surprise as we didn’t have a clue what to expect. It was really chocolatey and extremely moist and soft - one of the better cupcakes we've had.

Two Little Red Hens - Brooklyn Blackout cupcake

Doughnut Plant

Doughnut Plant, New York

We detoured quite a bit to make our way to the Doughnut Plant all the way downtown to find a queue out the main door onto the streets outside. From the sounds of other people in the queue, it was actually quite worth the wait.

Doughnut Plant, New York
Doughnuts and strawberry lemonade.

After about 20 minutes, we finally got our hands on a couple to sample. They’re quite organised and separated their doughnuts into different types: yeast, cake and jam. We ignored the jam ones and tried one from the yeast and cake categories respectively. The yeast crème brûlée doughnut was surprisingly very similar in taste to a proper crème brûlée as it had the creaminess, sweetness and very slight bitterness from the caramelised sugar taste to it as well as the normal light and slight chewy texture of a doughnut. The cake style tres leches was (duh) very much like a cake. Soft and moist, it's pretty much like eating a doughnut-shaped cake.

Doughnut Plant, New York
Left: crème brûlée; right: tres leches

Momofuku Milk Bar

Momofuku Milk Bar, New York

Continuing along with our Momofuku odyssey, we checked out the Momofuku Milk Bar a couple of times. Opposite the Ssam Bar, we tried the milk cereal ice cream, which tasted exactly like how it sounded: the leftover milk at the bottom of a bowl when eating cornflakes; very different and surprisingly nice. We also tried their crack pie, which was incredibly dense and delicious but far too sweet for my liking.

Momofuku milk bar, New York

Momofuku milk bar, New York - crack pie

On our second experience, we tried the Milk Bar in Midtown for their blackberry and kaffir lime milkshake. Again, Momofuku tries something different with their flavour combinations and makes it work as the kaffir lime was more of a hint to the main blackberry but it just gave it a different dimension. We also bought some banana cake truffles but sadly forgot about it till it was all melted. Still tasted pretty good though, essentially a little ball of banana cake coated in chocolate.

Momofuku milk bar, New York

Ray's Egg Cream

Lastly in our little dessert summary is the chocolate egg cream, a combination of chocolate syrup, milk and Seltzer/soda water (= sparkling water), which reminded me of an ice-cream float. Personally, I found this a really weird combination but then I don’t like floats anyway but it’s supposed to be a Brooklyn drink so we thought we’ll try. You either like it or hate it.

Ray's egg cream

Two Little Red Hens
Upper East Side
1652 2nd Ave (86th St)
New York, NY 10028
Two Little Red Hens on Urbanspoon

Doughnut Plant
Lower East Side
379 Grand St
New York, NY 10002
Other branches available
Doughnut Plant on Urbanspoon

Momofuku Milk Bar
East Village
251 e 13th st
new york, ny 10003
corner of 13th street / 2nd avenue
Momofuku Milk Bar on Urbanspoon

Midtown
15 w 56th st
new york, ny 10019
between 5th and 6th avenues
Momofuku Milk Bar (Midtown) on Urbanspoon
Other branches available

Ray's Candy Store
113 Ave A
New York, NY 10009
Ray's Candy Store on Urbanspoon

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