Spot Dessert Bar–NYC

spot-dessert-barThere is an unbelievable dessert bar by Iron Chef Kittichai located under The Bao in New York City. From the new innovative light bulb glass bubble teas to the moist, molten “Green Tea Lava” cake, Spot Dessert Bar is a definite find.

I loved the super airy, creamy, gelato-like green tea ice cream that accompanied the extremely rich lava cake. Inside the lava cake is a mixture of chocolate and a gooey sweet green tea, making a tasty center.

My other picks on the menu are “The Harvest” (a fun soft layered cheesecake in the shape of a plant) and the “Banana Chouff” (a delicate puff with interesting banana milk ice cream and sweet bruléed bananas).

The Spot Dessert Bar is my new favorite place for desserts.

Spot Dessert Bar
13 St. Marks PlaceNew York, NY 10003
(212) 677-5670
www.spotdessertbar.com

 

Two Little Red Hens

two-little-red-hensThe Brooklyn Blackout Cupcake at Two Little Red Hens is a chocolate lover’s dream. It is layers of incredibly moist chocolate cake and super sweet, extremely light chocolate frosting.

It is a nice treat for anytime.

Two Little Red Hens
1652 Second Avenue
(@86th Street)
New York, NY 10028
(212) 452-0476
www.twolittleredhens.com

 

Coconut Cloud Layer Cake

By The Way BakeryI just went to the newly opened By the Way Bakery and loved their coconut dream layer cake. Super moist, with four layers of sweet coconut cake and icing, the cake is a delicious treat. Topped with lots of shavings of coconut, the coconut dream cake is worth trying.

 

 

By the Way Bakery
www.btwbakery.com

2442 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
(212) 877-0806

1236 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10028
(212) 988-3300

Eating My Way through Hudson Eats

I enjoyed exploring all the offerings at Hudson Eats to find the dishes I can recommend as my favorites. I wrote an article about it that was featured on Betty Confidential. Click here to check it out!

What’s happening to Dylan Prime?

Dylan Prime appears to be closed. I don’t know what the story is. I’m not sure if the closure is temporary (I hope) or permanent. This is a great place, and I’m pulling for it!

Goodbye to Primehouse NYC

I just heard that Primehouse NYC closed its doors on September 17.  I miss their Caesar salad and fill-your-own donuts already.  This is what amazes me about New York City.  Even great NYC restaurants close all the time.

NEW PINES PICK — Whoopie Pies

Pines PickBaked

www.bakednyc.com

359 Van Brunt Street
(between Wolcott and Dikeman Streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 222-0345

I set out to  find the best whoopie pie in NYC, and Baked turned out to be my favorite. Baked has a few flavors, but my favorite is the strawberry whoopie pie. It is sweet, moist strawberry cake that is very soft, with luscious creamy, fresh whipped cream. The whipped cream is extremely light and has the right amount of sweetness so as not to overpower this awesome dessert. (Normally, I really like chocolate whoopee pies as well, but Baked’s chocolate pie had an espresso taste that might not appeal to kids or adults who don’t really like the taste of coffee.)  But, overall Baked has great, fresh whoopie pies that will more than satisfy your cravings for a top-notch and super fun dessert.

Runner Up

Joyce Bakeshop

www.joycebakeshop.com

646 Vanderbilt Ave
(between Park Pl and Prospect Pl)
Brooklyn, NY  11238
(718) 623-7470

New Red Farm Coming!

Rumor has it that another Red Farm restaurant will be opening soon on the Upper West Side of Manhattan at 2170 Broadway, New York, NY 10024 (it would replace Fatty Crab).

Given how much I love the dumplings at Red Farm and that I go to school on the Upper West side, I am really excited about this!

For Adventurous Sushi Lovers Only!

The other day, I tried a delicious sushi restaurant called Sasabune. It is a very small place, and only for people who are ready to try what the chef wants to serve you, because there is NO MENU.  The food is served to you at the chef’s whim in the form of a chef’s tasting menu. That’s right:  you have to be very adventurous, and ready to try anything. The sushi though is so fresh and so swimmingly delicious, it is well worth allowing yourself to be surprised.  (I did see at least three parties leave though when they realized there was no menu and no choosing what you will eat!!).

My personal favorite was the butterfish sushi, which was actually cooked (surprise!). It was extremely hot, and fresh, and while the fish on it looked heavy, the overall piece of sushi was pleasingly light. Even the rice in the sushi was hot! The butterfish was sweet and mixed extremely well with the sweet (and almost sour sauce) that was spooned on top of it.

I thought everything they gave me was awesome (and nothing was too weird or disgusting). Plus, it was really fun not to know what was coming up next.  So, if you are up for some great sushi and are ready to be surprised, then you should definitely try Sasabune.  But, be advised that, as the sign warns, you will never get served California Roll or Spicy Tuna roll at Sasabune!!  Expect only the unexpected, and you will be delighted.

Sasabune
www.sasabunenyc.com
401 East 73rd Street (between 1st and York Avenues)
212 249-8583

 

NEW PICK – Chocolate Cake

New Category – Chocolate Cake

WINNER

The Palm
www.thepalm.com

I tried a lot of NYC chocolate cake.  There are many varieties.  Some are more like dark chocolate tortes, but those are not for me.  If you love classic chocolate cake that is not too rich and has a mouth-watering milk chocolate flavor, the Palm is the place to go. They serve a delicious, humongous slice of multi-layered chocolate cake. The Palm’s chocolate cake seems to contain sweet chunks of fudge, which makes each bite really moist and flavorful. The icing on the cake is an even richer and more creamy chocolate.  The cake is super delicious and great with vanilla ice cream on the side.

WINNER

The Palm
www.thepalm.com

837 Second Avenue
New York, NY  10017
212-687-2953

840 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
212-697-5198

206 West Street
New York, NY 10013
646-395-6393

250 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10019
212-333-7256

RUNNERS UP

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
www.delfriscos.com/new_york-details
1221 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10020
212-575-5129

Black Hound
www.blackhoundny.com
170 Second Avenue
New York, NY  10003
1-800-344-4417